January 28, 2014

FSU Basketball Starts Busy Stretch With Two Games This Week; Bulldogs Home Saturday

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams begin a busy stretch of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with a pair of contests each this week.

Both Bulldog teams will venture to the Motor City as FSU squares off against Wayne State on Thursday (Jan. 30) evening for a league twinbill at the Matthaei Complex in downtown Detroit. The two contests have both been moved up slightly to accommodate a live television broadcast by Comcast throughout Michigan. The women's game gets underway at 5:37 p.m. (ET) with the men's game to follow.

Ferris State then returns home to host Saginaw Valley State in a conference doubleheader on Saturday (Feb. 1) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The women's game tips off at 1 p.m. (ET) with the men hitting the floor at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).

Again this season, one lucky Bulldog fan will have a chance to win $10,000 at every conference home game as part of the Lake Osceola State Bank $10,000 Shootout.  One contestant will be picked at random for a chance to make a layup, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds.

Saturday will be Kids Day with a variety of activities available for young fans including an arts & craft table, bounce house, open gym in the multipurpose room, halftime games, autographs with the team after the game and more. Game tickets for all youth in grades K-12 are $2 per child, which represents a $3 discount on each ticket. The games, prizes and fun are free!

A special promotion for all Ferris State University students will also take place as part of "RSO Appreciation Day". Each registered student organization on campus with a minimum of 15 people present will be eligible to win up to $300 for their group. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chelsea Konarzewski at konarzc@ferris.edu or call (989) 397-8735 by Friday.

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.

Thursday night starts off a busy stretch for the Bulldogs as Ferris State will also travel to rival Grand Valley State for a league twinbill next Monday (Feb. 3) night before returning home to host Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan next Thursday (Feb. 6) and Saturday (Feb. 8), resepectively.

The Bulldog women's team will square off against the GLIAC's leader and the 18th-ranked team in the nation in Wayne State on Thursday night in Detroit as the Warriors own a current 14-2 overall record along with an 11-1 league mark. Ferris State is 6-6 in GLIAC play and 6-8 overall and has won two of its last three games to date. FSU will face a team with an identical league record in Saginaw Valley State on Saturday as the Cardinals are also 66 in the GLIAC (8-7 overall) heading into their matchup on Thursday against GVSU.

On the men's side, the Bulldogs will have an opportunity to climb up a notch in the GLIAC standings on Thursday evening as Ferris State (6-10, 5-7) trails Wayne State (8-7, 6-6) by a single game in the GLIAC North Division. Saginaw Valley State is two games behind FSU heading into its Thursday game against Grand Valley State as the Cardinals are 7-9 overall 
and 3-9 in league action.

All of this week's action 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 of the women's game. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. A live audio broadcast, pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered with all links accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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