Ferris Men's Basketball

News & Notes, 2000-01

April 9

Award Winners Announced At Annual Team Banquet

For the second consecutive season, junior center Adam Anderson has been named the Most Valuable Player for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad.

Head coach Edgar Wilson presented the 6-10 Anderson with the award on Sunday (April 8) afternoon at the annual men's basketball-cheer team banquet held at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. In addition to being named MVP, assistant coach Cory Anderson handed his younger brother Defensive Player of the Year honors. The junior standout was also recognized by assistant coach Brian Wood for being named a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Week, earning first-team all-conference honors and being a first-team All-Great Lakes Region selection this past season.

Senior Dennis Smolinski was given the Coaches Award for his contributions to the Bulldog basketball team during the 2000-01 campaign. In addition, Smolinski received the Senior Award for his outstanding dedication to the program over the past two years.

Assistant Registrar Carma Burcham presented the Bulldog Award for the highest grade point average to Smolinski. He earned a 3.59 GPA in computer information systems and was a GLIAC All-Academic pick. Besides earning the Bulldog Award, Smolinski also received a President's Academic Award for excellence in the classroom.

Burcham handed out Dean's Academic Awards to both Smolinski and sophomore Jeff Guernsey. Guernsey was also a GLIAC All-Academic honoree this season after posting a 3.57 grade point average in the computer information systems program.

Anderson, Smolinski and junior forward Matt Miller received Captain's Awards for their leadership both on and off the court.

The 6-10 Anderson led the Bulldogs to an 8-18 mark and a fifth-place finish in the GLIAC North Division this past season. He led the GLIAC in scoring at 21.3 points per game. In the process, Anderson also notched the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior and became the 22nd player in 73 seasons of Bulldog basketball to score over 1,000 career points.


April 4

Adam Anderson Named To NABC/Chevrolet All-District Team

Ferris State University junior Adam Anderson was recently named to the 2001 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)/Chevrolet Division II All-Great Lakes Region District first-team as announced by the NABC.

Anderson was among 80 student-athletes from eight districts honored by the NABC. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the organization, the list represents the finest basketball talent at the Division II level. The other players named to the Great Lakes Region District team included Javar Cheatham of Gannon, Ed Carter of Hillsdale, John Flynn of Grand Valley State and Lorico Duncan of Kentucky Wesleyan.

The 6-10 Anderson was also named to the 2001 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Great Lakes Region squad this past season. He is the first Ferris State player to earn all-region recognition from any organization since former Bulldog Day Day Smith was a second-team pick in 1998.

Besides being a first-team all-region and all-district pick, the 6-10 Anderson was also selected to the GLIAC North Division first-team and the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team this past season. He was the only North Division player listed on both the all-defensive team and the first-team North Division squad.

The standout center led the Bulldogs to an 8-18 mark and a fifth-place finish in the North Division as he led the GLIAC in scoring at 21.3 points per game. In the process, Anderson also notched the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior and became the 22nd player in 73 seasons of Bulldog basketball to score over 1,000 career points.

In 26 games, Anderson scored 555 points to record the ninth-best single-season scoring total in school history. His 179 made free throws is the best single-season mark at Ferris State. Anderson also blocked 50 shots during the 2000-01 campaign to post the best single-season performance in school history.

The Kent City native became the first player to lead FSU in both scoring and rebounding two-straight years since former Bulldog Dannie Hayes accomplished the feat from 1993 to 1995. He reached double-figures in scoring in all 26 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 27-straight games dating back to a year ago. Anderson has reached double-digits in 33 of his last 34 career outings.


March 29

Ferris Places Two On All-Academic Team

Two Ferris State University basketball players have been named to the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic basketball team for their outstanding classroom performance this past season. The two honorees represents the most GLIAC All-Academic selections from Ferris since 1995.

Senior Dennis Smolinski and sophomore Jeff Guernsey each made the men's squad for the first time, with both earning conference honors for their outstanding work in the computer information systems program. The 6-7 Smolinski had a 3.59 GPA while Guernsey posted a 3.57 average.

The Bulldogs finished the season with an 8-18 mark under head coach Edgar Wilson. The eight wins was the most in the past three years at FSU.


March 6

Adam Anderson Named To Daktronics NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Team

Ferris State University junior Adam Anderson has been named a first-team 2000-2001 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Great Lakes Region selection for his outstanding performance on-the-floor this past season.

The 6-10 Anderson is the first Ferris State player to earn all-region recognition since former Bulldog Day Day Smith was a second-team pick in 1998. Anderson is the first FSU player to earn first-team all-region honors since Dannie Hayes in 1995 and only the fourth player in the last 20 years. As an all-region honoree, Anderson will advance to the Daktronics national ballot. The region team was selected by sports information directors in the Great Lakes region.

All five members of the all-region first-team came from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools. Junior guard John Flynn of Grand Valley State made the squad for the second-straight year. The other three members of the all-region first-team included Kyle Hunt of Findlay, senior guard Javar Cheatham of Gannon and Isaac Kincaid of Ashland.

Besides being a first-team all-region pick, the 6-10 Anderson was also selected to the GLIAC North Division first-team and the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team last week. He was the only North Division player listed on both the all-defensive team and the first-team North Division squad.

The standout center led the Bulldogs to an 8-18 mark this past season and a fifth-place finish in the North Division as he led the GLIAC in scoring at 21.3 points per game. In the process, Anderson also notched the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior and became the 22nd player in 73 seasons of Bulldog basketball to score over 1,000 career points.

In 26 games, Anderson scored 555 points to record the ninth-best single-season scoring total in school history. His 179 made free throws is the best single-season mark at Ferris State. Anderson also blocked 50 shots during the 2000-01 campaign to post the best single-season performance in school history.

The Kent City native became the first player to lead FSU in both scoring and rebounding two-straight years since former Bulldog Dannie Hayes accomplished the feat from 1993 to 1995. He reached double-figures in scoring in all 26 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 27-straight games dating back to a year ago. Anderson has reached double-digits in 33 of his last 34 career outings.

A second-team all-conference selection as a junior, Anderson posted two double-double performances this season and averaged 22.2 points per game in league play. He was named the GLIAC Player of the Week on Feb. 19.

The eight wins earned by the Ferris State men's basketball squad this past season are the most since the 1997-98 Bulldog team finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament title. FSU was 5-13 in conference action and recorded the most GLIAC victories in the past three seasons at Ferris State.


March 1

Adam Anderson Named To All-Conference Squad

In an announcement released by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Ferris State University junior Adam Anderson has been named to the first-team GLIAC North Division men's basketball squad.

Besides being a first-team North Division pick, the 6-10 Anderson was also selected to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. He was the only North Division player listed on both the all-defensive team and the first-team North Division squad.

The standout center led the Bulldogs to an 8-18 mark this past season and a fifth-place finish in the North Division as he led the GLIAC in scoring at 21.3 points per game. In the process, Anderson also notched the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior and became the 22nd player in 73 seasons of Bulldog basketball to score over 1,000 career points.

In 26 games, Anderson scored 555 points to record the ninth-best single-season scoring total in school history. His 179 made free throws is the best single-season mark at Ferris State. Anderson also blocked 50 shots during the 2000-01 campaign to post the best single-season performance in school history.

The Kent City, Mich. native became the first player to lead FSU in both scoring and rebounding two-straight years since former Bulldog Dannie Hayes accomplished the feat from 1993 to 1995. He reached double-figures in scoring in all 26 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 27-straight games dating back to a year ago. Anderson has reached double-digits in 33 of his last 34 career outings.

The junior standout scored a career-high 31 points in a loss against Northern Michigan on Feb. 3 in Big Rapids. He poured in 20 points or more in 17 games this season and tied a school record with seven blocked shots at Grand Valley State on Jan. 22. He led FSU in scoring in all but two games this past season.

Anderson finished the season tied for 17th place on the school scoring list with 1,098 points in 76 career outings (14.4 ppg). With one season left at Ferris State, he needs 63 points to move into 16th place on the all-time chart. He is nine rebounds away from moving into 20th place on the school chart. He has garnered 442 rebounds in his Bulldog career.

Earlier this season, Anderson became the school leader in blocked shots and finished the year with 99 career swats. He is also ninth on the career free throw chart with 318 made free throws.

A second-team all-conference selection as a junior, Anderson posted two double-double performances this season and averaged 22.2 points per game in league play. He was named the GLIAC Player of the Week on Feb. 19.

The eight wins earned by the Ferris State men's basketball squad this past season are the most since the 1997-98 Bulldog team finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament title. FSU was 5-13 in conference action and recorded the most GLIAC victories in the past three seasons at Ferris State.


February 27

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad won its third-straight contest last Thursday (Feb. 22) in Marquette with a 70-62 win at Northern Michigan. FSU had its season come to an end on Saturday as the Bulldogs fell 72-50 in Houghton against Michigan Tech. The Bulldogs concluded the 2000-01 campaign with an 8-18 overall mark. FSU won three of its last four games.

GLIAC Play - Ferris State finished the year with a 5-13 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. The Bulldogs were fifth in the final North Division rankings. The 8 overall wins and the five conference victories are the most in three seasons at Ferris State.

Dawgs End Skid In Marquette - Ferris State defeated Northern Michigan in Marquette for the first time in 12 years with a 70-62 win last Thursday at the Berry Events Center. Prior to the contest, the Bulldogs had lost 11-straight games in Marquette. The last FSU win at Northern Michigan came during the 1988-89 campaign when Ferris State pulled out a 95-78 win in the Upper Peninsula. In the win at Marquette, junior center Adam Anderson sank 16-of-20 free throws and finished the contest with 24 points as FSU won its third-straight game.  He also added eight rebounds in 27 minutes of action. In addition to Anderson, freshman Marcus Wallace chipped in 13 points. Senior Dennis Smolinski added nine points and a career-high nine rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Two Seniors Depart - Bulldog seniors Donté Hill and Dennis Smolinski played their final games for Ferris State on Saturday at Michigan Tech. Hill, a 6-2 guard, finished his Ferris State career with 349 points and 229 rebounds. Smolinski scored 155 points and grabbed 116 boards in his two seasons at Ferris State after transferring from Alpena Community College. Hill spent one season at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich.

Anderson Has Outstanding Season - Junior standout Adam Anderson finished the season as the GLIAC scoring leader at 21.3 points per game. In the process, Anderson also notched the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior. The 6-10 Anderson scored 555 points in 26 games. That mark is the ninth-best single-season scoring total in school history. His 179 made free throws is the best single-season mark at Ferris State. Anderson also blocked 50 shots during the 2000-01 season to post the best single-season performance in school history. The Kent City native became the first player to lead FSU in both scoring and rebounding two-straight years since former Bulldog Dannie Hayes accomplished the feat from 1993 to 1995.

Streak Intact - Junior center Adam Anderson reached double-figures in scoring in all 26 games this season. Dating back to a year ago, the 6-10 Kent City native has scored 10 points or more in 27-straight games. Anderson has reached double-digits in 33 of his last 34 career outings. The junior standout scored a career-high 31 points in a loss against Northern Michigan on Feb. 3 in Big Rapids. He scored over 20 points in 17 games this season.

Great Freshman Class - The highly-touted freshman class of Marcus Wallace, Johnathan Bowers, Nathan Wruble, Jamal Harrison and Chad Paulsen didn't disappoint as the five players saw a large share of the Bulldog minutes this past season. Wallace was second on the squad in scoring at 10.1 points per game. Bowers averaged 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Harrison shared the ball-handling duties and made 12 starts.  Wruble started six games and Paulsen saw action in 14 contests during his rookie campaign.

Season Highlights - Head coach Edgar Wilson earned his 50th career victory with a win over archrival Grand Valley State on Feb. 12. . .The eight Bulldog wins this year are the most since the 1997-98 squad finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament. The five conference wins are the most in the past three seasons. . .Adam Anderson was named the GLIAC Player of the Week on Feb. 19. He was the only Bulldog to earn the honor this season and only the second player in the past two years. . .FSU knocked off NCAA Division I Oakland 75-70 in the season opener on Nov. 21. . .Anderson was named one of 10 preseason players to watch by the Grand Rapids Press. . .Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the GLIAC North Division Preseason Poll.  The Bulldogs finished fifth. . .FSU had two three-game winning streaks during the season. . .Anderson tied a school record with seven blocks at Grand Valley State on Jan. 22. The team set a new school mark with 11 swats in the same contest. . .Anderson became the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points on Nov. 10 at Northwood. . .FSU won six of 15 games against in-state foes. . .The Bulldogs won five games at Wink Arena.

On The Career Lists - Junior Adam Anderson finished the season tied for 17th place on the school scoring chart with 1,098 career points in 76 games (14.4 ppg). Entering his senior campaign, Anderson needs 63 points to move into 16th place on all-time chart. Former Bulldog Dennis Johnson (1969-73) is the career scoring leader with 2,312 points. With one season left at Ferris State, Anderson is nine rebounds away from moving into 20th place on the school chart. He has garnered 442 rebounds in his Bulldog career. Earlier this season, Anderson became the school leader in blocks and finished the year with 99 career swats. He is also ninth on the career free throw chart with 318 made free throws.

Wallace Shines In First Year - Freshman Marcus Wallace completed the season as the second-leading scorer on the squad at 10.1 points per game. A 6-3 guard, Wallace reached double-digits in 15 games. He scored 10 points or more in four of the final five games of the year. In conference play, the Muskegon native scored 196 points in 18 outings. In addition to ranking second on the team in scoring, Wallace also dished out 53 assists, recorded 25 steals and grabbed 84 rebounds. Wallace sank 38-of-116 (.328) three-point attempts during the 2000-01 campaign and started 24 games. The rookie standout scored a career-high 20 points to lead FSU in a 80-64 loss against Benedict (S.C.) on Jan. 6 at the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also had 20 against Gannon on Jan. 18.

Bulldog Bites - Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers notched the eighth-best single-season block total in school history as he recorded 26 swats this season. . .Senior Donté Hill reached double-figures in scoring six times. . .Adam Anderson has led FSU in blocked shots in each of the past two seasons. . .Sophomore Brian Monahan recorded the highest assist total in the past three years as he led the squad in assists with 77. Monahan also led FSU with 32 steals. . .Bowers had nine double-digit games. . .Senior Dennis Smolinski had a career-high nine rebounds in the win at Northern Michigan. . .The Bulldogs were 3-2 against teams with losing records. . .Anderson led FSU in scoring in all but two games this season. . .Anderson averaged 22.2 points per game in GLIAC play. . .Monahan dished out 61 assists in 18 conference games. . .Anderson scored over 20 points in each of the final five games. . .Bowers scored in every game he played this season. . .Junior Matt Miller scored his 250th career point at Northern Michigan. . .Sophomore Jeff Guernsey grabbed his 50th Bulldog board at Northern.

 


February 20

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad won back-to-back games last week at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.  On Monday (Feb. 12), the Bulldogs upset archrival Grand Valley State 84-81. FSU posted a 79-68 Senior Day win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 17). Ferris State is now 7-17 overall and 4-12 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.

Up Next - The Bulldogs conclude the 2000-01 campaign with a visit to the Upper Peninsula this weekend.  On Thursday, FSU will battle Northern Michigan at 8 p.m. Ferris State heads to Houghton to face Michigan Tech on Saturday at 3 p.m. Northern Michigan is 15-10 overall and 8-8 in the GLIAC while Tech has a 15-9 mark and is 9-7 in league play.

Senior Day - Two Ferris State seniors were honored during pregame activities in their final home contest at Wink Arena on Saturday. Senior guard Donté Hill scored seven points and grabbed seven boards in his final home game. Senior forward Dennis Smolinski chipped in nine points and pulled down six boards in the win. Smolinski also notched his 100th Bulldog board in the victory over Saginaw Valley State.

Anderson Earns Honor - Junior center Adam Anderson has been named the GLIAC Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in leading the Bulldogs to a 2-0 mark last week. Anderson led FSU to back-to-back wins over Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State as he averaged 24 points, 9.5 rebounds and four blocks in the two victories. He posted his second double-double of the season against Grand Valley as he scored 27 points and grabbed 11 boards. On Saturday, Anderson sank 17-of-19 free throws and totaled 21 points in a win over the Cardinals. His 17 free throws is the second-most in a single contest in school history. Anderson leads the GLIAC in scoring at 21.2 points per game and ranks among the national top 20 scoring leaders with two games to play.

Swatting Away The Records - Junior standout Adam Anderson blocked three shots in the win over Grand Valley State to become the Ferris State single-season leader and officially take over all the blocked shots records at Ferris State. The 6-10 Anderson has compiled 48 rejections this season. In becoming the single-season record holder, Anderson surpassed former Bulldogs Day Day Smith (1996-98) and Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) who both totaled 41 swats in a single-season. On Feb. 10, Anderson moved past Kennedy to become the career block leader at Ferris State. He now has 97 career blocks. The Kent City native tied the single-game mark of seven blocks in a loss at Grand Valley State on Jan. 22.

Big Day For Matt Miller - Junior forward Matt Miller scored a career-high 12 points in the win over Grand Valley State at Wink Arena. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in the win over the Lakers. The 6-8 Miller bested his previous career high of 11 points in the win. Miller had scored 11 points in a win over Northwood on Dec. 9 and again in a loss at Southern Indiana on Dec. 29. He needs three points to notch his 250th career point at Ferris State and 14 boards to record his 200th career rebound.

Back On Track - After seeing limited action due to an illness, freshman Marcus Wallace bounced back to post two solid outings last week. The 6-3 guard reached double-digits for the third-straight game on Saturday as he had 17 points in the win over Saginaw Valley State. Wallace added 10 points in the upset of Grand Valley.  He has scored 10 points or more in 14 contests this season and is averaging 10.3 points per game.

Bulldog Bites - Head coach Edgar Wilson earned his 50th career victory with a win over Grand Valley State. . .Adam Anderson has led FSU in scoring in each of the past 12 games. . .Senior Donté Hill reached double-digits for the sixth time this season as he had 10 points against Grand Valley. . .The seven Bulldog wins this year are the most since the 1997-98 squad finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament. The four conference wins are the most in the past three seasons. . .FSU has now won two-straight games over Saginaw Valley State after having lost the previous six. . .Sophomore Jeff Guernsey has not played in the past three games due to an injury. . .The Bulldogs have won their past two Senior Day contests and three of their last four. . .After this weekend, Anderson will be the first player to lead the Bulldogs in both scoring and rebounding for two-consecutive years since former Bulldog Dannie Hayes (1991-95) accomplished the feat in 1993-94 and 1994-95. . .Anderson is the first Bulldog to win the GLIAC Player of the Week honor this season and only the second player in the past two years. . .The current two-game win streak is the second for FSU this year and only the third in the past two years.

Scoring With Ease - Junior Adam Anderson moved into 20th place on the career scoring chart in the win over Grand Valley State and needs 21 points to reach the 19th spot. Anderson has reached double-digits in 25-straight games and has scored 10 points or more in 31 of his last 32 outings. The Kent City native needs 40 points this weekend to maintain his current scoring average and notch the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior. Anderson is 39 points away from recording the 10th-best single-season scoring total at FSU. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounding and blocks in each of the past two campaigns.

Weekend Preview - Ferris State travels to the Upper Peninsula this weekend to face two of its oldest rivals. In the all-time series with Northern Michigan, the Bulldogs trail 59-34. FSU holds a slim 43-42 edge heading into its 86th meeting with Michigan Tech. Under Edgar Wilson, Ferris State is 3-7 versus Tech and 2-7 against the Wildcats. Both teams have won five-straight games against Ferris State. Earlier this month, the Bulldogs battled both teams to the wire before dropping a pair of games at Wink Arena. Michigan Tech escaped with a 58-53 win while Northern left Big Rapids with a 77-73 victory. The series with the Huskies dates back to the 1934-35 campaign while FSU first squared off with Northern Michigan in 1925.

Bowers Climbing On Season List - Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers recorded the ninth-best single-season block total in school history with a single swat in the win over Saginaw Valley State. The 6-9 Bowers has rejected 25 shots this year. He needs a single rejection to move into eighth place on the single-season list. Besides ranking second on the team in blocks, Bowers also is third in scoring at 9.0 points per game and second in rebounding at 5.4 rpg.

Anderson Sinking Free Throws - Ferris State center Adam Anderson moved into 10th place on the career free throw chart as he sank 17-of-19 attempts in Saturday's win over Saginaw Valley State. Anderson has made 155 shots from the charity stripe this season and has already posted the fourth-best single-season mark in school history. His 17 made free throws against the Cardinals is the second-best single-game total at Ferris State.


February 19

Ferris State junior center Adam Anderson has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athlete Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in leading the Bulldogs to a 2-0 mark this past week.

Anderson led FSU to back-to-back wins over Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State as he averaged 24 points, 9.5 rebounds and four blocks in the two victories. Last Monday (Feb. 12), he led the Bulldogs to an 84-81 upset of the archrival Lakers at Wink Arena as he recorded his second double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds. On Saturday, he sank 17-of-19 free throws as he reached double-figures for the 25th-straight contest by scoring 21 points and grabbing eight boards in a 79-68 victory over Saginaw Valley State.

The 6-10 Kent City native became the Ferris State single-season leader in blocked shots against Grand Valley State as he rejected three Laker attempts. He now has 48 rejections this season and holds all of the Bulldog block records. He became the career leader in blocks on Feb. 10 at Northwood and tied the single-game mark of seven swats in a loss at Grand Valley State on Jan. 22.

Against Grand Valley State, Anderson moved into 20th place on the school scoring chart. He now has 1,052 career points and is 21 points away from moving into the 19th spot on the career chart. He has scored 10 points or more in 31 of his last 32 games dating back to last season and became the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points a week ago.

On Saturday, the junior standout recorded the second-most free throws in a single contest in school history as he sank 17-of-19 attempts. With 17 made free throws, he also moved into 10th place on the career free throw chart. He has made 155 free throws this season and has already posted the fourth-best mark in school history.

Anderson leads the GLIAC in scoring at 21.2 points per game and ranks among the national top 20 scoring leaders with two games to play. He needs 40 points this weekend to maintain his current scoring average and notch the fifth-best single season scoring average by a Bulldog junior. He is 39 points away from recording the 10th-most single-season points in school history. Anderson had led the Bulldogs in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots in each of the past two campaigns.

Ferris State has won two-straight games and is 7-17 overall and 4-12 in GLIAC action. FSU will close the season in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. The Bulldogs will play at Northern Michigan on Thursday at 8 p.m. and visit Michigan Tech for a 3 p.m. match-up on Saturday.


  

February 15

Saturday's Game - Ferris State will face Saginaw Valley State for the 61st time on Saturday at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. It is Senior Day for the Bulldogs as seniors Donté Hill and Dennis Smolinksi will be honored prior to their last home contest. FSU is 6-17 overall and 3-12 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) after an 84-81 upset of archrival Grand Valley State on Monday night. SVSU has an 11-11 mark and is 4-10 in GLIAC play entering Thursday night's contest against the Lakers in Allendale.

Bulldog Bites - Junior center Adam Anderson set a new single-season record for blocked shots in the victory over Grand Valley State as he had three swats. Anderson now has 43 rejections this season. . .The victory over the Lakers ended a four-game losing streak for Ferris State and gave head coach Edgar Wilson his 50th career victory at FSU. . .Anderson reached double-figures for the 24th-straight contest on Monday as he had 27 points against GVSU. He also posted his second double-double as he had 11 boards. The 6-10 Kent City native has now scored 10 points or more in 30 of his last 31 games. . .Anderson moved into 20th place on the school scoring chart against Grand Valley and now has 1,031 career points. He became the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000-career points in a loss at Northwood last Saturday.  He needs 42 points to move into 19th place on the list. . .Junior Matt Miller scored a career-high 12 points in the win over Grand Valley. . .Anderson became the all-time career leader in blocked shots against Northwood Feb. 10. He now holds all the individual block records at Ferris State. . .Hill reached double-digits for the sixth time this season as he added 10 points versus the Lakers.

Hardcourt Notes - Freshman Marcus Wallace notched his 13th double-digit performance of the year as he chipped in 10 points Monday night. . .The six Bulldog wins this season are the most since the 1997-98 squad finished 21-12. FSU needs one conference victory to improve upon the 3-16 GLIAC finish recorded in each of the past two seasons. . .Anderson has led the Bulldogs in scoring the past 11 games in a row. . .Anderson ranks 20th among the national scoring leaders at 21.2 points per game. He leads the GLIAC in scoring. . .Anderson is averaging 24.8 points per game in the last 10 outings. . .Smolinski scored a career-high 13 points in last Saturday's 83-58 loss at Northwood. . .With a single blocked shot against Northwood, freshman Johnathan Bowers notched the 10th-best single-season mark in school history with 23 rejections. . .Smolinski needs two rebounds to record his 100th Bulldog board. . .Anderson needs nine free throws to move into 10th place on the all-time chart.

Against The Cardinals - Ferris State leads the all-time series 35-25. . .FSU is 3-7 against the Cardinals under Wilson. . .The Bulldogs ended a six-game Cardinal win streak with an 81-78 win in overtime on Jan. 25. . .FSU is 1-4 versus SVSU in Big Rapids. . .Anderson had 29 points in the win at University Center. . .SVSU has won two of its past three games and is 4-7 in road action entering Thursday's match-up with Grand Valley State.


February 12

Ferris State University men's basketball standout Adam Anderson became the 22nd player in the 73-year history of the Bulldog basketball program to surpass the 1,000 career points mark on Saturday in a 83-58 loss at Northwood in Midland, Mich.

In addition to scoring his 1,000th point, the 6-10 junior also became the all-time leader in blocked shots at Ferris State. The Kent City, Mich. native scored 20 points and had a pair of blocks against the Timberwolves.

A second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection a year ago, Anderson leads the conference in scoring at 21.0 points per game and ranks among the national top 20 scoring leaders. He has reached double-figures in 23-straight games and has scored 10 points or more in 29 of his last 30 outings.

The standout center has now scored 1,004 career points in 72 career contests (13.9 ppg) and is tied for 21st place on the school scoring chart. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of the past 10 games and is the only FSU player to start all 22 games this season.

Anderson needs to average 21.5 points per game in the final four games to post the 10th-best single-season scoring total in school history. He would notch the fifth-best season scoring average by a Bulldog junior should he maintain his current average of 21.0 points per game through the end of the year.

In becoming the career blocked shots leader, Anderson surpassed former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89). Anderson has 89 career blocks and 40 swats this season. He is two blocks away from posting the best single-season mark at FSU entering tonight's contest (Feb. 12) against archrival Grand Valley State in Big Rapids. Earlier this season, Anderson tied a school record with seven rejections in a 91-70 loss to the Lakers in Allendale.

Last Thursday, Anderson grabbed his 400th career rebound in a 92-78 defeat against Lake Superior State and is now only 43 boards away from cracking into the top 20 on the school rebounding chart. With 131 made free throws this season, Anderson has already recorded the eighth-best single-season total in school history. He needs 16 free throws to move into 10th place on the all-time chart at FSU.

Ferris State is 5-17 overall and 2-12 in GLIAC action. The Bulldogs will host Saginaw Valley State in their final home contest of the season on Saturday at 3 p.m. before closing the season Feb. 22-24 in the Upper Peninsula at Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.


 

February 11

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team lost a pair of games this past weekend. The Bulldogs suffered a 92-78 setback on Thursday night against Lake Superior State in Big Rapids. On Saturday, FSU fell 83-58 at Northwood. The Bulldogs are now 5-17 overall and 2-12 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. FSU has lost 12 of its past 13 games.

Up Next - The Bulldogs will host archrival Grand Valley State on Monday night (Feb. 12) at 8 p.m. at Wink Arena. The Lakers dropped a 95-90 decision on Saturday at Lake Superior State and enter the contest with a 16-6 mark. Grand Valley is 9-5 in GLIAC action and is in first place in the North Division standings. FSU hosts Saginaw Valley State on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Big Day For Junior Center - Junior center Adam Anderson became the 22nd player in the 73-year history of the Ferris State men's basketball program to score 1,000 career points as he had 20 points on Saturday in a 83-58 loss against Northwood in Midland, Mich. The 6-10 Kent City native has now scored 1,004 points in 72 career contests (13.9 ppg) and is tied for 21st on the school list. In 22 games this season, Anderson is averaging 21.0 points per game and leads the GLIAC in scoring. He also ranks among the top 20 national scoring leaders. Dating back to last season, Anderson has scored 10 points or more in 23-straight games. In his last 30 career games, the junior standout has reached double-figures 29 times. Last Thursday, Anderson poured in 19 points on a 7-of-10 outing from the floor as FSU fell to Lake Superior State at Wink Arena.

All-Time Leader - Besides notching his 1,000th-career point on Saturday, Anderson also became the all-time leader in blocked shots at Ferris State as he had a pair of rejections against the Timberwolves. In becoming the all-time leader, Anderson surpassed former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89). Anderson has 89 career blocks and 40 swats this season. He is two blocks away from posting the best single-season mark at FSU. Kennedy had 41 blocks in 1997-98 while Day Day Smith had 41 swats in 1988-89.

Injuries Hamper Bulldog Effort - The Ferris State men's basketball squad was hampered by injuries and illness in both games this past weekend as three players missed time. Freshman Marcus Wallace has been bothered by a chest-related injury and played only five minutes in the loss against Lake Superior State.  Wallace did come back on Saturday to score 12 points in 29 minutes of action at Northwood. Freshman Johnathan Bowers did not play in either contest over the weekend due to illness. Bowers also missed a pair of games earlier in the season with an ankle injury. Sophomore Jeff Guernsey went down with a leg injury in the loss to the Lakers on Thursday and did not suit up at Northwood.

Smolinski Scores Career-High - Senior forward Dennis Smolinski scored a career-high 13 points in the loss at Northwood on Saturday. The 6-7 Smolinski was 6-of-9 from the floor and sank a three-point basket against the Timberwolves. Entering the contest, Smolinski had not reached double-digits this season. His previous career-high of 10 points came in a 99-49 loss at Southern Indiana on Dec. 30, 1999. Now in his second season at Ferris State after transferring from Alpena Community College, Smolinski is averaging 4.2 points per game and has started 13 games.

Rookie Chips In - Freshman Nathan Wruble scored a career-high eight points on Thursday in a 92-78 loss to Lake Superior. In the game, the 6-7 rookie was 2-of-3 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Prior to the meeting with the Lakers, Wruble had scored a personal-best four points in three games. Wruble has started each of the past six games for Ferris State. He is averaging 1.9 points per game for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog Bites - Adam Anderson has led FSU in scoring the past 10 games in a row. . .Anderson is averaging 21.9 points per game in GLIAC play. . .Senior Donté Hill posted his fifth double-figure scoring performance of the season against Lake Superior State last Thursday as he had 11 points. . .In the past nine games, Anderson is averaging 24.6 points per game. . .Anderson is the only FSU player to start all 22 games this year. . .Senior Dennis Smolinski needs seven boards to record his 100th career rebound in two seasons at Ferris State. . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers is averaging 10.1 points per game in 10 conference outings. . .Sophomore Brian Monahan leads the squad in assists with 63 this season. . .Anderson needs to average 21.5 points per game in the final four games to post the 10th-best single-season scoring total in school history. . .Anderson would notch the fifth-best season scoring average by a Bulldog junior should he maintain his current average of 21.0 points per game through the end of the year. . .Anderson will become the ninth player since the 1961-62 season to lead the Bulldogs in scoring two-consecutive seasons at the end of the year.

The Other Marks - While Kent City junior Adam Anderson had his attention focused on eclipsing the 1,000 career points mark and becoming the all-time block leader this past weekend, he also managed to reach a couple of other very important marks in the process. Anderson grabbed his 400th career rebound against Lake Superior State on Thursday and is now only 43 boards away from cracking into the top 20 on the school rebounding chart. With 131 made free throws this season, Anderson has already recorded the eighth-best single-season total in school history. He needs 16 free throws to move into 10th place on the all-time chart at FSU. He is 270-of-438 (.616) from the line in his career.

Grand Valley State Preview - Ferris State will face Grand Valley State for the 73rd time on Monday night at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. Entering the contest, the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 40-32. Grand Valley State won the last meeting on Jan. 22 in Allendale 91-70 at the GVSU Fieldhouse. Under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs have won three of nine match-ups with the Lakers. In Big Rapids, Ferris State is 1-3 versus Grand Valley State with Wilson at the helm. Grand Valley State has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams. A year ago, the schools split a pair of games with each team winning on the opponents home floor. The Lakers have lost two of their past three games this season under head coach Terry Smith. GVSU is 3-4 away from home.

Freshman Maintaining Performance - Freshman guard Marcus Wallace added 12 points in Saturday's loss at Northwood to record his 12th double-digit performance of the season. In 22 games, Wallace has scored 220 points and ranks second on the squad in scoring at 10.0 points per game. He also leads the Bulldogs in three-point field goals as he has made 33-of-98 (.337) shots from beyond the arc this season. A true freshman, Wallace has scored 10 points or more in two of his past three outings. He reached double-figures in seven-straight games earlier this season.

Dawgs End Year In Upper Peninsula - After hosting Grand Valley State on Monday and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 17), the Bulldogs will gear up for their final weekend of action as they travel to the Upper Peninsula next week. On Feb. 22, FSU will visit Northern Michigan in a 7:30 p.m. match-up. The Bulldogs will travel to Houghton on Feb. 24 to face Michigan Tech at 3 p.m. in the final regular-season game of the year.


February 9

Saturday's Game (Feb. 10) - Ferris State and Northwood will tangle for the 54th time on Saturday in Midland. The Bulldogs are 5-16 overall and 2-11 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action after dropping a 92-78 decision to Lake Superior State on Thursday night in Big Rapids. Northwood lost an 80-63 contest against Grand Valley State in Allendale on Thursday. The Timberwolves own a 5-15 mark and are 3-10 in GLIAC action. FSU beat Northwood 80-63 on Dec. 9 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

Bulldog Bites - Despite scoring over 75 points for only the eighth time this season, the Ferris State men's basketball squad fell behind in the opening half and couldn't recover as Lake Superior State sank 39-of-45 free throws on Thursday night. Junior center Adam Anderson scored 19 points to lead FSU. . .Anderson has reached double-digits in all 21 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 22-straight contests dating back to a year ago. . .In his last 29 career games, Anderson has reached double-digits 28 times. . .Senior Donté Hill posted his fifth double-figure scoring performance of the season against Lake Superior State as he added 11 points. . .Sophomore Brian Monahan reached double-figures for the first time since Jan. 11 on Thursday as he chipped in 11 points and dished out four assists. . .With three blocked shots against Lake State, Anderson remains two blocks away from becoming the all-time leader in school history. He needs four blocks to record the best single-season performance in FSU history. . .Anderson is 16 points away from becoming the 22nd player in the 73-year history of the program to score 1,000 career points. . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers did not play on Thursday due to an illness. He is averaging 9.2 points per game. . .Freshman Marcus Wallace has been bothered by a chest-related injury and played only five minutes against Lake State. . .With eight rebounds against the Lakers, Anderson notched his 400th career rebound at Ferris State . . .Anderson ranks second in the GLIAC in scoring at 21.0 points per game. . .In the past eight games, Anderson is averaging 25.1 ppg. . .Anderson has led FSU in scoring the past nine games in a row. . .Anderson sank five free throws on Thursday to record the 10th-best single-season free throw total in school history. . .In GLIAC play, Anderson is averaging 22.0 ppg. . .Senior Dennis Smolinski needs 12 rebounds to reach the 100-career rebound plateau at FSU. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble scored a career-high eight points against the Lakers. He has started each of the past five games for Ferris State.

Against The Timberwolves - Ferris State leads the all-time series 39-14. . .FSU head coach Edgar Wilson is 4-6 against Northwood. . .The Bulldogs have won the past two meetings between the two schools. . .In Midland, FSU is 1-3 under Wilson. . .Last season, the Bulldogs lost in Midland 84-72. . .Northwood had won five-straight games vs. Ferris prior to the past two match-ups.


February 6

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad went to the wire with both Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan this past weekend (Feb. 1-3) before losing both games. On Thursday, the Dawgs lost a 58-53 contest against Tech at Wink Arena.  FSU fell 77-73 on Saturday to the Wildcats in Big Rapids. FSU is 5-15 overall and 2-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Up Next - The Bulldogs will play their third-straight home game on Thursday night (Feb. 8) against Lake Superior State at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Ferris State will travel to Midland to meet Northwood at 3 p.m. The Lakers have a 13-7 mark and are 5-7 in league play. Northwood is 5-14 overall and 3-9 in the GLIAC entering Thursday night's contest at Grand Valley.

Anderson Sets Career Mark In Loss - Junior center Adam Anderson scored a career-high 31 points on Saturday as FSU battled Northern Michigan for 40 minutes before being clipped 77-73. Anderson was 10-of-14 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 33 minutes of action. Besides Anderson, freshman Marcus Wallace also reached double-digits as he chipped in 13 points. Ferris State fell behind 39-34 at halftime before outscoring the Wildcats 39-38 in the second frame. The Bulldogs tied the game at 66 with 2:58 left before Northern Michigan scored the next six points to notch the win. On Jan. 25, Anderson set his previous career-high of 29 points in a 81-78 overtime win at Saginaw Valley State.

Hill Hits Marks - Ferris State senior guard Donté Hill notched the 300th point of his Bulldog career and grabbed his 200th rebound on Thursday night against Michigan Tech. In the loss to the Huskies, Hill also recorded the first double-double performance of his career as he had 14 points and 10 rebounds. In the past three games, Hill has garnered 10 rebounds or more in two games and is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game during that span.

Five Swats From School Record - With three blocked shots on Saturday against Northern Michigan, junior center Adam Anderson is only five swats away from becoming the all-time leader in school history. The Kent City native has 35 blocks this season and has already posted the fourth-best single-season performance in FSU history. A year ago, he notched the sixth-best single-season mark with 28 blocked shots. Anderson has 84 career rejections. Former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the school record holder with 88 career blocks. Earlier this season, Anderson tied the single-game record with seven blocks in a 90-71 loss at Grand Valley State.

Wallace Back On Track - Freshman guard Marcus Wallace reached double-figures for the first time in the past five games as he had 13 points against Northern Michigan on Saturday. He also dished out five assists versus the Wildcats. Prior to his five-game skid, the 6-3 rookie had scored in double-digits 10 times this season. During a 10-game stretch from Dec. 7 to Jan. 18, Wallace scored 10 points or more in nine games. He scored a career-high 20 points at Gannon on Jan. 18. Entering the weekend, Wallace is the second-leading scorer on the squad at 10.3 points per game.

Great Stretch - In the past seven games, junior center Adam Anderson has scored at least 22 points in each contest and is averaging 26 points per game during that stretch. The 6-10 Kent City native has reached double-figures in all 20 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 21-straight contests dating back to last season. In his last 28 career games, Anderson has reached double-digits 27 times. He has scored 965 points in 70 career games (13.8 ppg).

Bulldog Bites - Both Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech have now beat Ferris State five-straight times. . .Entering the Lake Superior State contest, Anderson is second in the conference in scoring at 21.1 points per game. . .Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers had his six-game double-figure scoring streak end against Michigan Tech as he had seven points. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble has started each of the past four games. . .Anderson has led FSU in scoring 17 times this season including the past eight games in a row. . .With five more made free throws, Anderson will record the 10th-best single-season free throw total in FSU history. . .By maintaining his current scoring average of 21.1 ppg, Anderson would post the fifth-best single-season scoring average by a Bulldog junior . . .In GLIAC play, Anderson is averaging 22.3 points per game. . .Bowers is scoring 10.1 ppg during conference action. . .The 6-10 Anderson averaged 27 points and 8.5 rebounds this past weekend. . .Senior Dennis Smolinski needs 14 rebounds to record his 100th rebound in two seasons at Ferris State. . .With four more rebounds, Anderson will notch his 400th Bulldog board.

Century Mark In Sight - Kent City junior Adam Anderson is 35 points away from becoming the 22nd player in the 73-year history of the program to eclipse the 1,000 career points plateau. This past weekend, the 6-10 center moved into the 23rd spot on the school scoring chart as he had 23 points against Michigan Tech. Anderson needs 15 points to become the 22nd-leading scorer in school history. With six regular-season games remaining, Anderson also has a chance to crack the top 10 single-season scoring list. In 20 games, he has scored 422 points. He needs to average 20.8 points in the final six games to record the 10th-best single-season total.

Weekend Preview - Ferris State will open the second round of GLIAC North Divisional play this weekend against Lake Superior State and Northwood. The Bulldogs fell 90-72 at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie on Dec. 7. Prior to that game, FSU had won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams. In nine meetings with the Lakers, coach Edgar Wilson has a 5-4 mark. In Big Rapids, Wilson is 2-2 versus LSSU. FSU handled Northwood 80-63 on Dec. 9 in Big Rapids behind a 19-point effort from Adam Anderson. In the all-time series, Ferris State has a commanding lead over both teams. FSU is 64-38 against Lake Superior and owns a 39-14 advantage over the Timberwolves. Wilson is 4-6 against Northwood and has won the past two match-ups.

Bowers Shows Versatility - With a single blocked shot against Northern Michigan, freshman forward Johnathan Bowers recorded the 10th-best single-season block total in school history. With six games left, the 6-9 Bowers has 22 rejections. Besides averaging 1.2 blocks per game, Bowers also ranks third on the squad in scoring at 9.2 points per game. He is the second-leading rebounder on the team at 5.4 rebounds per contest. Bowers has started nine games this year and reached double-digits nine times.

Next On The Slate - Ferris State will play a pair of home games next week at Wink Arena in Big Rapids before concluding the 2000-01 campaign in the Upper Peninsula Feb. 22-24. On Monday (Feb. 12), the Bulldogs will meet archrival Grand Valley State for the 73rd time in an 8 p.m. contest. Next Saturday (Feb. 17), FSU will host Saginaw Valley State at 3 p.m. before traveling to Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech a week later.


 

February 2

Saturday's Game (Feb. 3) - Ferris State and Northern Michigan will tangle for the 93rd time on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs are 5-14 overall and 2-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) after dropping a 58-53 contest against Michigan Tech on Thursday night at Wink Arena. The Wildcats enter the match-up with a 9-9 mark. Northern Michigan fell in overtime Thursday night at Grand Valley State in Allendale 97-94. NMU is 4-7 in league play. The Wildcats had won three-straight games before losing to Grand Valley.

Bulldog Bites - Junior center Adam Anderson scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Thursday night's loss to Michigan Tech. The 6-10 Kent City native has scored at least 22 points in each of the past six contests and is averaging 25.2 points per game during that stretch. . .Anderson has reached double-digits in all 19 games this season and has scored 10 points or more in 20-straight contests dating back to last season. He has turned in a double-figure performance in 26 of his last 27 outings. . .Senior Donté Hill added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first double-double outing of his career Thursday night. The 6-2 guard has put together back-to-back double-digit rebounding efforts as he had a career-best 11 boards in an 81-78 overtime win at Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 25. . .Anderson has led FSU in scoring in 16 games this season.

Hardcourt Notes - Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers had his six-game double-digit scoring streak end against Tech as he had seven points. . .Anderson is averaging 20.6 points per game and ranks second in the conference in scoring. . .Anderson moved into the 23rd spot on the career scoring chart against the Huskies. He now has 934 points in 69 career games (13.4 ppg) and is 46 points away from moving into 22nd place on the all-time list. . .With a pair of blocks against Michigan Tech, Anderson is now only eight blocks away from becoming the all-time leader in school history. Anderson has 81 career rejections. Former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the school record holder with 88 career swats . . .Anderson has already posted the fifth-best single-season block performance in school history. He has 32 blocked shots this season with seven games left. . .Bowers has 21 rejections this season and needs a single block to record the 10th-best single-season performance. . .Freshman Marcus Wallace played only 19 minutes against the Huskies due to a heart-related condition. He is the second-leading scorer on the squad at 10.1 points per game. . .With 14 points on Thursday night, Hill notched the 300th point of his Bulldog career. One of two seniors on the squad, he now has 312 points in 63 games. He also grabbed his 200th FSU rebound against the Huskies.

Against The Wildcats - Northern Michigan leads the all-time series 58-34. . .Under Edgar Wilson, FSU is 2-6 against the Wildcats. . .NMU has won four-straight games over Ferris State. . .FSU has lost two games in a row to Northern Michigan in Big Rapids . . .The two teams first met in 1925. . .A year ago, Northern Michigan won 80-45 at Wink Arena . . .NMU is 3-6 on-the-road this year.


January 29

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad broke an eight-game losing streak with an exciting 81-78 overtime win at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 25). On Jan. 22, FSU fell 91-70 at archrival Grand Valley State. The Bulldogs are 5-13 overall and 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Next On Tap - After a four-game road swing the Bulldogs return home to play three-consecutive games at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. On Thursday, FSU will host Michigan Tech at 8 p.m. Ferris State is slated to face Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Five of the next six Bulldog contests are in Big Rapids. Tech has a 11-7 record and is 5-5 in the GLIAC while Northern Michigan has a 8-8 mark and is 3-6 in league play.

Dawgs End Eight-Game Skid - Ferris State ended its eight-game losing skid with an 81-78 overtime win at Saginaw Valley State last Thursday. It was FSU's first overtime contest since beating Grand Valley State 77-73 in an extra period on Jan. 12, 1998. Junior center Adam Anderson led FSU with a career-high 29 points in the contest. He was 8-of-18 from the floor and sank 13 free throws in the win. Freshman Johnathan Bowers sent the contest into overtime as he hit a short jumper to knot the game at 70 with 14 seconds left in regulation. In the extra frame, FSU outscored the Cardinals 11-8 to notch the victory. Bowers added 16 points for Ferris State.  Senior guard Donté Hill grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and chipped in nine points. Nine Bulldogs played 16 minutes or more in the win.

Bulldogs Reach Records - Junior center Adam Anderson tied a school record on Jan. 22 at Grand Valley State as he recorded seven blocked shots in the contest. Former Bulldog Dave Swilley (1981-83) also had seven rejections in a contest against the Lakers on Jan. 9, 1982. Against Grand Valley State, freshman Johnathan Bowers added four blocks for FSU as the duo teamed up to break the school record for most blocks in a game with 11. The previous high of 10 team swats was set on two different occasions.

Grand Valley Too Much For FSU - Despite owning a 40-31 advantage in the all-time series entering the Jan. 22 contest against archrival Grand Valley State, the Lakers proved to be too much for the Bulldogs as FSU lost a tough 91-70 decision at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale. Junior center Adam Anderson scored 26 points and blocked a school-record seven shots in the loss. Freshman Johnathan Bowers added 16 points and four blocks for the Bulldogs. Grand Valley State jumped out to a 50-29 halftime advantage as the Lakers shot 55-percent from the floor in the opening half. Four GVSU players reached double-digits in the win. The two teams will meet in Big Rapids on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

Career Night - Junior center Adam Anderson scored a career-high 29 points in the overtime win at Saginaw Valley State. His previous high of 28 points was recorded on Dec. 29 in a 120-100 loss at Southern Indiana. The 6-10 Anderson has scored at least 22 points in each of the past five contests and is averaging 25.6 points per game during that span. Anderson has now reached double-digits in 19-consecutive games and has scored 10 points or more in 25 of his last 26 games.

Climbing Up The Charts - Junior center Adam Anderson moved into 24th place on the career scoring chart at Ferris State as he had a career-high 29 points at Saginaw Valley State. Anderson has now scored 911 points in 68 career games (13.3 ppg) and is 19 points away from the 23rd spot on the all-time chart. The Kent City native is only 10 blocks away from becoming the all-time leader in school history. With eight regular-season games remaining, Anderson has 79 career rejections. Former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the school record holder with 88 career swats.

Bulldog Bites - The win over Saginaw Valley State was the 860th win is 73 seasons of Bulldog basketball. FSU now has an all-time mark of 860-780 (.524. . .Senior Donté Hill led the Bulldogs with a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over the Cardinals . . .With 30 blocks in eight games this season, Anderson has already recorded the sixth-best single-season performance in school history. The record for the most rejections in a season is held by both Day Day Smith (1997-98) and Marcus Kennedy (1988-89) at 41. . .Anderson leads the Dawgs in scoring at 20.4 points per game and is averaging 21.3 points per game during GLIAC play. He ranks 34th nationally in scoring at the Division II level. . .FSU broke a six-game losing streak against Saginaw Valley State with the win. . .The win over SVSU was the second Ferris State victory over a team with a winning record and the second road victory of the year. The first win over a winning team and the first road victory came in the season-opener against NCAA Division I Oakland. . .The win over the Cardinals was the first Bulldog victory of the month and only the second January win for Ferris State in the past three seasons. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble has started the last two games.

Bowers Coming Alive - Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers has reached double-digits in each of the past six games for Ferris State. The 6-9 Bowers tied a career-high with 16 points in the loss at Grand Valley State and added another 16 points in the win over Saginaw Valley State. Against the Cardinals, Bowers hit a short jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. The St. Joseph's native has nine double-digit outings this season and ranks third on the squad in scoring at 9.6 points per game. During conference play, Bowers is averaging 11.0 points per game.

Weekend Preview - Ferris State will face two of its oldest rivals this weekend at Wink Arena. The Bulldogs will face Michigan Tech for the 85th time on Thursday while FSU and Northern Michigan will tangle for the 93rd time on Saturday. In the all-time series, FSU holds a slim 43-41 edge over Tech. Northern has a 58-34 advantage over the Bulldogs. Under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs are 3-6 against Michigan Tech and 2-6 against Northern Michigan. Both teams have won four-straight games against Ferris State and each team has won the last two meetings in Big Rapids. The series with the Huskies dates back to the 1934-35 campaign. Ferris State first squared off with Northern Michigan back in 1925.

Anderson Maintains Consistency - Junior Adam Anderson has consistently been the top Bulldog scorer this season. In 18 games during the 2000-01 campaign, the 6-10 center has led Ferris State in scoring in 15 contests. In each of the past six games, the Kent City native has finished as the high point man for the Bulldogs. In addition to Anderson, only senior Donté Hill, sophomore Brian Monahan and freshman Marcus Wallace have led Ferris State in scoring at the conclusion of a contest.

FSU Begins Homestand - Ferris State will play three-consecutive games at Wink Arena in Big Rapids beginning this weekend. After hosting Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan this weekend, FSU will play its third-straight home game on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. against Lake Superior State. Five of the next six games are at home. The lone road contest is on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Northwood in Midland.


January 24

Thursday's Game (Jan. 25) - Ferris State will face Saginaw Valley State for the 60th time on Thursday night at the James E. O'Neill, Jr. Arena in University Center. The Bulldogs have lost eight-straight games and enter the contest with a 4-13 mark. FSU is 1-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and fell at Grand Valley State in Allendale on Monday night 91-70. The Cardinals are 9-7 overall and 2-6 in the league. Last weekend (Jan. 18-20), SVSU lost a pair of road games at Wayne State and Hillsdale.

Bulldog Bites - Junior center Adam Anderson tied a school record in Monday's loss at Grand Valley State with seven blocked shots. In the process, Anderson moved past former Bulldog Greg Hibbitts (1988-90) into second place on the all-time chart at Ferris State with 75 career rejections. He now needs 14 blocks to become the all-time leader in Bulldog history. . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers added four blocks against the Lakers as the duo teamed up to break the school record for most blocks in a contest with 11. The previous high of 10 team swats was set on two different occasions. . .Anderson reached double-digits for the 18th-consecutive game as he scored a game-high 26 points on an 11-of-19 outing from the floor on Monday night at Grand Valley State. The 6-10 Anderson has now reached double-figures in 24 of his last 25 contests. . .Bowers has scored 10 points or more in each of the past five games and has eight double-digit efforts this year. He tied a career-high with 16 points in the loss at Grand Valley. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in total victories at FSU.

Ferris Footnotes - Freshman Marcus Wallace has 10 double-digit outings in 17 games this season. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble made his first career start in Allendale.  He scored three points and grabbed four rebounds in 25 minutes of action.  He also dished out a career-high five assists. . .In the past three seasons, the Bulldogs are 1-24 during the month of January. . .The Bulldogs are 1-11 against teams with winning marks this season. . .After Thursday's contest, five of FSU's next six games are at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. . .Anderson ranks third in the GLIAC in scoring at 19.9 points per game. He has scored 22 points or more in each of the past four games. . .In 17 games, Anderson has recorded the seventh-most single-season swats in FSU history with 26. A year ago, he posted the sixth-best single-season total in school history with 28 rejections. The school mark for most blocks in a season is held by both Day Day Smith (1997-98) and Marcus Kennedy (1988-89) with 41. . .Anderson needs eight points to move into 25th place on the school scoring chart. He has 882 points in 67 career games (13.2 ppg. . .FSU needs a single victory to record the 860th win in the program's history. FSU is 859-780 (.524) in 73 seasons.

Against The Cardinals - FSU leads the all-time series 34-25. . .FSU is 2-7 against Saginaw Valley during the Edgar Wilson era. . .SVSU has won six-straight games against Ferris State. . .The Bulldogs are 1-3 in University Center under Wilson. . .SVSU is 5-1 at home this season. . .The Cardinals won the last meeting between the two teams 109-87 in University Center a year ago.


January 22

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team lost a pair of games this past weekend at Gannon and Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa. On Thursday (Jan. 18), FSU fell 89-80 in a battle at the Hammermill Center against Gannon. The Bulldogs suffered an 81-62 setback on Saturday at the Mercyhurst Athletics Center to the Lakers.

Up Next - The 4-12 Bulldogs will face archrival Grand Valley State on Monday night in Allendale at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Ferris State will travel to University Center to meet Saginaw Valley State in a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs are 1-7 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action entering the week and have lost seven-straight games.

Bring On Grand Valley - Ferris State meets archrival Grand Valley State for the 72nd time at 8 p.m. Monday night at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale. Entering the contest, the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 40-31. FSU won the last meeting between the two teams 73-71 in Allendale last season. Under head coach Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs have won three of eight match-ups with the Lakers. In Allendale, Wilson is 2-2 against Grand Valley State. The Lakers are 12-4 overall and 5-3 in league play after dropping a pair of games to Gannon and Mercyhurst over the weekend. Mercyhurst beat the Lakers 87-84 in overtime on Thursday night while Gannon edged GVSU 85-79 on Saturday at the Hammermill Center in Erie. Forward Donte Smith leads Grand Valley State at 16.7 points per game.

Wallace Ties Career-High - Freshman guard Marcus Wallace tied a career-high with 20 points on Thursday night in a 89-80 defeat at Gannon. Wallace was 7-of-14 from the floor and sank three three-point baskets as FSU kept the contest close throughout the game. Earlier this season, the 6-3 Wallace recorded 20 points against Benedict (S.C.) in the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic at Winston-Salem, N.C. Wallace is the second-leading scorer on the team at 11.3 points per game.

Bulldogs Fall In Erie - Ferris State lost a pair of games in Erie this past weekend to conference foes Gannon and Mercyhurst. On Thursday, the Bulldogs battled Gannon to the wire before dropping a 89-80 decision at the Hammermill Center. Junior center Adam Anderson led FSU with 27 points in the contest. Freshman Marcus Wallace scored a career-high 20 points. Freshmen Jamal Harrison and Johnathan Bowers also reached double-digits as Harrison scored 12 points and Bowers chipped in 10. In Saturday's contest at the Mercyhurst Athletics Center, Ferris State fell behind early and couldn't come back as Mercyhurst defeated FSU 81-62. Anderson led Ferris State with 22 points and eight rebounds. Bowers added 11 points in 20 minutes of action.

Bowers Stays Hot - Freshman forward Johnathan Bowers has scored 10 points or more in each of the past four games. This past weekend in Erie, Bowers had 10 points at Gannon and 11 in a loss at Mercyhurst. Bowers scored a career-high 16 points on Jan. 13 against Wayne State. He began his four-game stretch with a 10-point performance on Jan. 11 against Hillsdale. The 6-9 Bowers has reached double-digits in seven games this season.

Anderson Keeps Streak Alive - Junior center Adam Anderson has led FSU in scoring in 13 of 16 contests this season and has reached double-digits in 17-consecutive games dating back to last season. He has scored 10 points or more in 23 of his last 24 outings. The Kent City native poured in 27 points in a loss at Gannon and added 22 points against Mercyhurst this past weekend. He leads the squad in scoring at 19.6 points per game and has scored at least 22 points in each of the past three games. In GLIAC play, Anderson is averaging 19.8 points per outing.

Bulldog Bites - The Bulldogs are 2-3 against in-state foes this season. Included in that mark is a season-opening win over NCAA Division I Oakland. . .Junior center Adam Anderson has led FSU in both scoring and rebounding in six games this year. . .Ferris State out-rebounded both Gannon and Mercyhurst this past weekend. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in total victories at Ferris State. . .Both Gannon and Mercyhurst have now won three-straight games against Ferris State. . .Sophomore Brian Monahan has started the past four games. . .Anderson is the only FSU player to start all 16 games this season. . .In four trips to Erie to face Gannon and Mercyhurst, the Bulldogs are 2-6 against the two schools. . .The Bulldogs are 1-10 against teams with winning records this year . . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers ranks second on the squad in rebounding at 5.9 boards per game. . .Anderson leads FSU in rebounding at 6.2 rpg. . .Senior Donté Hill has not reached double-figures in any of the past six games. He had reached double-digits in three-consecutive contests prior to that stretch. . .Wallace has 10 double-digit outings in 16 games this season.

January Not Jolly - The new year has not been kind to the Ferris State men's basketball squad in each of the past three seasons. Over the past three years, the Bulldogs have won only one of 24 games during the month of January. After winning three-straight games in late December to push their mark to 4-5, the Bulldogs are 0-6 this month and have lost seven-straight games since the Holiday break. A year ago, Ferris State lost 12-straight games after the Christmas break before winning at Lake Superior State 77-72 on Feb. 10, 2000. FSU's last January victory came on Jan. 2, 1999, when Ferris State pulled out a 77-73 win over Ashland in Big Rapids.

Saginaw Preview - Ferris State holds a 34-25 edge in the all-time series entering Thursday's contest at Saginaw Valley State. The Cardinals will enter the game with a 9-7 mark after losing a pair of league games this past weekend at Hillsdale and Wayne State. Saginaw Valley State is 2-6 in the conference. Under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs are 2-7 against the Cardinals.  SVSU has won six-straight games against Ferris State. In University Center, Wilson is 1-3. This season, the Cardinals are 5-1 at home under third-year coach Dean Lockwood. Saginaw Valley State has not played a conference game at home since Dec. 2. Junior guard Terrence Wright leads the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game and has sank 31-of-73 three-point shots.

Anderson Approaching Top Of Chart - Junior center Adam Anderson is four blocks away from moving into a tie for second place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. Anderson has 68 career rejections and is in sole possession of third place on the career list entering Monday's match-up at Grand Valley State. Former Bulldog Greg Hibbitts (1988-90) is in second place with 72 career swats. In 16 games this season, the 6-10 Anderson has 19 blocks. A year ago, he rejected 28 shots to record the sixth-best single-season mark in school history.

Dawgs Head Back To Big Rapids - Ferris State will return home to play three-consecutive games at Wink Arena. On Feb. 1, the Bulldogs will host Michigan Tech at 8 p.m. Northern Michigan will visit Big Rapids on Feb. 3 in a 1 p.m. tilt. After Thursday's contest at Saginaw Valley State, five of the next six Bulldog games are at home. The lone road contest is Feb. 10 at Northwood.


January 15

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team dropped two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games at Wink Arena in Big Rapids this past weekend (Jan. 11-13). On Thursday, FSU lost to Hillsdale 74-57. The Bulldogs battled Wayne State on Saturday before losing their fifth-straight game 78-71.

Up Next - The Bulldogs will attempt to get back on track as they travel East to face a pair of GLIAC South Division opponents this weekend in Erie, Pa. Ferris State will play at Gannon on Thursday (Jan. 18) at 8 p.m. FSU will visit Mercyhurst in a 3 p.m. match-up on Saturday. Gannon is 11-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference while Mercyhurst has a record of 10-5 and is also 5-2 in GLIAC action.

Bulldogs Battle Wayne To Wire - After falling behind by 11 points at halftime, the Ferris State men's basketball squad battled back against Wayne State on Saturday before dropping a 78-71 decision at Wink Arena. With 23 seconds remaining in the contest, the Bulldogs trailed by three points. Wayne State, however, sank six free throws in the final 16 seconds to earn the win. Junior center Adam Anderson led Ferris State as he recorded his first double-double performance of the season. The 6-10 center had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Johnathan Bowers poured in a career-high 16 points and had five rebounds in the loss.  Freshman Marcus Wallace also reached double-digits as he had 13 points for FSU. Ferris State had a season-low 12 turnovers in the contest.

Four Swats Away - With three blocked shots on Saturday against Wayne State, junior center Adam Anderson is now four blocks away from moving into a tie for second place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. Anderson has 68 career rejections and is in sole possession of third place on the career list. Former Bulldog Greg Hibbitts (1988-90) is in second place with 72 career swats. In 14 games this season, the 6-10 Anderson has 19 blocks. He ranks among the conference leaders at 1.35 bpg.

Bulldogs Drop GLIAC Game - Hillsdale outscored Ferris State 15-7 from the charity stripe and sank seven three-point baskets to beat the Bulldogs 74-57 last Thursday (Jan. 11) at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The Chargers had six players reach double-digits and held FSU to a 32.4-percent effort from the field during the contest. Junior center Adam Anderson scored a layup with 3:44 remaining against the Chargers to record his 14th-straight double-figure scoring performance. He led Ferris State with 11 points. Freshman Johnathan Bowers added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds while sophomore Brian Monahan chipped in 10 points on a 4-of-9 outing from the floor.

Bowers Solid In Back-To-Back Outings - Freshman Johnathan Bowers put together two solid outings this past weekend as he recorded a career-high 16 points against Wayne State and added 10 points in the loss against Hillsdale. Bowers, a 6-9 forward, had not posted two-consecutive double-figure scoring performances since opening the 2000-01 campaign with 12 points in a win at Oakland and pouring in 15 points at Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. He is averaging 8.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest.

Streak Still Alive - Junior center Adam Anderson has scored in double-figures in all 14 games this season and is averaging 18.9 points per game. The 6-10 Kent City native has reached double-digits in 15-consecutive games dating back to last season. He has scored 10 points or more in 21 of his last 22 outings. A year ago, Anderson posted double-figure performances in 21 of 26 contests. He averaged 14.6 points per game. He recorded his first double-double of the season on Saturday against Wayne State.

Bulldog Bites - FSU had nine blocks against Hillsdale. The school record for most blocked shots in a contest is 10 recorded on two different occasions. . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers scored 10 of FSU's 19 bench points and grabbed eight of the 16 rebounds by the Bulldog reserves in the loss to Hillsdale. He also had 16 of the 18 bench points on Saturday. . .Three of the five wins in the two-year history of the new Wink Arena have came this season. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in career victories at Ferris State. . .Anderson has led FSU in both scoring and rebounding in five games this season. . .Wayne State has now won four straight games against the Bulldogs. . .Anderson leads FSU in scoring at 18.9 points per game and ranks third in the conference in scoring. . .Sophomore Brian Monahan made his first two starts of the season this past weekend.  He scored 10 points against Hillsdale and added eight points in the game with Wayne State. A year ago, he started 11 games for Ferris State. . .Of the top eight members of the Bulldog playing rotation, six are underclassmen. Only senior starters Donté Hill and Dennis Smolinski will depart at the end of the season.

Streak Ends - Hillsdale ended FSU's three-game winning streak at Wink Arena with a 74-57 win on Thursday. Prior to the contest with the Chargers, the Bulldogs had won three-consecutive games at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. FSU began the streak with a win over Northwood on Dec. 9 and also beat Quincy (Ill.) and Wisconsin-Parkside during the stretch. The three wins in a row at home also gave Ferris State its first three-game winning streak since winning three-straight games to capture the GLIAC Tournament Championship in February of 1998. The Bulldogs are now 3-4 at Wink Arena this season.

Erie Preview - The Bulldogs trail in the all-time series against both of this week's foes. Both series date back to the 1995-96 campaign. In the series with Gannon, the Knights hold a 3-2 edge. Last season, Gannon won in Big Rapids 89-67. Against Gannon, head coach Edgar Wilson is 1-3. His lone win came at home 65-63 on Jan. 8, 1998. Since then, the Knights have won two-straight contests. Mercyhurst leads the Bulldogs 4-2. The Lakers have also won two games in a row against Ferris State. FSU's last win came 87-74 on Jan. 10, 1998. Under Wilson, the Bulldogs are 2-2 against the Lakers and 1-1 in Erie. In three trips to Erie to face the two schools, Ferris State has won two games.  FSU beat Gannon during the 1995-96 campaign and toppled Mercyhurst a year later.

Not A Freshman Anymore - The Bulldogs have played three freshman on a regular basis this season.  Out of the three, Muskegon native Marcus Wallace has turned in the best offensive production. Wallace ranks second on the squad in scoring at 11.0 points per game and has reached double-digits in nine games this season. He had his seven-game double-figure scoring streak end on Thursday against Hillsdale. The 6-3 wing player has also led FSU in rebounding and steals in three contests and has dished out the most Bulldog assists in five games this season.

Dawgs Will Get Very Little Rest - After the weekend trip to Erie, the Bulldogs will have very little rest as they are slated to travel to Allendale to face archrival Grand Valley State on Monday, Jan. 22. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. . .Next Thursday (Jan. 25), FSU will complete its four-game road swing at Saginaw Valley State. The match-up in University Center is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.


January 12

Saturday's Game (Jan. 13) - Ferris State will meet Wayne State for the 60th time on Saturday at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs lost their fourth-straight contest on Thursday night with a 74-57 loss against Hillsdale. FSU is 4-9 overall entering Saturday's game and 1-4 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. Wayne State has an 8-7 mark and is 2-4 in the conference. The Warriors lost a 90-83 decision at Grand Valley State on Thursday night. Junior Rick Fox scored 28 points in the loss on a 10-of-15 outing from the floor.

Game Notes - Hillsdale ended FSU's three-game winning streak at the new Jim Wink Arena on Thursday. The Bulldogs are now 3-3 at home this season. . .Junior center Adam Anderson scored a layup with 3:44 remaining against the Chargers to record his 14th-straight double-figure scoring performance. Anderson led FSU with 11 points and has now scored 10 points or more in 20 of his last 21 outings. He has reached double-digits in all 13 games this season. . .Anderson needs seven blocked shots to move into a tie for second place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. . .FSU had nine blocks against Hillsdale. The school record for most blocked shots in a contest is 10 recorded on two different occasions . . .Sophomore Brian Monahan and freshman Johnathan Bowers both scored 10 points on Thursday night. . .Freshman Marcus Wallace had his double-figure scoring streak end on Thursday as he scored five points against the Chargers. The 6-3 guard had reached double-digits in seven-straight games. . .Three of the five wins in the two-year history of the new Wink Arena have came this season. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in career victories at Ferris State. . .Bowers scored 10 of FSU's 19 bench points on Thursday. He also grabbed eight of the 16 rebounds recorded by the Bulldog reserves . . .Anderson leads FSU in scoring at 18.5 points per game and ranks third on the GLIAC scoring chart. . .Wallace is the only other Bulldog with a double-figure scoring average. He has 141 points this season in 13 contests (10.8 ppg). . .Anderson is fifth and Bowers is seventh in blocks on the conference chart. Anderson has 16 swats in 13 games (1.23 bpg) while Bowers has 11 rejections in 11 contests (1.0 bpg). . .FSU ranks third among GLIAC schools in blocked shots at 3.85 bpg. . .In conference games, senior Donté Hill ranks fifth in steals at 2.2 spg. . .Anderson has led FSU in both scoring and rebounding in four games this season. . .FSU beings a four-game road swing next week as the Bulldogs play at Gannon (Jan. 18) and at Mercyhurst (Jan. 20) next weekend. The Bulldogs will also visit Grand Valley State (Jan. 22) and Saginaw Valley State (Jan. 25) before returning home to face Michigan Tech on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.

Against The Warriors - FSU leads the all-time series 33-26. . .Wayne State has won the past three contests. . .Under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs are 1-3 against the Warriors. . .Last season, WSU won 80-46 in Detroit. . .The last FSU win came in Big Rapids on Dec. 19, 1996. . .The first contest between the two teams was played during the 1966-67 season. Wayne State won that game 78-71.


January 8

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team lost a pair of games at the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic this past weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bulldogs fell to Winston-Salem State 94-57 on Friday (Jan. 5) and suffered a 80-64 setback on Saturday (Jan. 6) against Benedict (S.C.). FSU is now 4-8 overall.

Up Next - The Bulldogs will return to Big Rapids to open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action in the new year on Thursday as FSU hosts Hillsdale at 8 p.m. Ferris State will battle Wayne State on Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest. FSU has won three-straight games at the new Jim Wink Arena and is 3-2 at home this season. Entering the weekend, the Bulldogs are 1-3 in GLIAC play.

Anderson In Third Place - Junior center Adam Anderson moved into sole possession of third place on the career blocked shots chart with four swats on Saturday against Benedict. The 6-10 Anderson has 63 career rejections and needs nine more blocks to move into a tie for second place with Greg Hibbitts (1988-90) on the all-time chart. Anderson has 14 blocks this season. Former Bulldog Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the all-time leader with 88 blocked shots.

Bulldogs Fall In Consolation Game - Despite a career-high 20 points and seven rebounds from freshman Marcus Wallace, the Ferris State men's basketball squad couldn't quite bring home a third-place trophy as the Bulldogs fell 80-64 to Benedict (S.C.) in the consolation game at the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic on Saturday at Winston-Salem, N.C. Wallace was 8-of-16 from the floor in the contest and sank 3-of-4 shots from the charity stripe to lead FSU. He also dished out four assists and recorded four steals in the game. In addition to Wallace, junior Adam Anderson and sophomore Brian Monahan also reached double-digits. Anderson scored 14 points and dished out three assists while Monahan had 11 points and a pair of steals in the contest. Benedict outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-33 and forced 28 FSU turnovers. Dawgs Fall To Host School - Winston-Salem State held Ferris State to a 31-percent shooting percentage from the floor and forced 27 Bulldog turnovers in a 94-57 victory at the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic on Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C. In the tournament opener for both teams, the Rams jumped out to an 18-point halftime advantage and cruised to the win. Winston-Salem scored 37 points off of FSU miscues during the contest.

Ferris State was led by junior center Adam Anderson. He scored 18 points and was 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. Freshman Marcus Wallace chipped in 11 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. The loss was the second-straight for FSU after the squad had put together a three-game winning streak prior to the holiday break.

Wallace Has Hot Hand - Muskegon freshman Marcus Wallace has had the hot hand for Ferris State as of late. The 6-1 guard has reached double-digits in each of the past seven games and ranks second on the squad in scoring at 11.3 points per game. Against Benedict, Wallace led Ferris State in scoring for the first time this season with a career-high 20 points. He also led FSU in rebounding, assists and steals as he had seven boards, four steals and dished out four assists. Wallace has eight double-figure scoring outings this season.

Double-Figures - Junior center Adam Anderson has scored in double-figures in all 12 games this season and is averaging 19.1 points per game. The 6-10 Kent City native has reached double-digits in 13-consecutive games dating back to last season. He has scored 10 points or more in 19 of his last 20 outings. A year ago, Anderson posted double-figure performances in 21 of 26 contests. He averaged 14.6 points per game. On Dec. 29, Anderson scored a career-high 28 points against Southern Indiana.

Bulldog Bites - Three of the five wins at the new Jim Wink Arena have came this season. The Bulldogs are 3-2 at home during the 2000-01 campaign and have won three-straight games on their home floor. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in total wins at Ferris State with a career mark of 48-74. . .Adam Anderson has led FSU in both scoring and rebounding in four games this season. . .The Bulldogs had never faced either Winston-Salem State or Benedict prior to the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic. . .FSU's three-game winning streak at home in late December marked the first time the squad had won three games in a row since storming through the GLIAC Tournament during the 1997-98 campaign. . .Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the North Division in the 2000-01 GLIAC Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll. . .In their last GLIAC contest on Dec. 9, the Bulldogs recorded 15 steals against Northwood. The 15 thefts are the most by a GLIAC team in conference play this season. . .The C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic completed the non-conference portion of the schedule for FSU. FSU was 3-5 in non-conference games. The Bulldogs have 14 GLIAC games remaining and are 1-3 in conference play.

Weekend Preview - Entering the weekend, Ferris State holds a commanding lead in the all-time series against both Hillsdale and Wayne State. Against Hillsdale, the Bulldogs own a 55-34 advantage in a series that dates back to the 1946-47 campaign. FSU is 3-1 in the Edgar Wilson era. A year ago, the Chargers pulled out a 62-60 win at Hillsdale. Prior to that contest, Ferris State had won three-straight meetings between the two schools. In the all-time series with Wayne State, FSU holds a 33-26 edge. Under Edgar Wilson, however, the Warriors have won three of four match-ups. Last season, Wayne State won the only meeting 80-46 in Detroit. The Warriors have won three-straight games. Ferris State's last win came during the 1996-97 season.

A Season Of Streaks - The 2000-01 campaign has been a season of streaks for the Ferris State men's basketball squad thus far. After a season-opening win over NCAA Division I Oakland, the Bulldogs have had three streaks of three games or more. During the first streak, FSU lost five-straight games. The streak began with a loss at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 25. On Dec. 9, Ferris State broke its five-game skid with a 80-63 win over Northwood. That contest marked the beginning of a three-game stretch in which the Bulldogs won three games in a row at Wink Arena. Currently, FSU has lost three-straight games on the road.

Among The GLIAC Leaders - Junior Adam Anderson ranks fourth in the conference in scoring during GLIAC play at 18.5 points per game. In four conference games, the 6-10 Anderson has scored 74 points. Terrence Wright of Saginaw Valley State is the conference leader at 20.5 points per game. In GLIAC play, Anderson also ranks 12th in rebounding at 6.5 boards per game and is seventh in blocked shots at 1.0 bpg. Last season, Anderson averaged 15.3 points per game in 19 conference contests.

Road Swing Around The Corner - Ferris State will travel to Pennsylvania next week to begin a four-game road swing as they face Gannon and Mercyhurst in conference action. The Bulldogs will visit Gannon on Thursday (Jan. 18) at 8 p.m. and face Mercyhurst on Saturday (Jan. 20) at 3 p.m. On Jan. 22, Ferris State will travel to Allendale to face archrival Grand Valley State and will complete the swing with a trip to Saginaw Valley State Jan. 25.


December 30

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University Men's Basketball squad had its three-game winning streak come to a halt on Friday night (Dec. 29) as the Bulldogs fell to NCAA Division II No.3-ranked Southern Indiana 120-100 in Evansville, Ind. The Bulldogs are 4-6 overall and 1-3 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.

Up Next - Ferris State will take part in the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic Jan. 5-6 in Winston-Salem, N.C. FSU will face Winston-Salem State on Friday at 7 p.m. In the other opening-round contest, Southern Connecticut State will meet Benedict (S.C.) at 5 p.m. The winners will meet on Saturday at 5 p.m. for the tournament championship with the losers squaring off at 3 p.m. for third place. The Bulldogs will return home to face Hillsdale in GLIAC action Jan. 11 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

FSU Falls In Evansville - Despite having five players reach double-digits in scoring and a 49-percent shooting effort from the floor, the Ferris State men's basketball squad dropped a high-scoring 120-100 decision to Southern Indiana. The Screaming Eagles had seven players score in double-figures and shot 57-percent from the field in the win. FSU was led by junior center Adam Anderson (Kent City). He scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulldogs. Freshman Jamal Harrison (Detroit/Loyola) had 16 points, freshman Marcus Wallace (Muskegon) scored 12 points and senior Donté Hill (Baldwin/Ottawa Hills) added 12 points for Ferris State. Derrick Lyons scored 24 points to lead USI to their fourth-consecutive win over FSU.

Big Day For Anderson - Junior center Adam Anderson scored a career-high 28 points against Southern Indiana. The Kent City native has now reached double-figures in all 10 games this season and is averaging 19.7 points per contest. Dating back to last season, the 6-10 Anderson has reached double-digits in 11-consecutive games. He has scored 10 points or more in 17 of his last 18 outings.

Streak Snapped - With the loss in Evansville, the Bulldogs had their three-game winning streak snapped. That streak marked the first time FSU had won three games in a row since storming through the GLIAC Tournament during the 1997-98 campaign. On Dec. 22, the Bulldogs beat Wisconsin-Parkside for their third-straight win. All three victories in the streak came at the new Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

A Block Away - Junior center Adam Anderson needs a single blocked shot to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. The 6-10 Anderson has 58 career blocks and has rejected nine shots this season. Former Bulldog standout Day Day Smith (1996-98) is in third place on the all-time chart with 59 blocked shots. Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the school leader with 88 blocked shots.

Alexander Enters Book - Junior Brandon Alexander of Detroit scored the first basket of his career with 2:16 remaining in the game at Southern Indiana. Alexander has appeared in two games this season. He is in his first season of collegiate basketball after attending school at Michigan Tech prior to this year.

Classic Preview - The Bulldogs will meet Winston-Salem State for the first time Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Rams are hosting the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic at the 3,000-seat C.E. Gaines Center. Winston-Salem State is coached by Rick Duckett. Besides never facing Winston-Salem, the Bulldogs have also never met either Southern Connecticut State or Benedict.

Bulldog Bites - Freshman Marcus Wallace dished out seven assists against Southern Indiana. Senior Donté Hill had eight assists against Wisconsin-Parkside and is the only other Bulldog to record seven assists or more in a game this season . . .Three of the five FSU wins at the new Jim Wink Arena have came this season. Ferris State is 3-2 in Big Rapids this year. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble (Harbor Beach) has not played in the last three games due to a thigh injury. . .Wallace has reached double-figures in the past five contests. . .Hill has scored in double-digits in the past three games. . .Freshman point guard Jamal Harrison has also scored in double-figures in the past three contests. . .Coach Edgar Wilson is fourth in total wins at Ferris State. . .Wallace is the second-leading scorer on the squad at 10.5 points per game. . . Anderson has led FSU in both scoring and rebounding in four games this season. . .The Bulldogs opened the 2000-01 campaign with a 75-70 upset of NCAA Division I Oakland. . .In addition to hosting Hillsdale on Jan. 11, the Bulldogs will also face Wayne State in Big Rapids on Jan. 13 in the first GLIAC weekend of the new year.


December 23

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team won its third-straight contest with a 76-64 win over Wisconsin-Parkside Dec. 22 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs are now 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). On Dec. 19, FSU beat Quincy (Ill.) 94-85 in Big Rapids.

Up Next - After the holiday break, the Bulldogs will return to action Dec. 29 at Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind. The Screaming Eagles are 8-0 and ranked third in the latest NCAA Division II National Poll. FSU will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic Jan. 5-6. Ferris State is slated to take on the host school on the opening night of the tournament. Southern Connecticut State and Benedict (S.C.) are also in the field.

Bulldogs Win Three In A Row - Junior center Adam Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Ferris State to its third-straight victory 76-64 on Dec. 22 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The 6-10 standout had 19 points in the second half as FSU erased a 31-25 halftime deficit. Three other Bulldogs also reached double-digits in the contest. Freshman Marcus Wallace posted his fourth-consecutive double-figure outing with 16 points, freshman Jamal Harrison scored a career-high 12 points and senior Donté Hill had an impressive contest with 11 points, six rebounds and eight assists for Ferris State. The win was FSU's third in a row at Wink Arena. It also gave the Bulldogs their first three-game winning streak since claiming the GLIAC Tournament title in 1997-98.

Career High For Hill - Guard Donté Hill scored a career-high 21 points on a 6-of-9 performance from the floor to lead the Bulldogs past Quincy Dec. 19 at Wink Arena. Hill also sank 9-of-11 free throws and dished out five assists in the win. He iced the contest by making five shots from the charity stripe in the final minute of the game. A 6-2 senior, Hill bested his previous high of 14 points against St. Joseph's a year ago. He is one of two seniors on the team.

FSU Wins Second-Straight - Ferris State used a 54-percent shooting performance from the floor to win its second-straight contest with a 94-85 win over Quincy Dec. 19 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs were 36-of-66 from the field and sank seven three-point baskets to notch the victory. Five Ferris State players reached double-figures in the contest. Senior Donté Hill led the way with a career-high 21 points on a 6-of-9 outing from the floor. Junior center Adam Anderson scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for FSU. A trio of freshmen also posted big numbers for the Bulldogs. Guard Marcus Wallace had 13 points, point guard Jamal Harrison had 12 points and forward Johnathan Bowers chipped in 11 points as the Bulldogs beat the Hawks for the third-consecutive time.

Winning Ways Again - The Ferris State men's basketball squad won three games in a row for the first time since storming through the GLIAC Tournament during the 1997-98 campaign with a 76-64 win over Wisconsin-Parkside Dec. 22 at Wink Arena. The victory also marked the first time FSU has won three-straight contests at the new Jim Wink Arena. Prior to the win over the Rangers, the Bulldogs had not won three in a row in Big Rapids since February of 1998. FSU defeated Northwood Dec. 9 for the first victory in the three-game streak.

Big Numbers - Junior center Adam Anderson has scored in double-figures in all nine games this season. The Kent City, Mich. native is averaging 18.8 points per game and ranks third in the conference in scoring entering the holiday break. Dating back to last season, the 6-10 Anderson has reached double-digits in 10-consecutive games. He has scored 10 points or more in 16 of his last 17 outings. A year ago, Anderson posted double-figure performances in 21 of 26 contests. He averaged 14.6 points per game.

Bulldog Bites - Freshman Johnathan Bowers put together a solid outing against Quincy as he had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks. He had missed the two previous games with an injured ankle. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble did not play against Quincy or Wisconsin-Parkside due to a thigh injury. . .The win over Quincy on Dec. 19 was FSU's second win on Tuesday this season. The Bulldogs opened the 2000-01 campaign with a 75-70 upset of NCAA Division I Oakland. . .The win over Wisconsin-Parkside was the fifth victory in the two-year history of the new Jim Wink Arena. Three of the five Bulldog wins in the 2,400-seat facility have came this season. FSU is 3-2 at home this year. . .The Bulldogs will return home on Jan. 11 to face GLIAC foe Hillsdale at 8 p.m. FSU will also host Wayne State Jan. 13 . . .The current three-game winning streak marks just the second time in the last three seasons the Bulldogs have won two or more games in a row. . .FSU had lost two games in a row to Wisconsin-Parkside prior to the Dec. 22 win. . .The win over the Rangers was the first Ferris State win over a team with a winning record. . .Bowers had 10 rebounds against Parkside. . .Adam Anderson had four dunks against UWP as FSU totaled six.

Get That Out Of Here - Junior center Adam Anderson had a blocked shot against Wisconsin-Parkside and needs a single block to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. Entering the holiday break, the 6-10 Kent City, Mich. native has 58 career swats. Former Bulldog standout Day Day Smith (1996-98) is in third place on the all-time chart with 59 blocked shots. A year ago, Anderson rejected 28 shots to record the sixth-best single-season performance in school history. This season, he leads the Bulldogs in blocked shots and is averaging one block per contest. Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) is the all-time leader at Ferris State with 88 blocked shots.

Southern Indiana Preview - Ferris State will meet Southern Indiana for the fourth time on Dec. 29 at the Physical Activities Center in Evansville, Ind. The Screaming Eagles hold a 3-0 lead in the series. Last season, Southern Indiana beat the Bulldogs 99-49 in Evansville in the only meeting with Edgar Wilson at the helm. FSU and Southern Indiana met for the first time during the 1981-82 campaign when the Screaming Eagles escaped with a 83-82 overtime victory. Southern Indiana is 8-0 and ranked third in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)/Division II Bulletin Top 25 poll. The Screaming Eagles have been ranked for 58-straight weeks and have reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament the past eight seasons. USI was picked to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Paulsen Scores First Basket - Freshman guard Chad Paulsen recorded the first basket of his career against Quincy as he hit a deep three-point shot three minutes into the second half with the score tied at 54. Paulsen finished the contest with five points on a 2-of-3 performance from the field. He also dished out an assist and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of action. The 6-0 rookie scored a crucial layup with 1:28 remaining to give FSU a five-point advantage. He also recorded a key defensive rebound in the final minute.

Bulldogs Gearing Up For Classic - Ferris State will head to Winston-Salem, N.C., Jan 5-6 to take part in the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic at Winston-Salem State. The Bulldogs will meet the host Rams on the opening night of the tournament at 7 p.m. FSU has never faced Winston-Salem State. The other two schools in the field are Southern Connecticut State and Benedict (S.C.). Neither team has ever played the Bulldogs.

 


 

December 20

FSU Basketball At A Glance - Ferris State will meet Wisconsin-Parkside for the 18th time on Friday night at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.  The Bulldogs won their second-straight contest 94-85 over Quincy (Ill.) on Tuesday night. The Rangers enter the contest with a 4-3 mark and a record of 1-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). FSU is 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). After Friday's contest, the Bulldogs will not play at home until Jan. 11 against Hillsdale. FSU plays at Southern Indiana Dec. 29.

Bulldogs Win Second-Straight - Senior Donté Hill scored a career-high 21 points on a 6-of-9 performance from the floor to lead the Bulldogs to their second-straight win on Tuesday night against Quincy 94-85. His previous high of 14 points was recorded Dec. 11, 1999, against St. Joseph's. . .The win over the Hawks was the fourth FSU victory in the two-year history of the new Jim Wink Arena. . .Five Bulldogs scored in double-figures against Quincy. Besides Hill, junior center Adam Anderson had 15 points, freshman guard Marcus Wallace scored 13 points, freshman point guard Jamal Harrison added 12 points and freshman forward Johnathan Bowers chipped in 11 points. . .Freshman guard Chad Paulsen of nearby Remus Chippewa Hills recorded the first basket of his career against Quincy as he hit a deep three-point shot three minutes into the second half with the score tied at 54. He finished the contest with five points and was 2-of-3 from the floor.

Bulldog Bites - FSU has won two games in a row at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. . .A win on Friday night would give the Bulldogs their first three-game winning streak since winning three-straight games to capture the GLIAC tournament championship in February of 1998. . .Tuesday's win over Quincy marked the second time in the last three seasons the Bulldogs have won two games in a row. . .Anderson is third in the conference in scoring. . .Bowers put together a solid outing against Quincy as he had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. . .Freshman Nathan Wruble did not play on Tuesday due to a thigh injury . . .The win over Quincy was FSU's second Tuesday win of the season.  The Bulldogs beat NCAA Division I Oakland 75-70 in the season-opener Nov. 21. . .Anderson had two blocked shots against the Hawks and needs two more swats to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. . .The 6-10 Anderson has scored in double-digits in all eight games this season and leads the squad in scoring at 18.5 points per game.

Against The Rangers - Ferris State leads the all-time series between the two schools 10-7. . .The Bulldogs won the first contest of the series 93-73 during the 1972-73 campaign . . .Under head coach Edgar Wilson, Ferris State is 0-1 against the Rangers. . .Last season, FSU lost to Parkside 71-51 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. . .The Rangers have won the past two games of the series. . .Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since the 1994-95 campaign. . .Parkside is 1-3 in road games.


December 13

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team broke a five-game losing skid with an 80-63 win over Northwood on Saturday (Dec. 9) at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs are now 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Up Next - Ferris State is in the midst of a 10-day layoff. The Bulldogs will return to action at Wink Arena next Tuesday (Dec. 19) as FSU hosts Quincy (Ill.) in a 7:30 p.m. tilt. Coach Edgar Wilson and his squad will also host Wisconsin-Parkside Dec. 22 before the Christmas break. That game is also slated to start at 7:30 p.m. at Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

Bulldogs Beat Northwood - Junior center Adam Anderson had 19 points to lead Ferris State to a win over Northwood on Saturday (Dec. 9) at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The win over Northwood was the first victory at home for Ferris State this season and the second-straight FSU win over the Timberwolves. Anderson was one of four Bulldogs in double-figures. Freshman Marcus Wallace had 16 points, junior Matt Miller scored 11 points and sophomore Brian Monahan finished the contest with 10 points for Ferris State. FSU jumped out to a 45-28 halftime advantage and cruised to the victory in front of a crowd of 475. Wallace had three three-point baskets, four assists and two steals to go along with his 16-point outing. Senior guard Donté Hill had five steals in the Bulldog win.

Career Night - Sophomore guard Brian Monahan scored a career-high 20 points and had five steals last Thursday (Dec. 7) in a 90-72 loss at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie. Monahan had 17 second-half points as the Bulldogs rallied from a 52-18 halftime deficit to pull within 11 points with three minutes left in the contest. His previous high of 14 points came against Westminster a year ago. Besides scoring 20 points and recording five thefts, Monahan also dished out four assists and had four treys for FSU.

Dawgs Fall at Lake State - Lake Superior State shot a blistering 62-percent from behind the three-point line as the Lakers toppled Ferris State 90-72 last Thursday (Dec. 7) in Sault Ste. Marie. LSSU jumped out to a 52-18 halftime advantage as they hit 8-of-13 shots from the arc in the opening frame. In the second half, however, the Bulldogs rallied. Sophomore Brian Monahan scored 17 second-half points to spark a huge Ferris State comeback. After being down by 34 points at halftime, FSU stormed back and was within 11 points with three minutes left in the contest. The Lakers closed the door with a 9-2 run at the end of the contest. Monahan had 20 points to lead Ferris State. Freshman Marcus Wallace had 17 points and junior Adam Anderson added 13 points for FSU.

Moving Up - Junior center Adam Anderson had two blocked shots against Lake Superior State last Thursday (Dec. 7) and needs four blocks to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. A returning second-team All-GLIAC pick, Anderson has 55 swats in his career. Marcus Kennedy is the all-time leader with 88 blocks. Last season, Anderson recorded the sixth-best single-season total in school history with 28 blocks. This season, the Kent City native has six blocks to lead FSU.

Third Win At Wink - Saturday's win over Northwood was the third victory at the new Jim Wink Arena for the men's basketball program in the two-year history of the facility. Two of the wins in the 2,400-seat arena have came against Northwood. A year ago, FSU beat Grace Bible College 106-54 on Dec. 18 to record the first win in the gymnasium. The second Ferris State victory came in the final home contest of the year against Northwood 80-78 on Feb. 24. Saturday's win was the first home win of the season for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog Bites - Freshman Marcus Wallace had his best night of offensive production last Thursday against Lake Superior State. The Muskegon native had 17 points and three treys at Lake State. . .Freshman Johnathan Bowers did not play in either game last weekend due to an ankle injury sustained in practice. . .The Bulldogs outscored Lake Superior State 54-38 in the second half. . .Junior Adam Anderson leads FSU in scoring at 19.0 points per game and rebounding at 6.6 boards per contest. . .Ferris State has outscored its last three opponents 120-94 in the second half. . .Anderson has reached double-figures in all seven contests this season. . .Wallace and Brian Monahan have both posted two-consecutive double-digit outings. . .Wallace is the second-leading scorer on the squad at 9.1 points per game and is shooting 41-percent from the three-point line (10-of-24) . . .After the Dec. 22 contest against Wisconsin-Parkside, the Bulldogs will break for Christmas. FSU will return to action on Dec. 29 at Southern Indiana in a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs will then travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take part in the C.E. "Bighouse" Gaines Classic Jan. 5-6. FSU will face Winston-Salem State in the opening round on Jan. 5.

Anderson Near Top - Junior center Adam Anderson ranks among the top scorers in the conference early in the season. Through Dec. 11, Anderson is third on the GLIAC scoring chart at 19.0 points per game. He has scored 133 points in seven contests this season. Terrence Wright of Saginaw Valley State leads the GLIAC in scoring at 20.6 points per game. He has registered 185 points in nine games. Kyle Hunt of Findlay is in second place on the conference leader board. Hunt is averaging 19.5 points per contest. Anderson also ranks seventh in field goal percentage (.581), eighth in blocked shots (0.86 bpg) and 17th in rebounding (6.6 rpg).

The Week Ahead - Ferris State has had mixed results against both Quincy (Ill.) and Wisconsin-Parkside. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with the Rangers of Wisconsin-Parkside 10-7 but trail Quincy 4-3 in the series. Ferris State has won two-straight games over Quincy. A year ago, the Bulldogs beat Quincy 79-75 to pick up their first win of the season in Quincy, Ill. The series resumed a year ago after an eight-year hiatus. Ferris State is 2-1 against the Hawks in Big Rapids. Last season, FSU lost at Wisconsin-Parkside 71-51 in Kenosha, Wis. The Rangers have won the past two games of the series. Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since the 1994-95 campaign. Coach Edgar Wilson is 1-0 against Quincy and 0-1 against Wisconsin-Parkside in his career.

New Lineup Results In Win - A mixture of youth and experience was featured in last Saturday's lineup against Northwood. In the first five games of the season, the Bulldogs started three freshmen. Against Northwood, coach Edgar Wilson elected to go with a lineup that consisted of seniors Donté Hill and Dennis Smolinski alongside freshmen Marcus Wallace and Jamal Harrison. Junior center Adam Anderson rounded out the contingent. Anderson and Harrison have started all seven games this season. Wallace has earned six starts. The senior duo of Hill and Smolinski have started a pair of games.

Bulldogs Win With Balance - Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures against Northwood last Saturday (Dec. 9). That game marked the first time all season four players reached double-digits in the same contest. Junior Adam Anderson led the way with 19 points. Freshman Marcus Wallace added 16 points, junior Matt Miller had 11 points and sophomore Brian Monahan chipped in 10 points for FSU.  When only three players reach double-figures, FSU is 1-2.


   

December 5

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with an 85-61 loss to Findlay on Thursday night in the home opener at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. On Saturday, the Bulldogs lost to Ashland 70-58. FSU is now 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC.

Up Next - Ferris State will attempt to break a four-game losing skid as the Bulldogs travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday to face Lake Superior State. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. On Saturday (Dec. 9), the Bulldogs will host Northwood in a 3 p.m. contest at Wink Arena. After Saturday's contest, FSU will have 10 days off before hosting Quincy (Ill.) on Dec. 19.

Bulldogs Fall To Ashland - Despite a 24-point performance from center Adam Anderson, Ferris State dropped a GLIAC contest to Ashland on Saturday at Wink Arena 70-58. It was FSU's first loss to Ashland in Big Rapids in the history of the series. Anderson, a 6-10 junior, was 8-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. He also led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds. FSU fell behind early in the opening half as the Eagles sprinted out to an 11-5 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. At halftime, Ashland led 38-22. In the second half, Ferris State shot 52-percent from the floor and mounted a comeback before time ran out. Anderson was the only Bulldog in double-figures. Junior Donald Tinsley had eight points and four steals.

Anderson Continues Climb - Junior center Adam Anderson continues to climb on the all-time career blocked shots chart at Ferris State. With two blocks against St. Joseph's (Ind.) last Monday (Nov. 27) and two more against Ashland on Saturday, the 6-10 Kent City native needs six blocked shots to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart at Ferris State. A three-year starter, Anderson has 53 blocked shots in his career. Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) holds the school record of 88 blocked shots.

Findlay Wins GLIAC Opener - Findlay outscored the Bulldogs 27-11 in the final 13 minutes of the first half to beat FSU 85-61 at Wink Arena Thursday night. With 12:55 left to play in the opening half, the Bulldogs took an 11-9 lead on a dunk by junior center Adam Anderson. The Oilers responded, however, by holding FSU scoreless for the next four minutes of the contest. Anderson led Ferris State with 18 points on a 7-of-11 performance from the floor. He also had five rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Junior Donald Tinsley was the only other Bulldog in double figures as he had 11 points. Against Findlay, FSU turned the ball over 21 times and was outrebounded by the Oilers 38-29. The Bulldogs gave up 21 offensive rebounds in the contest. Findlay also recorded 11 steals on the defensive end.

Team Leader - Junior Adam Anderson leads the 2000-01 Bulldogs in scoring at 20.2 points per game. The 6-10 center also leads Ferris State in rebounding at 6.8 boards per contest. In the first five games, Anderson has scored 101 points and grabbed 34 rebounds. He is 38-of-63 (.603) from the floor. A year ago, Anderson was a second-team All-GLIAC selection after leading FSU in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He also ranked among the conference leaders in both blocked shots and field goal percentage.

Bulldogs Among Conference Leaders - A pair of Bulldogs are ranked among the conference leaders after five games. Junior center Adam Anderson ranks third in the GLIAC in scoring at 20.2 points per game. Kyle Hunt of Findlay is at the top of the conference scoring chart at 21.5 points per game. Terrence Wright of Saginaw Valley State is second at 20.7 points per contest. Anderson is also fifth in field goal percentage (.603) 11th in blocked shots (0.80 bpg) and 11th in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Junior forward Donald Tinsley is fifth in the GLIAC in steals (2.4 spg).

Bulldog Bites - Freshmen Jamal Harrison, Marcus Wallace and Johnathan Bowers have started all five contests this season. . .Junior Donald Tinsley ranks second on the squad in scoring at 8.6 points per game. . .Bowers is second on the team in rebounding with 30 rebounds in five games. . .Junior forward Matt Miller is shooting 60-percent from the floor this season (9-of-15). . .Besides the three freshmen starters, rookie Nathan Wruble has also seen action in all five contests this season . . .Adam Anderson has scored in double-figures all five games this season. . . Ferris State is averaging 66.2 points per game. . .The Bulldogs are shooting 47-percent from the field (125-of-265). . .From the three-point line, FSU is 22-of-66 (.333) this season . . .FSU is averaging 22.6 turnovers per contest. . .FSU won its' first season-opener in four years with a 75-70 upset at NCAA Division I Oakland on Nov. 21.

FSU Can't Stop Streak - With the loss to Findlay on Thursday, Ferris State has not won a GLIAC opener in 10 years. The last Bulldog team to open conference action 1-0 was the 1991-92 FSU squad. That team won a 77-66 contest at Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 4, 1992. In each of the past four seasons, Ferris State has lost to Findlay to open GLIAC play. In the only other conference opener under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs lost at Gannon during the 1996-97 campaign.

Northwood Preview - On Saturday, Northwood and Ferris State will face off for the 53rd time. In the all-time series, the Bulldogs have a commanding 38-14 advantage. Entering the week, the Timberwolves are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Northwood will host Grand Valley State on Thursday before coming to Big Rapids. In the last meeting between the two schools, Ferris State pulled out a close 80-78 win in Big Rapids on Feb. 24. FSU head coach Edgar Wilson is 3-6 against Northwood in his career.

Bulldogs Travel To Sault Ste. Marie - The Bulldogs will meet Lake Superior State for the 102nd time on Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie. Ferris State leads the all-time series between the two schools 64-37 and has won five of the last eight meetings. A year ago, the two teams split a pair of games. In the last meeting of the season on Feb. 10, the Bulldogs pulled out a 77-72 win in Sault Ste. Marie in front of a crowd of 400. Adam Anderson led Ferris State with 24 points in the contest. The Lakers are 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC entering Thursday night's contest. Lake Superior State won two key GLIAC contests at home this past weekend, including a 62-59 win over Hillsdale on Thursday (Nov. 30). Senior forward Randy Faustin hit the game-winning three-pointer and was 4-of-4 from the arc in the game. In eight meetings with the Lakers, Ferris State head coach Edgar Wilson is 5-3. In Sault Ste. Marie, Wilson holds a 3-1 edge over the Lakers.

First Trey Of Career - Senior forward Dennis Smolinski hit the first three-point basket of his career near the end of Thursday's contest against Findlay. With 1:22 to play, the 6-7 Rogers City native took a feed from freshman Nathan Wruble and sank a trey near the top of the key. Smolinski had five points in three minutes of playing time in his first contest of the year.

A Look Ahead - After Saturday's game with Northwood, the Bulldogs will have 10 days of much-needed rest. Ferris State will host Quincy (Ill.) on Dec. 19 and Wisconsin-Parkside on Dec. 22 before the Christmas break. Both games are slated to start at 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 28

FSU Basketball At A Glance - After an impressive 75-70 win over Oakland on Nov. 21, the Bulldogs lost two-straight games on their Indiana swing this past weekend (Nov. 25-27). On Saturday, FSU shot 32-percent from the floor in the final half in an 82-66 loss at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. The Bulldogs jumped out to a six-point halftime advantage on Monday (Nov. 27) against St. Joseph's, but suffered an 81-71 setback. FSU is now 1-2 overall.

This Week - The Bulldogs open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action on Thursday (Nov. 30) at 8 p.m. at Jim Wink Arena against Findlay. On Saturday (Dec. 2), conference foe Ashland will visit Big Rapids for a 3 p.m. encounter. Ferris State has not played at home this season. Thursday's contest will mark the start of the second season at the new Wink Arena for the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs Drop Early Week Contest - The Bulldogs scored four points in the final 38 seconds of the first half to take a six-point halftime advantage in Monday night's contest against St. Joseph's in Rensselaer, Ind. St. Joseph's, however, scored the first eight points of the final period to take the lead then held on to beat FSU 81-71 in a non-conference contest. Junior center Adam Anderson reached double-figures for the third-consecutive contest as he finished the game with 21 points on a 9-of-12 outing from the floor. Anderson also had two blocked shots and five rebounds for the Bulldogs. Freshman Marcus Wallace was 6-of-9 from the field and sank two three-point baskets as he scored 15 points in the contest. Sophomore guard Brian Monahan also reached double-digits as he had 11 points. Forward Brent Mason led the Pumas with 22 points.  He was 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line.

Anderson Leads Squad - Junior center Adam Anderson has led the Bulldogs in all three contests this season and is averaging 19.7 points per game. The 6-10 Kent City native opened the 2000-01 campaign with a season-high 22 points on Nov. 21 at Oakland. This past weekend, Anderson added 16 points at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and 21 points at St. Joseph's. Anderson is also tied with freshman Jamal Harrison for the team rebounding lead. Both players have grabbed 20 boards in three contests and are averaging 6.7 rebounds a game. A year ago, Anderson led Ferris State in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He was a second-team All-GLIAC pick.

FSU Falls in Fort Wayne - An emotional letdown from an exciting season-opening win over Oakland may have cost Ferris State in last Saturday's contest at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne as the Bulldogs shot just 32-percent from the floor in the final half of an 82-66 loss. The Mastadoons jumped out to a two-point lead at halftime and extended the margin to eight points with 14:12 to play. FSU closed the gap to five points with 9:44 left but couldn't get any closer.

Adam Anderson had 16 points on a 7-of-14 performance from the field. He also had nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Freshman Johnathan Bowers had three treys and shot 5-of-7 from the floor to finish his second collegiate contest with 15 points. Besides a poor second-half shooting performance, the Bulldogs also turned the ball over 26 times in the contest. IPFW capitalized off of the FSU miscues with 10 points off of turnovers.

Moving Up The Chart - Junior Adam Anderson continues to climb on the all-time blocked shots chart at Ferris State. A returning starter, Anderson recorded two blocks against St. Joseph's on Monday and now needs eight blocks to move into a tie for third place on the all-time chart with Day Day Smith (1996-98). The 6-10 center has 51 blocks entering conference action. Smith complied 59 blocks at Ferris State. Marcus Kennedy (1986-89) set the school record of 88 blocks. A year ago, Anderson led FSU with 28 blocked shots. That mark was the fifth-best single-season total in school history.

Three Freshmen In Lineup - Coach Edgar Wilson has started three freshmen in each of the first three Bulldog games. Point guard Jamal Harrison had his best contest of the season at St. Joseph's. The 6-1 rookie had nine rebounds, seven points and three assists in a solid all-around outing. Fellow newcomer Marcus Wallace also had his best day as a Bulldog as he was 6-of-9 from the floor and had 15 points. In each of the first two games, freshman Johnathan Bowers scored in double-figures. He had 12 points in the upset of Oakland and 15 points at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Bowers is second on the squad in scoring at 10.3 points per contest and ranks among the top three Bulldog rebounders with 19 boards.

FSU Attempts To End Streak - Last week, Ferris State won its' first season-opener in four years with a win over Oakland. On Thursday, the Bulldogs will attempt to end an even bigger streak. Ferris State has not won a GLIAC opener in nine years. The last Bulldog team to open conference action at 1-0 was the 1991-92 FSU squad.  That team won a 77-66 contest at Saginaw Valley State on Jan. 4, 1992. In each of the past three seasons, Ferris State lost to Findlay to open GLIAC play. In the only other conference opener under Edgar Wilson, the Bulldogs lost at Gannon during the 1996-97 campaign. FSU has played just one previous conference opener in Big Rapids under Wilson.

Ferris vs. Findlay - Findlay enters Thursday's contest with a 2-0 mark this season. The Oilers opened the campaign with a 107-66 win at Michigan-Dearborn and beat Tiffin (Ohio) last Saturday 88-73. In the all-time series, Findlay holds a slight 3-2 advantage. In recent history, however, the Oilers have dominated the series. In each of the past three seasons, the Oilers have opened conference play with a victory over Ferris State.  The Bulldogs have not won a game in the series since the 1963-64 campaign. The first contest between the two schools was played during the 1962-63 campaign.  FSU won that contest 79-66. The series resumed in 1997 after a 33-year absence. Findlay is coached by Ron Niekamp. A year ago, the Oilers finished 15-11 overall and 9-10 in GLIAC action. Prior to that, Findlay posted five-straight 20-win campaigns. The Oiler roster includes seven freshmen and three sophomores.

Ashland Preview - Ferris State will meet Ashland for the eighth time on Saturday. The Eagles enter the match-up with a 3-1 mark. Ferris State has won all three contests played in Big Rapids between the two teams. A year ago, Ashland finished 20-9 under head coach Roger Lyons. Eight letterwinners are back from that squad, but the Eagles did lose their top four scorers from a year ago. Ashland led the GLIAC in scoring offense (86.1 ppg) last season. Sophomore guard Issac Kincaid is averaging 15.2 points per game and has led the Eagles in scoring in every game this season. Ferris State head coach Edgar Wilson has been more successful against the Eagles than any other school in the conference. He is 4-1 against the Eagles.

A Look Ahead - The Bulldogs travel to Sault Ste. Marie to face Lake Superior State next Thursday (Dec. 7) before returning home to play three games before the semester break. FSU will host Northwood Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Wink Arena.


Nov. 22

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team opened the 2000-01 campaign with a stunning 75-70 victory at NCAA Division I Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Just four days earlier, the Golden Grizzlies had pulled off a major 97-90 upset of Michigan. A year ago, Oakland won the Mid-Continent Conference.

Up Next - The Bulldogs have little time to rest as they head to Indiana this weekend for a pair of games against Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) teams. On Saturday (Nov. 25), Ferris State will attempt to improve to 2-0 on the year with a 3 p.m. contest at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). In their second game on the Indiana swing, the Bulldogs will meet St. Joseph's on Monday (Nov. 27) at 7:30 p.m. in Rensselaer, Ind.

Bulldogs Earn Big Victory- Despite finishing 5-21 a year ago, Ferris State had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Tuesday (Nov. 21) after a five-point victory at NCAA Division I Oakland. The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead and never trailed in the contest after the 15:15 mark of the first half at the Athletics Center "O"rena in Rochester. Ferris State led by 11 at halftime behind an impressive 13-point first half performance from junior Adam Anderson. In the second period, FSU pushed the margin to 21 points with 7:38 to play before the Golden Grizzlies stormed back and cut the difference to two points with one minute to play. The Bulldogs sank six shots from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the win.

Anderson led the Bulldogs with 22 points and six rebounds. The 6-10 center was 7-of-10 from the floor and had his first career three-point bucket to offset a 27-point performance from Oakland standout Dan Champagne. Besides Anderson, junior Donald Tinsley and freshman Johnathan Bowers also reached double-figures. Tinsley hit three treys and finished the contest with 14 points and seven boards. Bowers was 6-of-9 from the floor in his college debut. He had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Indiana Preview - Against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and St. Joseph's, Ferris State has a 5-5 mark in the 73-year history of the Bulldog basketball program. The Bulldogs hold a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Mastadoons of Fort Wayne despite losing the first contest of the series 49-44 during the 1985-86 campaign. The Mastadoons won their season-opener at Indiana Tech last Saturday (Nov. 18) 89-73. They are slated to visit Huntington College on Wednesday (Nov. 22) prior to playing Ferris State. IPFW is in its' final season as a Division II school before making a jump to the Division I level next season. A year ago, the Mastadoons finished 11-16 overall and 8-12 in the GLVC under head coach Doug Noll. They beat Ferris State 95-72 at Wink Arena last season.

St. Joseph's opened the season with a fifth-place finish in the eight-team Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic a week ago in Florida. The Pumas defeated Pittsburg State (Kan.) and Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) before falling to Southwest State (Minn.). A year ago, the Pumas beat Ferris State 88-77 at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. In the all-time series, St. Joseph's has a 3-1 advantage. Last season, the Pumas finished 8-18 overall and were 11th in the GLVC under head coach Dave Balza. Two starters and four letterwinners return from that squad.

Conference Rankings - Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the North Division in the 2000-01 GLIAC Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs received seven points.

Anderson Nails First Trey - Junior center Adam Anderson hit the first three-point basket of his career in Tuesday's win over Oakland. For Ferris State, it couldn't have came at a better time. Ahead by 15 with 7:56 to play and the shot clock winding down, Anderson launched a desperation off-balance attempt from the corner near the baseline with two defenders on him. The unlikely bucket gave Ferris State an 18-point advantage. That margin grew to 21 a few seconds later when junior Donald Tinsley sank a trey off a Grizzly turnover. The Bulldogs made 5-of-14 three-point attempts during the game and held Oakland to a 3-of-22 (13.6%) performance from the behind the arc.

Freshmen Produce For FSU - While several returnees had outstanding nights at Oakland, the play of several youngsters keyed the Bulldog victory. Three freshmen started the contest for coach Edgar Wilson. Johnathan Bowers had an outstanding Bulldog debut as he had 12 points and seven rebounds for Ferris State. Marcus Wallace scored five points in the first 10 minutes of the contest and finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Point guard Jamal Harrison dished out three assists, grabbed seven rebounds and had five points in a solid outing. Another freshman, Nathan Wruble, saw two minutes of action in the opening half and grabbed two boards.

First Opening Win In Four Years - For the first time in four years, the Bulldogs opened a season with a victory as Ferris State began its' 73rd season of basketball with a win over Oakland. Prior to the contest, the Bulldogs had been 37-35 in 72 season-opening contests and had never faced the Golden Grizzlies on opening day. The win was the second victory on opening day for coach Edgar Wilson. He is now 2-3 in five opening-day games. Wilson won his first game at Ferris State 95-49 over St. Mary's (Mich.) in Big Rapids on Nov. 19, 1996. This year marks the fourth-straight year the Bulldogs have opened the season away from home. The win was also the first FSU road win on opening day since the start of the 1987-88 campaign when the Bulldogs won at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Coach Edgar Wilson - With the win over Oakland, Ferris State men's basketball coach Edgar Wilson improved to 45-66 (.405) in his fifth season at FSU. During the 1997-98 season, Wilson guided the Bulldogs to the GLIAC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament. That squad recorded the first 20-win season in nine years at FSU as the Bulldogs finished 21-12.

Bulldogs Control Boards - If the season-opener is any indication, Ferris State could be very tough to control on the boards this season. A year ago, the Bulldogs were out-rebounded by four boards per game. Against Oakland, Ferris State had a 49-36 advantage on the boards. Three players (Tinsley, Harrison and Bowers) led the way with seven rebounds apiece. All 10 players who saw action grabbed at least one rebound for Ferris State. The top two rebounders from a year ago are back this season. Junior Adam Anderson grabbed seven boards a game last year and junior Donald Tinsley had 106 total rebounds in 22 contests.

Bulldog Depth A Key - Ten players saw action in the season-opening win over Oakland. Included among those 10 players were six freshmen and sophomores. Center Adam Anderson and point guard Jamal Harrison each played 35 minutes for Ferris State. Four others saw at least 20 minutes of playing time. Eight different players scored for Ferris State. Each of the eight players who scored had at least four points. Of the 10 players who participated, seven recorded at least one assist in the contest.

FSU Opens GLIAC Play - While the 2000-01 slate features three-straight road contests to open the season, the Bulldogs do have the benefit of hosting three of their first four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests. Next Thursday (Nov. 30), Ferris State will host Findlay in their first home contest of the season at 8 p.m. at Wink Arena. On Saturday (Dec. 2), the Bulldogs will host Ashland at 3 p.m. After a trip to Lake Superior State on Dec. 7, FSU will return home to meet Northwood on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Wink Arena.


 

November 20

FSU Basketball At A Glance - The Ferris State University men's basketball team tips off the 2000-01 campaign on Tuesday (Nov. 21) as the Bulldogs travel to Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. The Bulldogs were 5-21 a year ago. The game is the first of three road contests for Ferris State before the Bulldogs open conference play on Nov. 30 against Findlay in Big Rapids.

Experience Returns - The Bulldogs return six letterwinners and three starters from the 1999-2000 season. A year ago, 6-10 junior Adam Anderson was a second-team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection. He averaged 14.6 points and seven rebounds per game as a sophomore. Junior forward Matt Miller started 12 games last season and senior guard Donté Hill was in the lineup on 10 occasions. Junior forward Donald Tinsley also started nine games a year ago.

Opening Game Preview - Ferris State will meet NCAA Division I Oakland for the 63rd time on Tuesday in Rochester. In the all-time series, the Bulldogs hold a commanding 42-20 advantage. The Golden Grizzlies are coached by Greg Kampe. He is in his 17th season at Oakland and has an overall mark of 277-179 (.607) with the Grizzlies. A year ago, Oakland won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title after compiling a 11-5 mark against conference opponents. The Golden Grizzlies were 13-17 overall. Last season was the first for OU as a full-fledged Division I institution. Kampe was selected as College Hoops Insider's National Coach of the Year last season.

This season, the Golden Grizzlies return three starters in juniors Mychal Covington, Brad Buddenborg and Jason Rozycki. Forward Dan Champagne also returns after missing most of last season with an injury. The Golden Grizzlies were picked to repeat as Mid-Continent Conference champions this season by the Basketball News. In the last meeting between the two schools, Ferris State won 80-66 in Rochester during the 1997-98 season. The Grizzlies have won five of the past six games in the series. Three of those wins came in Rochester.

Season Preview - A host of young talent and the return of several experienced veterans could produce an exciting and potent brand of Bulldog basketball this winter. Despite back-to-back disappointing seasons, the Bulldogs could be poised for a return to the form Ferris State displayed during the 1997-98 campaign when the Bulldogs captured the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. A solid core of returnees and a talented crop of newcomers has installed a new enthusiasm and a new attitude in the Ferris State men's basketball program. That enthusiasm and improved attitude could go a long way for Coach Edgar Wilson and his squad. Hopes are high heading into the 2000-01 campaign.

Coach Edgar Wilson - Ferris State men's basketball coach Edgar Wilson enters his fifth season at the helm with a 44-66 (.400) mark at FSU. During the 1997-98 season, Wilson guided the Bulldogs to the GLIAC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament. That squad recorded the first 20-win season in nine years at FSU as the Bulldogs finished 21-12. Wilson came to Ferris State after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at Central Michigan under Leonard Drake. The 45-year-old Wilson got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1978-79 when the Spartans won the NCAA National Championship under head coach Jud Heathcote. A native of Dowagiac, Mich., Wilson was a four-year letterwinner (1973-77) in basketball as a guard/forward under Gus Ganakas and Heathcote at Michigan State.

Conference Rankings - Ferris State was picked to finish seventh in the North Division in the 2000-01 GLIAC Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs received seven points. The GLIAC Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 28-March 3 in Grand Rapids at the Deltaplex Arena.

Youngsters To Play - Several youngsters will see action for Ferris State this season. The opening-game roster includes five freshmen. Talented guard Marcus Wallace is likely to see action in the backcourt as is 6-1 guard Jamal Harrison. In the frontcourt, the Bulldogs expect true freshmen Jonathan Bowers and Nathan Wruble to be key contributors. Remus native Chad Paulsen of nearby Chippewa Hills could also be productive for Ferris State. Of the 13 players on the FSU roster, seven of them are either freshmen or sophomores. Out of those seven players, only sophomore guard Brian Monahan earned a letter last season. He is expected to handle some of the ball-handling duties after starting 11 games a year ago.

73rd Season Opener - Ferris State will open its 73rd season on Tuesday at Oakland. The Bulldogs are 37-35 in 72 season-opening contests and have never faced the Golden Grizzlies on opening day. Under head coach Edgar Wilson, Ferris State is 1-3 in four previous opening games. Wilson won his first game at Ferris State 95-49 over St. Mary's (Mich) in Big Rapids on Nov. 19, 1996. This year marks the fourth-straight year the Bulldogs have opened the season away from home. The last Bulldog road win on opening day came at the start of the 1987-88 campaign when the Bulldogs won at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ferris State has lost four away games and four games on neutral floors since then. A year ago, FSU lost at Findlay 83-61. The Bulldogs lost to Battle Creek College in their first-ever opener in 1925.

Spotlight on Anderson - Junior center Adam Anderson enters the 2000-01 campaign ranked among the all-time leaders in blocked shots in school history and is being counted on to be a leader for Ferris State this season. Anderson blocked 28 shots a year ago and ranks fourth on the career list with 49 total blocks. In each of his first two seasons at Ferris State, the 6-10 shot blocker has posted block totals that rank among the top 10 single-season performances in school history. A second-team All-GLIAC selection last season, Anderson was listed as one of 10 players in the region to watch this season by the Grand Rapids Press on Wednesday (Nov. 15). Anderson led Ferris State in both scoring and rebounding a year ago. He has scored 543 points and grabbed 269 rebounds in two seasons at Ferris State. He has earned two Bulldog letters.

Senior Class - Two seniors will embark on their final campaigns for Ferris State on Tuesday at Oakland. Guard Donté Hill has earned two letters in the Bulldog program and made 16 starts. He has scored 202 points in his career and grabbed 112 rebounds in 44 games. Forward Dennis Smolinski is in his second year at Ferris State and earned a letter last season after transferring from Alpena Community College. He appeared in 24 games a year ago and scored 52 points and had 53 boards.

A Look Ahead - Tuesday's game at Oakland is the first of three road games to open the season for Ferris State. The Bulldogs will travel to Indiana next weekend (Nov. 25-27) to face Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday (Nov. 25) and St. Joseph's on Monday (Nov. 27). A year ago, both teams beat FSU at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. Ferris State will open conference play at home on Thursday, Nov. 30 against Findlay. That game is part of a men's and women's double-header and will tip off at 8 p.m.

Oakland Notes - Oakland could have a slight edge over the Bulldogs as the Golden Grizzlies will have played two games prior to Tuesday. Besides playing two exhibition contests in early November, Oakland upset the University of Michigan on Nov. 17 before losing to defending NCAA champion Michigan State on Nov. 19.


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