GAME #5 RECAP: FSU 96, ASHLAND 91

Ferris Men's Basketball Notches High-Scoring League Road Win Over Eagles

Josh Young
Ferris' Josh Young tallied a game-high 30 points in the Bulldogs' league victory at AU's Kates Gymnasium On Thursday

The Ferris State University men's basketball team trailed by 15 points only six minutes into the game, but rallied for a 96-91 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road triumph over Ashland Thursday (Dec. 4) evening in AU's Kates Gymnasium at Ashland, Ohio.

The host Eagles jumped out to a 22-7 lead with 13:47 to go in the first half, but the Bulldogs went on a 18-2 run in the next four minutes to grab a 25-24 lead. FSU led at the half 52-48 and then narrowly outscored AU 44-43 over the final 20 minutes.

FSU increased its lead to 11 points in the second half and never trailed in the final stanza although the Eagles were able to tie the game with 14:52 left. Ferris increased its lead back to 10 points after that and the closest the Eagles came was within two points with 1:08 remaining before five-straight points by the Bulldogs secured the win.

Ferris had three players reach double-figure scoring and was paced by junior guard Josh Young's career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Darien Gay chipped in with 22 points and hit five three-pointers while sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan contributed 19 points and nine boards.

The Bulldogs also received nine assists from freshman guard Dontae Molden as the Bulldogs came up with 25 total assists against Ashland's 1-3-1 zone defense.

Six Eagle players compiled double-figure scoring with Bret Wackerly netting a team-high 21 points. Blake Saunders and Tyler Rosenberger both added 15 points for Ashland, which fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC.

Ferris shot 51% from the floor for the game and connected on 11-of-32 (34.7%) three-point attempts with 11-of-17 (64.7%) free throws.

Meanwhile, Ashland made 52% of its field goal tries and was nine-of-18 (50.0%) beyond the arc in addition to 26-of-38 (68.4%) at the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs also owned a commanding 44-27 rebounding edge against a bigger Eagle lineup with 21 offensive boards compared to only 10 for Ashland. FSU posted a 27-14 edge in second chance points and a 40-32 advantage in points inside the paint.

Ferris improved to 2-3 overall and evened its league record at 1-1 overall with the victory.

FSU wraps up its trip to Ohio by visiting the league's newest member, Tiffin, on Saturday (Dec. 6) for a 3 p.m. (EST) league tilt in Tiffin, Ohio.