Ferris head coach Bill Sall directed the Bulldogs to a convincing league road triumph over the league's newest member
The Ferris State University men's basketball team completed a league road sweep with a 74-48 victory over the Tiffin Dragons in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Saturday (Dec. 6) afternoon at TU's Gillmor Center in Tiffin, Ohio.
The contest was the third series' meeting between the two schools after they split two non-league games last season, but the first-ever GLIAC matchup as the Dragons officially became the conference's newest member this year. Ferris previously opened the two-game trip to Ohio by beating Ashland 96-91 on Thursday (Dec. 4) evening.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 40-21 halftime advantage by shooting 58% from the floor and limiting the Dragons to a 32% figure. Sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan netted 12 points in the opening frame for FSU while sophomore guard Darien Gay also tallied 12 opening-half points with four three-pointers.
The Bulldogs closed the first half and opened the second half by holding the Dragons scoreless for nearly 10 minutes. FSU's lead increased from seven points to 19 points in the final four minutes of the opening half as Gay hit four consecutive three-pointers.
Keenan led the way for FSU with a game-high 24 points. Gay added 12 points for the Bulldogs in the league road win while junior guard Austin Randel chipped in 10 points.
The Bulldogs also received seven assists from freshman guard Dontae Molden and five by Gay en route to 18 total team assists compared to only eight for the Dragons.
Ferris managed a 34-26 rebounding edge and connected on nine three-pointers in addition to 13-of-14 (93%) free throws. Tiffin was five-of-20 (25%) beyond the arc and 11-of-18 (61%) at the free throw stripe.
Ferris improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in GLIAC play while the Dragons fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in league competition.
The win was FSU's first-ever victory at the Gillmor Center. FSU shot 55% for the game and limited the Dragons to 33% shooting. FSU also forced 16 turnovers in the win.
Tiffin did not have any players reach double-figure scoring in the contest as Brian Scott and Alan Bradford both finished with a team-best eight points.
FSU played all 12 players in uniform and 10 of the 12 scored in the outing.
Ferris State returns home for a rare weekend doubleheader on back-to-back days next weekend. FSU hosts Hillsdale on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. (EST) before facing Findlay Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. (EST). Both games will take place in FSU's Jim Wink Arena and are GLIAC encounters at Big Rapids, Mich.