Men's Basketball

Ferris Starts Round Two Of North Division Play This Week

Game #21-22; SVSU/Northwood
Jan. 31 & Feb. 3, 2007

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    Julius Vines
    The Bulldogs will begin round two of GLIAC North Division action with a pair of games this week. Senior guard Julius Vines is pictured in last Thursday's home win over Ashland.
    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball team squares off against Saginaw Valley State Wednesday, Jan. 31, in an 8 p.m. (EST) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road tilt at University Center, Mich. FSU then returns home to host Northwood Saturday, Feb. 3, in a 3 p.m. (EST) league outing at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Both games will be the second contest of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.

    The Records: The Bulldogs are presently 6-14 overall and 4-7 in the GLIAC this season entering Wednesday evening's tilt. Saginaw Valley owns a 7-11 overall record along with a current 4-7 conference mark. Northwood, which does not play prior to Saturday's contest, holds an 8-12 cumulative record and is 3-8 in league action.

    Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN. Rob Bentley will handle the play-by-play duties for both games. A internet audio-only broadcast is tentatively slated to be available for both games at www.ferris.edu/sports. SVSU will offer live internet stats for Wednesday’s game at www.svsu.edu/athletics (click men’s basketball and then live stats link). A live video and audio webcast of Saturday’s game against NU will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Live internet statistics Saturday will be offered on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.

    Still Too Close To Call: With four weeks left in the regular-season, Ferris State remains in contention for a GLIAC Tournament berth. FSU enters the week tied for fifth place in the North Division with a 4-7 mark. Grand Valley State holds the top spot in the division (9-2) followed by Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech, which are both 6-6 in league play. Lake Superior State presently is 5-6 in the GLIAC while SVSU is tied with FSU at 4-7 overall. Northwood rounds out the division with a 3-8 GLIAC ledger. Findlay leads the South Division heading into this week’s play with a perfect 11-0 mark. The top three teams in each division plus the next two best finishers will qualify for the annual postseason tourney.

    Ticket Info: Ticket information along with travel directions for Wednesday’s game at SVSU can be obtained by calling the Saginaw Valley State Athletics Office directly at (989) 964-7306. Tickets for Saturday’s home game will be available at the door. For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or go online at www.starticketsplus.net. Tickets for home games are $7 (general admission) or $10 (reserved) for adults along with $5 for students (K-12) or faculty/staff. FSU students are admitted free of charge with identification. A family pass with two adult and two youth tickets is $15.

    Ferris Splits At Home: Ferris State split a pair of league home games last week inside Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs posted a 81-78 triumph Thursday (Jan. 25) over Ashland before falling to nationally sixth-ranked Findlay 75-70 in overtime Saturday (Jan. 27). UF posted its 17th-straight win by outscoring Ferris 12-7 in overtime Saturday. The Bulldogs held a six-point lead with 6:22 to go in regulation versus the Oilers. Ferris played only seven players in Thursday’s win over Ashland. Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) led the way in both games with 20 points versus AU and a personal career-high 25 against Findlay.

    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 78-71 (.523) 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 940-870 (.519) 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.

    The Team Captains: The senior trio of forwards Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) along with guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) are serving as team captains this year. The 6-5 Shaw received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago after averaging 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds in 2005-06.

    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 (Jan. 23) 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 6th and 8th, respectively, in the current rankings. Southern Indiana was ranked ninth in the poll and Quincy 18th from the Great Lakes Region. Ashland was listed among other teams receiving consideration with one vote.

    What A Difference: 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 73-63 (.537) 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.

    What’s On Tap: Ferris continues its league homestand by hosting Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan next week at Jim Wink Arena. FSU takes on MTU Thursday, Feb. 8, starting at 8 p.m. (EST) and will host NMU Saturday, Feb. 10, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (EST).

    GLIAC Player Of Week: Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor (Muskegon Heights) was honored as this week's (Jan. 29) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week based on his performance last week. The 6-0 Sydnor tallied a team-high 20 points and dished out eight assists versus Ashland. He then added a personal career-high and team-best 25 points along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Findlay. Sydnor shot 61.5% (16-26) from the floor in the two games and compiled 45 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. He averaged 22.5 points and five assists per game in the stretch. Sydnor's recognition this week marks the first time a FSU player has received the conference weekly honor this campaign. He was one of three Muskegon Heights players to start both games in the backcourt last week along with Julius Vines and sophomore guard Jessie York.

    Bulldog Bites: Terrance Shaw became only the 25th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point at Mercyhurst (Jan. 18) ....... Ferris has won 44 of its last 64 conference regular-season outings dating back to the 2003-04 campaign ...... Michael Daniels notched his 500th career board against Ashland. He is 23 points shy of scoring his 900th career point ..... Four of FSU’s remaining seven regular-season tilts this campaign are at home ........ Saturday’s game against Findlay represented the program’s 550th all-time GLIAC encounter ..... This Wednesday’s game at SVSU will mark Bill Sall’s 150th game as the Bulldogs’ head coach, including his stint as interim head coach in 1995-96 ..... Ferris needs 10 wins to record the school’s 950th all-time win.

    Block Party: FSU’s Terrance Shaw became only the second player in school history to notch 100 or more career blocked shots with four against Findlay. Former Bulldog player Adam Anderson (1998-03), the younger brother of current FSU assistant coach Cory Anderson, holds the school record of 142 blocks with Shaw second on the list (102). Ferris’ current team features two of the top six shot blockers in the program’s annals as Michael Daniels ranks sixth with 54 career swats to date. Shaw has tallied a personal career-high 31 blocks thus far this season.

    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 vs. SVSU/Northwood Notebook:

    Scouting SVSU: Ferris maintains a 43-29 lead heading into Wednesday’s 73rd series meeting, but suffered a narrow 64-64 home loss in the last meeting (12/2/06) earlier this year at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 6-3 career coaching mark against Saginaw Valley State. The Bulldogs have won seven of the last 11 series’ encounters. The Cardinals, who are 7-11 overall and 4-7 in conference play this season, dropped a 77-55 GLIAC home decision to Northern Michigan last Saturday (Jan. 27). Sophomore guard Lawrence Ross is currently averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game. The Cardinals totaled a 9-18 overall mark in 2005-06 and were fifth (4-14) in the division. Jamie Matthews is in his third campaign as head coach at SVSU, which was picked to finish fifth in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll. Saginaw Valley State has lost its last four games to date this campaign.

    Scouting Northwood: Ferris holds a 46-20 advantage heading into Saturday’s 67th meeting. The Bulldogs have claimed five-straight matchups to date, including a 69-63 conference-opening road victory in the initial meeting this year (11/30/06) at Midland, Mich. FSU head coach Bill Sall owns a 7-3 mark to date in his head coaching career versus Northwood. NU’s currently 8-12 overall and 3-8 in GLIAC play this season heading into Saturday’s game after a 79-63 non-league home win over Rochester (Mich.) Monday (Jan. 29). NU, which was picked to finish seventh in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, is led in scoring by sophomore guard Aaron Simpson (16.6 ppg) to date. The Timberwolves are guided by 10th-year head coach Bob Taylor. Northwood was 7-20 overall during the 2005-06 campaign and placed seventh in the GLIAC North Division with a 2-16 mark. NU has lost four of its last five outings to date this year.

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