FERRIS OPENS SEMESTER WITH "BIG MONDAY" HOOPS MATCHUP
FSU Hosts Rival GVSU As Second Semester Classes Begin Next Week
The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams will host archrival Grand Valley State in a "Big Monday" doubleheader to start the new semester next Monday night, Jan. 12, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The doubleheader, which takes place the same evening Ferris students start second semester classes, begins with the women's contest at 6 p.m. (EST). The men's game will follow at approximately 8 p.m. (EST).
In conjunction with the game, the Ferris Athletics Department will give away t-shirts to the first 200 FSU students. They will also have an opportunity to win a $100 certificate. In order to win the prize, students must be in attendance prior to halftime of the womenís basketball contest. A raffle drawing will be held to determine the winner in the second half of the menís game.
Earlier this year (12/1/08), the Bulldog women opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with a 74-64 road triumph over Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich., while the men's squad narrowly lost to the nationally-ranked Lakers by a 72-62 count inside GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena.
Last season (2/23/08), the Bulldogs drew a modern Wink Arena record crowd of 2,430 fans for the regular-season men's basketball finale against the Lakers, which was also played in front of the first-ever live television audience from the arena. The official women's halftime attendance of 1,640 fans for the "Fill The Wink" contest also represented the largest crowd ever to watch the FSU women play in the 2,400-seat facility.
Ferris has broke its own men's basketball arena attendance mark against GVSU each of the last three seasons and four of the top six crowds in the building's history have came against Grand Valley State. The Bulldogs have had more than 2,000 fans for the contest versus the Lakers each of the last two years as 2,120 fans jammed the place two years ago (2/24/07) before the record was broke again last season.
Prior to Monday's matchup, both the Ferris men's and women's basketball squads will be on the road this week, visiting Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 8) and Saginaw Valley State (Jan. 10) for league doubleheaders.
Tickets for Monday's doubleheader against Grand Valley State will be available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID.