Bulldog sophomore guard Bryan Pasciak guards GVSU's Justin Ringler in Monday's league opener at Allendale (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
The Ferris State University men's basketball team gave nationally ninth-ranked archrival Grand Valley State all it could handle in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both teams Monday (Dec. 1) evening inside GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena, but a strong second half keyed the Lakers' 72-62 triumph at Allendale, Mich.
FSU led for much of the first half and trailed by only a single point, 33-32, at halftime before the Lakers outscored Ferris 39-30 in the final 20 minutes.
FSU led by as many as eight points (10-2) only three minutes and 15 seconds into the game before the Lakers responded. GVSU increased its lead to as many as 13 points with 6:38 left in the game. Ferris pulled within six points with 2:55 remaining, but the Lakers finished the contest by scoring six of the final eight points to notch the win.
Senior Pete Trammell paced GVSU with a game-high 28 points while Toreau Brown added 11 points and K'Len Morris contributed 10 points.
Ferris junior guard Josh Young tallied a season-high 22 points for the Bulldogs with sophomore guard Darien Gay totaling 12 points and sophomore center Justin Keenan pouring in 10 points.
The Lakers shot 64% in the second half to finish with a 57.1% (24-42) shooting figure and made 19-of-30 (63.3%) free throws with five-of-15 (33.3%) three-pointers.
Meanwhile, Ferris hit 22-of-58 (37.9%) shots and was 10-of-29 (34.5%) beyond the three-point arc in addition to eight-of-12 (66.7%) at the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs forced 18 Laker turnovers with 16 miscues of their own. GVSU totaled 13 assists, seven steals and two blocked shots compared to 11 assists, six thefts and two swats for the Bulldogs.
The Lakers also owned a 32-22 rebounding edge and outscored FSU 34-10 in the paint along with 21-11 in points off turnovers.
Monday's game represented the 90th all-time series' matchup between the two teams and was the Lakers' eighth-straight triumph over FSU.
Ferris dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC. GVSU improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference standings.
FSU travels to Ohio for a pair of games later this week. The Bulldogs will open the trip against the Ashland Eagles Thursday (Dec. 4) evening at AU's Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (EST).