Big Rapids, Mich. - The final Ferris State University athletics event of the 2013 calendar year takes place this Saturday (Dec. 21) as the Bulldog men's basketball team hosts Cornerstone University in a West Michigan showdown at Jim Wink Arena.
Tipoff for the non-conference contest is slated for a 3 p.m. (ET) start.
First-year Ferris State head coach Andy Bronkema will square off against his alma mater in the game. Bronkema was a standout player for the Golden Eagles and a two-time NAIA Honorable Mention All-America pick during his collegiate career under Cornerstone head coach Kim Elders, who's in his 21st season at the helm.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday afternoon's tilt with a 4-3 overall record to date this season and FSU has won four-straight games under Bronkema's direction heading into the afternoon contest. The Bulldogs are one of two remaining GLIAC schools still unbeaten in conference play along with Grand Valley State and are off to their best league start since the 2005-06 season at 4-0 in the GLIAC.
Meanwhile, Cornerstone is also off to a great start as the Golden Eagles will enter the matchup with a 10-2 overall record. They also own a 5-1 mark in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action. CU has won its last six outings to date this year.
Cornerstone finished 21-11 overall a season ago and have averaged 27 victories, appeared in three NAIA Final Fours, gone to three Elite Eights and had one Sweet Sixteen appearance over the past 14 seasons under Elders' direction. The Golden Eagles also captured NAIA national titles in 1999 and 2011.
Bronkema played under Elders during his collegiate career at Cornerstone. In his four years of college hoops, Bronkema helped the Golden Eagles to two regular-season WHAC Championships, one WHAC Tournament crown and four national tournament appearances, including a NAIA Final Four showing. He concluded his collegiate career with 1,725 points, 982 rebounds, 336 assists along with 140 steals.
Ferris State and Cornerstone last met in an exhibition contest to start the 2008-09 campaign at FSU's Jim Wink Arena with the Bulldogs pulling out a 74-73 win (10/30/08). Overall, the Bulldogs hold a 3-1 all-time series' lead in regular-season action against Cornerstone. The two teams last squared off in regular-season play to open the 2004-05 campaign when Ferris State recorded a narrow 99-97 home triumph (11/16/04), which kicked off the Bulldogs' run to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2004-05.
Ferris State home basketball tickets can be purchased in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more information. They can also be bought online via StarTickets.com.
Adult general admission tickets are $7 or the cost is $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up or students age 3 thru 12th grade. FSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID card.
Saturday's game will be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to tipoff. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. A live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast will also be accessible at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.