Men's Basketball

Ferris Travels South For New Year's Classic In Georgia

Game #11-12 at Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) New Year's Classic
Dec. 29-30, 2006

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    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball team will break for the holidays before returning to action Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30, in the Armstrong Atlantic State New Year's Tourney at Savannah, Ga. FSU takes on Georgia College & State in the opening game Friday (Dec. 29) before facing host AASU Saturday (Dec. 30). Both games will tipoff at 4 p.m. (EST) inside AASU’s Alumni Arena. The annual event is sponsored by SpringHill Suites Midtown and will also include Southern Arkansas. The Bulldogs will depart by bus on the nearly 20-hour trek to Savannah Tuesday (Dec. 26).

    Media Coverage: No Ferris State internet or radio broadcast coverage will be available for either non-conference game in the AASU New Year’s Classic. Georgia College & State is tentatively slated to air a live audio-only webcast of Friday’s game at www.country102fm.com. To follow Saturday’s outing, visit the AASU Athletics website, which offers a live video and audio webcast along with live internet statistics of selected Pirate home basketball games at www.athletics.armstrong.edu (click on men’s basketball and then live webcasts for more information).

    Jason Holder
    Ferris State and junior forward Jason Holder (pictured) travels to Georgia next for the Armstrong Atlantic State New Year's Classic
    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 Info: Tickets for the event will be available at the door. Directions and additional information can be obtained by contacting the Armstrong Atlantic State Athletics Office at (912) 927-5336.

    Ferris Falls To USI: Ferris State played a strong opening half, but nationally fifth-ranked Southern Indiana regrouped in the second period for a 91-76 triumph in the final day of action at the GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Challenge Thursday (Dec. 21) in Detroit, Mich. The Screaming Eagles used a 21-11 run over the first six minutes of the second frame to take control. Ferris led the contest 40-39 at halftime as the Bulldogs shot 57.7% (15-26) from the floor in the initial half of the game, which was hosted by Wayne State University. USI outscored FSU 52-36 in the final period. Southern Indiana forced 18 Bulldog turnovers and nailed 12-of-24 (50.0%) three-point attempts in the victory. Freshman guard Clyde McKinney (Lansing/Everett) tallied a personal career-high 20 points in leading the Bulldogs. Senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) added 17 points, senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) scored 12 points and sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) finished the game with 10 points for Ferris State.

    Indy Tops Ferris: Ferris fought back from a large first-half deficit, but saw its rally come up short Wednesday (Dec. 20) night as the Bulldogs suffered a 71-60 loss to regional foe Indianapolis in opening day action at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Detroit, Mich. Against Indianapolis, Ferris fell behind 36-24 at halftime as the Greyhounds shot 61.5% (16-26) from the floor in the initial half. However, FSU outscored Indianapolis 36-35 in the final frame and took a one-point lead (48-47) with 8:23 to play. Indianapolis sank eight free throws in the final 50 seconds to perserve the victory. Michael Daniels recorded a personal career-high 22 points.

    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 75-64 (.540) 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 937-863 (.521) 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 captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90.

    Leading The Way: Among the returnees this year is Terrance Shaw, who received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago. The 6-5 Shaw averaged 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds in 2005-06. Shaw, Michael Daniels and Julius Vines are serving 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.

    B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for FSU’s remaining home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.

    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). FSU Assistant Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley will once again call the play-by-play action on the road while Jason DaDay will be the on-air talent for home games. 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 FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.

    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.

    National Rankings: FSU is not ranked in the current (Dec. 19) National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll after being listed among other teams receiving votes with four points in the preseason national rankings. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) is presently ranked first nationally this week. GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State are listed 8th and 14th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked fifth in the poll and Quincy 20th from the Great Lakes Region. Both Armstrong Atlantic State and Georgia College & State were included among other teams receiving votes this week.

    Turning It All Around: 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 70-56 (.556) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his four previous seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.

    Coming Up Next: Ferris returns home from Savannah to host St. Joseph’s (Ind.) in a non-league regional home game Wednesday, Jan. 3, at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. (EST). Ferris then resumes GLIAC action Saturday, Jan. 6, by hosting Hillsdale in a 3 p.m. (EST) home encounter.

    Top Of The Pack: 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: Terrance Shaw currently ranks third in school history with 86 blocked shots and needs only two more to tie Marcus Kennedy’s (1986-89) second-place total of 88 blocks ......... Terrance Shaw earned his 500th career board against Indianapolis (Dec. 20) and is four points shy of compiling his 900th career point ...... FSU’s current five-game losing streak is the program’s longest since dropping five consecutive games during the 2003-04 campaign (Dec. 19-Jan. 3) ....... Ferris currently holds a 2-4 mark this year in games decided by 10 points or less. The Bulldogs posted a 23-12 mark in such games over the two previous seasons ..... Thursday’s game against USI was FSU’s 1,800th all-time contest.

    Strong Connection: Three members of FSU’s regular playing rotation played prep basketball at Muskegon Heights (Mich.) High School including Julius Vines, Jessie York and redshirt freshman guard Anthony Sydnor. Former Bulldog player Keith Guy (1995-97) serves at the Tigers’ head coach. Ferris freshman guard/forward Lou Williams, who’s redshirting this season, also is a former Muskegon Heights player currently on the Bulldogs’ roster.

    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.

    FSU Notebook - AASU New Year's Classic:

    Scouting Georgia College & State: Ferris will square off against Georgia College & State for the first time in school history at the AASU New Year’s Classic. The Bobcats are currently 8-1 overall this season and will play their next three outings in Savannah, including the team’s first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) outing against AASU (Jan. 3). GCSU posted one of its best seasons in school history last year (2005-06) as the team was 22-9 overall, won a share of its fourth Peach Belt crown, advanced to the NCAA-II Tournament and reached the Division II Sweet Sixteen. Head coach Terry Sellers is in his 14th season at the Bobcats’ helm. Junior center Aaron Clark (6-9), who was named to the NCAA-II South Atlantic Regional All-Tourney Team last year, is the squad’s leading scorer (17.2 ppg) to date. The Bobcats were picked to finish sixth in the 12-team Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Both of GCSU’s last two outings have been against Presbyterian (S.C.), which handed the Bobcats their lone loss of the year 71-58 (Dec. 2) in Clinton, S.C. However, Georgia College & State avenged the loss with a 88-77 home triumph (Dec. 13) in Milledgeville, Ga. The team will not have played in 16 days by the time Friday’s game against the Bulldogs tips off.

    Scouting Armstrong Atlantic State: The Pirates won their only previous meeting against Ferris State during the 1989-90 season by a score of 101-75 in Savannah. AASU is presently 7-2 overall heading into its opening game of the New Year’s Classic on Friday (Dec. 29) against Southern Arkansas. The team opens Peach Belt Conference play by hosting Georgia College & State (Jan. 3). AASU has won all four of its home games to date this campaign. Head coach Jeff Burkhamer is in his fifth season directing the Pirates’ program and led AASU to a 23-8 overall record last season. Armstrong Atlantic State also advanced to the NCAA-II South Atlantic Regional for the second time in the last three years during the 2005-06 season. Senior forward/center Bryan Taylor (6-7) currently leads the Pirates in scoring (15.3 ppg) this season. The Pirates were picked to finish second in the Peach Belt Preseason Poll. The squad has split its last four games after winning five-straight to open the season.

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