Ferris State Opens Season With High-Scoring Win At D2 Tipoff Classic


Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad got off to a strong start as the Bulldogs opened 2019-20 regular-season action with a 100-78 win over Wayne State (Neb.) at the D2 Tipoff Classic on Friday (Nov. 1) night in Anaheim, Calif.

The Bulldogs built a 10-point halftime lead and tallied 55 points in the second half while cruising to the win over the Wildcats in non-league action at the event.

Junior wing Jaylin McFadden scored a game-high 23 points for the Bulldogs in the victory while pulling down six rebounds. He led five FSU players in double-digit scoring in the high-scoring affair.

Along with McFadden, the Bulldogs got 15 points apiece from both senior center Cole Walker and junior wing Dorian Aluyi. Walker added seven rebounds in the triumph.

In addition, sophomore center Mason Pline totaled 13 points off the bench while junior guard Walt Kelser scored 10 for the Bulldogs in the season-opening win.

A total of 11 Bulldogs saw action with FSU shooting 56.5% from the floor and 45.5% (10-22) from three-point range. FSU also made 20-of-29 (69%) free throws and outrebounded Wayne State 41-25 for the night thanks in part to 13 offensive caroms.

Overall, FSU finished with 15 turnovers, but also dished out 17 assists and came up with six steals.

Wayne State was paced by Jordan Jansse, who notched 21 points with Nate Mohr adding 17 points.

The Bulldogs held the Wildcats to 45% shooting with WSC going six-of-15 (40%) from long range and 74.3% (26-35) at the charity stripe. Wayne State also turned the ball over 16 times in the game.

Ferris State, now 1-0 overall, continues action in the D2 Tipoff Classic on Saturday (Nov. 2) night against Texas Permian-Basin starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET). FSU then wraps up the tournament versus Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) on Sunday (Nov. 3) night at 8:30 p.m. (ET).