Media Coverage: The game will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN. Jason DaDay will handle the play-by-play duties for Monday’s coverage. A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. A internet audio-only broadcast is also slated to be available at www.ferris.edu/sports. Live internet statistics will be offered on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
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. For more information or directions, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or go online at www.starticketsplus.net. Tickets 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.
FSU Drops Rivalry Game: Nationally-ranked Grand Valley State pulled out a 70-63 GLIAC win over visiting Ferris State in FSU’s most recent game (Dec. 7) at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. The Lakers took a two-point halftime advantage and then outscored Ferris 39-34 in the final frame to earn the victory. Ferris led by as many as four points with 18:44 to play before the Lakers came back. GVSU was paced by Dan Redder's game-high tying 22 points. Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) led FSU with 22 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs also received 14 points from senior forward Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) along with 12 rebounds by senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright). The Bulldogs turned the ball over 18 times compared to GVSU's 15 miscues in the rivalry matchup between the two teams. Grand Valley State was also aided by 22 fouls called against FSU as the Lakers had only 13 fouls.
Ferris Falls At Home: Saginaw Valley State's Martell Summers scored on a putback following a missed layup with 3.6 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Cardinals to a 64-62 GLIAC win over Ferris State in the Bulldogs’ last outing (Dec. 2) inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed by two points before Julius Vines hit a jumper with 10 seconds left to tie the contest. The Cardinals hurried the ball down to the offensive end of the floor where Lawrence Ross missed a layup attempt. However, Summers laid it back in and the Bulldogs missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer. Ferris was led by Michael Daniels' game-high 17 points. Vines added 10 points. FSU was hampered by 21 turnovers and a one-of-eight (12.5%) three-point shooting performance along with giving up 14 offensive boards.
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 75-61 (.551) 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 937-860 (.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 for Ferris this season 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 per outing in 2005-06. Shaw along with Michael Daniels and Julius Vine are serving as team captains this year.
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). 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.
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.
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 currently is in his fifth season on Sall’s staff. Longtime West Michigan high school coach Dave Schlump, who formerly coached at Cedar Springs (Mich.), is in his third campaign as a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs.
National Rankings: FSU is not ranked in the current (Dec. 12) 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 9th and 18th, respectively, in the current rankings.
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 70-53 (.569) 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.
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.
Coming Up Next: Ferris will take part in the annual GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Challenge Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20-21, in Detroit, Mich. FSU will face Indianapolis Wednesday (Dec. 20) and nationally sixth-ranked Southern Indiana Thursday (Dec. 21) in the event hosted by the GLIAC’s Wayne State. Both games tipoff at 5:30 p.m. (EST) inside the Matthaei Complex. The game against Southern Indiana will represent the program’s 1,800th all-time contest.
Over The Break: Following the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge, Ferris breaks for the holidays before returning to action in the Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) New Year’s Tourney (Dec. 29-30) held at Savannah, Ga. FSU battles Georgia College & State Friday, Dec. 29, and then faces host AASU Saturday, Dec. 30. Both games begin at 4 p.m. (EST).
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 82 blocked shots and needs only six more to tie Marcus Kennedy’s (1986-89) second-place total of 88 blocks ......... The Bulldogs are averaging 69 points per game in their three victories this campaign, but only 61.5 points per contest in their four losses to date ......... Michael Daniels netted a personal career-high 12 rebounds against Grand Valley State ...... Terrance Shaw is only 11 rebounds away from earning his 500th career board and 42 points shy of compiling his 900th career point .... Junior guard/forward C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) was medically cleared to play and saw his first action of the season at GVSU. Van Wieren, who started 27 games last year, also plays football at FSU and broke his hand in the Bulldogs' final football game against Wayne State (Nov. 11).
Strong Connection: Three of FSU’s five starters versus GVSU played prep basketball at Muskegon Heights (Mich.) High School including Julius Vines, sophomore guard 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.
Ferris State vs. Lake Superior State Notebook:
Scouting LSSU: The Lakers are 2-7 overall following Saturday’s (Dec. 16) 85-74 non-league loss at Central State (Ohio) and own a current 0-3 league mark. LSSU presently has lost five of its last six games this campaign. Lake Superior State suffered a 52-50 league home setback to Northwood in its most recent (Dec. 9) conference outing. Sophomore forward/center Ryan Kuhl holds a team-best 17.0 points per game scoring average. The Lakers totaled a 6-21 overall mark in 2005-06 and were sixth (3-15) in the division. Mike Fitzner is in his fourth season as the head coach at LSSU, which placed sixth in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll.
Series Information: Ferris holds a 71-42 lead heading into Monday’s 114th series meeting and defeated LSSU 74-66 in the last contest (1/14/06) at Big Rapids. FSU also recorded a 67-50 triumph over the Lakers in last year’s first meeting (12/16/05) at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 7-1 career coaching mark against Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs have won seven-straight series’ encounters to date.
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