Media Coverage: The game will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN. Rob Bentley of the FSU Athletics Communications Office will handle the play-by-play duties for Thursday’s coverage. No webcast will be available through Ferris’ Athletics Website due to other scheduled programming. Live internet statistics will be available on NU’s Athletics Website at www.northwood.edu/mi/athletics/.
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 game can be obtained at the door. Please contact the Northwood Athletics Office at (989) 837-4381 for additional information.
FSU Romps Past Alma: Ferris State rolled to an 81-53 non-league win over visiting Alma Monday (Nov. 27) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The host Bulldogs jumped out to a 44-25 halftime advantage and outscored the Scots 37-28 in the final period to account for the final margin. Ferris outscored Alma 20-0 in fast break points and forced 16 turnovers in the victory. All 10 Bulldog players in uniform saw at least seven minutes of action and scored. Sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) led the way with a game-high 17 points while junior guard Courtney Blackmore (Benton Harbor/Coloma) netted 16 points.
Ferris Upsets SIUE: Ferris State posted a 57-52 upset victory over nationally-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in its 2006-07 home opener last Saturday (Nov. 25) afternoon at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 31-24 halftime advantage and held on for the victory despite making only eight field goals in the final half. SIUE had been ranked as high as third nationally in preseason polls. Senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) paced FSU with a game-high 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in Saturday’s victory. Senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) also had 13 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 74-59 (.556) 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 936-858 (.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.
Great Turnaround: 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 69-51 (.575) 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.
Welcome Back: 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 Way: Among the returnees for Ferris this season is senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport), 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 Julius Vines 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 three 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. 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.
Preseason Rankings: FSU was not ranked in the 2006-07 National Association of Basketball Coaches Preseason Division II Top 25 Poll, but was listed among other teams receiving votes with four points. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) was chosen first in the preseason listing. GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State were listed 10th and 11th, respectively. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville was listed seventh in the poll. The Cougars were also ranked third by Street & Smith’s and fourth by Division II Bulletin in preseason national polls.
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.
What’s Up Next: Ferris State returns home to host Saginaw Valley State Saturday, Dec. 2, in a 7:30 p.m. (EST) league encounter at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, 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 total home games this campaign inside Jim Wink Arena ......... Julius Vines’ eight rebounds versus SIUE represented a personal career-high ..... Ferris notched the program’s 350th all-time win in combined action at both the current and old Jim Wink Arena with Monday’s win over Alma ...... Jessie York’s seven rebounds versus Alma represented a personal career-high ...... FSU defeated Alma for the 18th consecutive time Monday. In fact, the Scots, who trail in the all-time series’ 27-24, have not defeated Ferris since 1958-59.
GLIAC Openers: Last year’s league-opening home win over Northwood (12/1/05), which came by a score of 88-71 at Jim Wink Arena, ended a 13-year Bulldog slide in conference-opening contests. The Bulldogs, who had won seven-straight GLIAC openers prior to the 13-year losing streak, last won their first league game in 1991-92 with a 77-66 home victory over Saginaw Valley State (1/4/92) prior to last campaign. FSU is currently 8-14 (.364) in its first league tilt since the 1984-85 campaign. Ferris had dropped six consecutive league openers at home before last 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.
Ferris State vs. Northwood Notebook:
Scouting Northwood: NU is currently 0-2 overall this season after dropping a 72-53 non-league setback last Saturday (Nov. 25) to Lewis (Ill.) in Romeoville, Ill. 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 (18.0 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. Northwood also dropped three preseason exhibition games to NCAA Division I programs this year in Dayton, Kent State and Central Michigan.
Series Information: Ferris swept last season’s two meetings, including a convincing 97-77 win (2/4/06) in Midland, Mich. Ferris holds a 45-20 advantage heading into this Thursday’s 66th meeting. The Bulldogs have claimed four-straight matchups to date, including an 88-71 home victory in the initial meeting last year (12/1/05) at Big Rapids, Mich. FSU head coach Bill Sall owns a 6-3 mark to date in his head coaching career versus Northwood. Ferris has recorded decisive wins over NU in its last two trips to Midland by scores of 82-42 (1/26/05) and 97-77 (2/4/06).
The Last Meeting: Ferris State clinched a third consecutive GLIAC Tournament berth last year with a 97-77 league win over Northwood (2/4/06) in NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich. The Bulldogs jumped out to a commanding 46-29 halftime edge and outscored NU 51-48 in the final frame. Dennis Springs paced the Bulldogs with 26 points. Michael Daniels added 19 points, Terrance Shaw scored 17 points and Jeffery Shanahan tallied 14 points.
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