Men's Basketball

Ferris Begins 2006-07 Season In Annual Northern Kentucky Event

Games 1-2 at John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic
Nov. 17-18, 2006

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    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball team will take part in the 25th annual John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic hosted by Northern Kentucky University this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, in Highland Heights, Ky. FSU squares off against the host Norse in Friday’s (Nov. 17) 7:45 p.m. (EST) contest before taking on Christian Brothers (Tenn.) Saturday (Nov. 18) starting at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

    Media Coverage: There will be no Ferris radio or internet broadcast coverage available for either contest. The game against Northern Kentucky can be heard live through NKU’s athletics website at www.nku.edu/~athletics. “Live Stats” will also be offered at the site for both of FSU’s games.

    Michael Daniels
    Senior forward Michael Daniels and his Ferris State teammates open the 2006-07 campaign this weekend
    About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.

    Ticket Information: Tickets for the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic will be available at the door. Please call the NKU Ticket Line at (859) 572-6639 for additional information.

    FSU Drops Exhibition Opener: Ferris State dropped a 97-71 decision to NCAA Division I Toledo (Ohio) in its exhibition opener last Tuesday (Nov. 8) inside UT's Savage Hall at Toledo, Ohio. The host Rockets, who were the preseason pick to win the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division this campaign, shot 62.7% (37-59) from the floor and held FSU to a three-of-22 (13.6%) performance from three-point range. Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) tallied a game-high 27 points for the Bulldogs while senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) netted 14 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Four different FSU players saw action for the first time in a Bulldog uniform.

    Ferris Falls In Detroit: Ferris closed out the exhibition portion of its schedule with a 68-53 setback at the University of Detroit Mercy last Friday (Nov. 10). The contest against the NCAA Division I Titans took place in U of D's Calihan Hall at Detroit, Mich. The host Titans took a 40-20 halftime edge and held on for the victory despite being outscored by the Bulldogs 33-28 in the final frame. Terrance Shaw led the Bulldog lineup with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Michael Daniels netted 13 points, four boards and four blocked shots. Last Campaign: Ferris State posted an 18-13 overall mark en route to making its second consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament berth during the 2005-06 campaign. FSU posted a second-place 13-5 mark in GLIAC North Division regular-season action after claiming back-to-back league crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Ferris also received GLIAC Tournament runner-up accolades last season.

    Two Years Ago: Ferris State capped off a banner 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached the regional championship game for only the third time in school history. The Bulldogs, who won their second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship in 2004-05, concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record and fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories represented the third-most wins in school history.

    Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, fifth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02) prior to being named Ferris State’s 11th head coach. The Zeeland, Mich., native served as Ferris’ interim head coach for a portion of the 1995-96 campaign and led the Bulldogs to a 5-8 mark. Before joining the coaching ranks, Sall was a standout player at Calvin from 1985-90. He twice (1989-90) received second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America honors and led Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) championships, four NCAA-III Tournament bids and the 1990 NCAA-III Final Four. Sall has a current 72-57 (.558) career mark.

    The Bulldog Tradition: The 2006-07 campaign marks the 79th season of Bulldog men’s basketball. The program began in 1925 although Ferris did not field a team from 1942-45 due to World War II. FSU has compiled a 934-856 (.522) all-time mark. The Bulldogs have won 11 GLIAC titles, made eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and reached the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90, notched its 900th all-time win in the 2004-05 campaign with a 110-104 overtime triumph over Indianapolis (12/21/04) in the Lions Club Holiday Classic at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

    Success Under Sall: The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to head coach Bill Sall's arrival, but have since went 67-49 (.578) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his four seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.

    Back In The Mix: Ferris returns three starters and six letterwinners from last campaign. The Bulldogs, who played only eight players the majority of last season, lost three seniors from last year’s squad.

    Leading The Troops: Among the returnees for Ferris this season is Terrance Shaw, who received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago. He had a personal career-high 25 points and 14 rebounds in FSU’s 74-69 NCAA-II Tournament loss at nationally second-ranked Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) last March (3/11). The 6-5 Shaw averaged 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per outing in 2005-06. Shaw along with Michael Daniels and senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) will serve as team captains this year.

    The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2006-07 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen. Eight of the 15 players are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. All 15 players on the Bulldogs’ 2006-07 roster hail from Michigan.

    Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.

    GLIAC Games On The Air: All eighteen of FSU’s 2006-07 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live by local radio station WBRN (News Talk 1460 AM). Selected contests can also be accessed live via the internet by clicking on the Bulldog Athletics Webcasts icon at www.ferris.edu/sports.

    On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.

    FSU Coaching Staff: FSU head coach Bill Sall returns all four of his assistant coaches from a year ago, including top assistant coach Cory Anderson. Anderson, who played for Ferris from 1996-98, is in his eighth season as a full-time assistant coach. Volunteer Assistant Coach Bill Killian also returns for his fifth season on Sall’s staff while Jim Lake is in his fourth season as a volunteer assistant. Longtime West Michigan high school coach Dave Schlump, who formerly coached at Cedar Springs (Mich.), will be in his third campaign as a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs.

    Impressive History: Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90. FSU has won more GLIAC Championships (11) than any other league member.

    Keep On Winning: Ferris’ 18 victories last year were the program’s third-most in the last 16 seasons. FSU’s most during the stretch was 24 wins (24-7) in 2004-05 while the 1997-98 squad posted a 21-12 overall record. Last campaign marked the third-straight season the Bulldogs had recorded a .500 record or better as Ferris was 14-14 overall in 2003-04.

    Season Openers: Ferris State will officially open its 79th season against Northern Kentucky in the John L. Griffin Lions Club Classic. The Bulldogs, who have won four of their last 10 season openers, currently hold a 40-38 all-time record in opening day contests. Last season (11/15/05), Ferris dropped a 103-85 decision at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.). In 2000-01, FSU toppled NCAA-I Oakland (11/21/00) 75-70 on opening day at Rochester, Mich. The win over Oakland represented Ferris’ first opening day road victory since the 1987-88 campaign.

    League Opener: Ferris State’s 2006-07 GLIAC opener is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, versus Northwood beginning at 8 p.m. (EST) in NU’s Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich.

    Back On Top: Last season represented the third-straight year the Bulldogs finished either first or second in the GLIAC North Division. Ferris claimed back-to-back divisional titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 with 14-4 and 13-5 conference marks, respectively. FSU’s 13-5 league ledger last season trailed only rival Grand Valley State’s first place 16-2 division record. Ferris had not won a GLIAC Championship since 1994-95 prior to its first title run in 2003-04 under head coach Bill Sall.

    Bulldog Bites: Ferris State has posted 38 winning campaigns and 43 non-losing seasons in its previous 78 seasons ........ FSU will play 12 home games this campaign inside Jim Wink Arena ......... Ferris’ 2006-07 home opener will be against nationally-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Saturday, Nov. 25, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (EST) in Wink Arena.

    FSU Roster Notes: The Bulldogs have four players on their roster from Muskegon Heights High School where former Bulldog guard Keith Guy (1995-97) serves as head coach ...... FSU also has four other players from the Lansing or East Lansing areas in Michigan ...... Among the nine newcomers to the roster this season are three transfers, including a NCAA Division I transfer in junior forward Jason Holder (Saginaw/Arthur Hill) from Cleveland State.

    Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll. The Bulldogs totaled 27 points but had no first-place votes in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's head coaches. Defending GLIAC North Division Champion Grand Valley State was selected as this year's divisional favorite as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six of a possible seven first-place votes. Findlay took the top spot in the South Division with 25 points and five first-place votes. The league's 13 head coaches voted for the division in which they play, but not allowed to vote for their own team.

    John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic Notebook:

    Scouting Northern Kentucky: The Norse maintain a 4-0 series edge and beat the Bulldogs 85-65 in the last meeting (12/28/02) at the Hillsdale Rotary Christmas Classic in Hillsdale, Mich. FSU last took part in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic during the 2001-02 campaign and suffered a 79-71 setback (11/16/01) to the Norse at Highland Heights, Ky. NKU posted a 17-11 overall record during the 2005-06 campaign and dropped exhibition games to NCAA Division I opponents Cincinnati (87-41) and Xavier (58-44) during preseason action. The Norse are guided by third-year head coach Dave Bezold, who owns a 31-26 overall record during his two previous seasons at the helm. Northern Kentucky was the preseason favorite to claim the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) East Division title this campaign. NKU returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s team, which compiled a 12-7 overall league record. Senior swingman Kevin Schappell averaged 11.2 points per game last season and is NKU’s top returner. A trio of Division I transfers are also expected to make impacts in 2006-07.

    Scouting Christian Brothers: Ferris will square off against Christian Brothers for the second time ever. The Bucs previously recorded an 87-79 triumph over FSU in the 2001 John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic at Highland Heights. Christian Brothers, which opens its season with a non-league home contest versus Lynn (Fla.) Wednesday (Nov. 15), also dropped two exhibition outings against NCAA-I schools. CBU fell at Ohio 72-63 (Nov. 4) and lost to Memphis 78-47 (Nov. 6) at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The Bucs will take on GLIAC-member Wayne State in Friday’s opening game of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. Christian Brothers was picked to finish fourth in the Gulf South Conference West Division Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bucs return four starters and eight lettermen from a team that finished fifth in the GSC West last season with a 15-13 overall record. Mike Nienaber is in his eighth season as CBU’s head coach.

    Classic Notes: Ferris will be taking part in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic for only the second time ever after falling to both NKU and Christian Brothers in the 2001-02 season ..... This will be Christian Brothers’ fifth appearance in the last six years of the event, including its fourth-straight trip to Highland Heights .... The event started in 1982.

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