Men's Basketball

Ferris Hits The Floor For Exhibition Game Tuesday At Toledo

Exhibition Game at Toledo (Ohio)
Nov. 7, 2006

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    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball team will visit NCAA Division I Toledo (Ohio) Tuesday, Nov. 7, for a 6 p.m. (EST) exhibition game in UT’s Savage Hall at Toledo, Ohio. The contest will be FSU’s first action of the 2006-07 campaign.

    Media Coverage: There will be no radio or internet broadcast coverage available for Tuesday’s contest. However, “Live Stats” are slated to be available for the game via Gametracker coverage on Toledo’s official athletics website at www.utrockets.com.

    2006-07 Bulldogs
    The 2006-07 Ferris State men's basketball team hits the floor for the first time Tuesday at NCAA Division I Toledo (Ohio) for an exhibition contest
    About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.

    Ticket Information: Tickets for Tuesday’s game will be available at the door. For more information, please contact the Toledo Athletics Ticket Office at (419) 530-GOLD.

    Another Exhibition Game: Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs will next hit the floor Friday, Nov. 10, as they take on the University of Detroit Mercy in exhibition action with tipoff set for 7:35 p.m. (EST) in the Titans’ Calihan Hall at Detroit, Mich. The Titans, who are a NCAA-I member of the Horizon League, posted a 16-16 overall record in 2005-06 and were 8-8 in league play.

    Official Opener: The Bulldogs will officially open the 2006-07 season by taking part in the John L. Griffin Lions Club Classic hosted by Northern Kentucky University Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, in Highland Heights, Ky. FSU squares off against the host Norse in Friday’s (Nov. 17) 7:45 p.m. (EST) nightcap before taking on Christian Brothers (Tenn.) in Saturday’s (Nov. 18) 5:30 p.m. (EST) game.

    Last Campaign: Ferris State posted an 18-13 overall mark en route to making its second consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament berth during the 2005-06 campaign. FSU posted a second-place 13-5 mark in GLIAC North Division regular-season action after claiming back-to-back league crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Ferris also received GLIAC Tournament runner-up accolades last season.

    Two Years Ago: Ferris State capped off a banner 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached the regional championship game for only the third time in school history. The Bulldogs, who won their second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship in 2004-05, concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record and fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories represented the third-most wins in school history.

    Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, fifth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02) prior to being named Ferris State’s 11th head coach. The Zeeland, Mich., native served as Ferris’ interim head coach for a portion of the 1995-96 campaign and led the Bulldogs to a 5-8 mark. Before joining the coaching ranks, Sall was a standout player at Calvin from 1985-90. He twice (1989-90) received second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-America honors and led Calvin to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) championships, four NCAA-III Tournament bids and the 1990 NCAA-III Final Four. Sall has a current 72-57 (.558) career mark.

    The Bulldog Tradition: The 2006-07 campaign marks the 79th season of Bulldog men’s basketball. The program began in 1925 although Ferris did not field a team from 1942-45 due to World War II. FSU has compiled a 934-856 (.522) all-time mark. The Bulldogs have won 11 GLIAC titles, made eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and reached the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90, notched its 900th all-time win in the 2004-05 campaign with a 110-104 overtime triumph over Indianapolis (12/21/04) in the Lions Club Holiday Classic at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

    Success Under Sall: The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to head coach Bill Sall's arrival, but have since went 67-49 (.578) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his four seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.

    Back In The Mix: Ferris returns three starters and six letterwinners from last campaign. The Bulldogs, who played only eight players the majority of last season, lost three seniors from last year’s squad. Also, FSU junior guard/forward C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa), who started 27 of 31 contests last campaign, is a quarterback on the Ferris State football team and won’t join the squad until after FSU’s gridiron campaign is complete.

    Leading The Troops: Among the returnees for Ferris this season is senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport), who received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago. He had a personal career-high 25 points and 14 rebounds in FSU’s 74-69 NCAA-II Tournament loss at nationally second-ranked Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) last March (3/11). The 6-5 Shaw averaged 13 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per outing in 2005-06. Shaw along with senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) and senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) will serve as team captains this year.

    Impressive History: Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, eight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90. FSU has won more GLIAC Championships (11) than any other league member.

    The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2006-07 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen. Eight of the 15 players are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. All 15 players on the Bulldogs’ 2006-07 roster hail from Michigan.

    Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2006-07 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.

    GLIAC Games On The Air: All eighteen of FSU’s 2006-07 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live by local radio station WBRN (News Talk 1460 AM). Selected contests can also be accessed live via the internet by clicking on the Bulldog Athletics Webcasts icon at www.ferris.edu/sports.

    On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all of FSU’s varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.

    FSU Coaching Staff: FSU head coach Bill Sall returns all four of his assistant coaches from a year ago, including top assistant coach Cory Anderson. Anderson, who played for Ferris from 1996-98, is in his eighth season as a full-time assistant coach. Volunteer Assistant Coach Bill Killian also returns for his fifth season on Sall’s staff while Jim Lake is in his fourth season as a volunteer assistant. Longtime West Michigan high school coach Dave Schlump, who formerly coached at Cedar Springs (Mich.), will be in his third campaign as a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs.

    Keep On Winning: Ferris’ 18 victories last year were the program’s third-most in the last 16 seasons. FSU’s most during the stretch was 24 wins (24-7) in 2004-05 while the 1997-98 squad posted a 21-12 overall record. Last campaign marked the third-straight season the Bulldogs had recorded a .500 record or better as Ferris was 14-14 overall in 2003-04.

    Season Openers: Ferris State will officially open its 79th season against Northern Kentucky in the John L. Griffin Lions Club Classic. The Bulldogs, who have won four of their last 10 season openers, currently hold a 40-38 all-time record in opening day contests. Last season (11/15/05), Ferris dropped a 103-85 decision at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.). In 2000-01, FSU toppled NCAA-I Oakland (11/21/00) 75-70 on opening day at Rochester, Mich. The win over Oakland represented Ferris’ first opening day road victory since the 1987-88 campaign.

    League Opener: Ferris State’s 2006-07 GLIAC opener is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, versus Northwood beginning at 8 p.m. (EST) in NU’s Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich.

    Back On Top: Last season represented the third-straight year the Bulldogs finished either first or second in the GLIAC North Division. Ferris claimed back-to-back divisional titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 with 14-4 and 13-5 conference marks, respectively. FSU’s 13-5 league ledger last season trailed only rival Grand Valley State’s first place 16-2 division record. Ferris had not won a GLIAC Championship since 1994-95 prior to its first title run in 2003-04 under head coach Bill Sall.

    Bulldog Bites: Ferris State has posted 38 winning campaigns and 43 non-losing seasons in its previous 78 seasons ........ FSU will play 12 home games this campaign inside Jim Wink Arena ......... Ferris’ 2006-07 home opener will be against nationally-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Saturday, Nov. 25, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (EST) in Wink Arena.

    FSU Roster Notes: The Bulldogs have four players on their roster from Muskegon Heights High School where former Bulldog guard Keith Guy (1995-97) serves as head coach ...... FSU also has four other players from the Lansing or East Lansing areas in Michigan ...... Among the nine newcomers to the roster this season are three transfers, including a NCAA Division I transfer in junior forward Jason Holder (Saginaw/Arthur Hill) from Cleveland State.

    Ferris State vs. Toledo Notebook:

    Last Year’s Meeting: Ferris lost a 67-55 non-conference regular season decision last year (12/10/05) versus Toledo in UT's Savage Hall at Toledo, Ohio. The Rockets jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and then outscored FSU 32-30 in the final half to notch the victory. Ferris was able to cut the Toledo lead down to four points on two different occasions in the final half but couldn't get any closer. Terrance Shaw led the Bulldogs with a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Former Bulldog standout Dennis Springs netted 13 points along with seven assists in his return to Toledo while former FSU guard Antwuan Holt chipped in 13 points. The Rockets forced 22 Bulldog turnovers, but also had 18 miscues of their own. Ferris shot 46.0% (23-50) from the floor, but also totaled 19 fouls compared to UT's six fouls for the ballgame. FSU was only seven-of-23 (30.4%) from three-point range for the contest.

    Former Standout From Toledo: Former Bulldog standout Dennis Springs (2002-06) tallied 13 points and seven assists in his return to his hometown of Toledo for last year’s game. The school’s all-time career assists leader, he finished with 1,504 points and 349 rebounds while starting 114 of his 115 career contests. As a senior in 2005-06, the Toledo product was named All-Great Lakes Region and the university’s Bulldog of the Year Award winner. Currently, his 713 career assists ranks 13th all-time in NCAA Division II history. He was also a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Great Lakes Region All-District First Team pick as a senior. Springs prepped at Toledo’s Scott High School where he averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior while earning the Toledo Blade’s 2001 Player of the Year honor under head coach Earl Morris.

    Scouting Toledo: Last year’s meeting represented the first-ever series' meeting between the two schools. The Rockets were picked to win the 2006-07 Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division for a third-straight year in the preseason poll. Toledo concluded the 2005-06 season with a 20-11 overall record and finished as the MAC Tournament runner-up. The Rockets also registered their eighth winning campaign in the last nine years and posted 10 or more MAC victories for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. UT returns a veteran lineup including four starters in senior guard Justin Ingram (14.6 ppg), senior forward Florentino Valencia (12.0 ppg), senior guard Keonta Howell (11.3 ppg) and junior guard Kashif Payne (8.4 ppg). Toledo officially opens its 2006-07 season Saturday, Nov. 11, at Missouri State.

    Division I Competitiion: Prior to last year’s matchup at Toledo, FSU had dropped a 73-58 decision at Central Michigan in its most recent (11/17/03) play against Division I competition. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-point advantage only six minutes into the contest before the Chippewas responded in CMU's Rose Arena at Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The contest was played as a regular-season game for Ferris and an exhibition outing for CMU per NCAA regulations involving the season's official starting date. Before last year, the most recent time Ferris squared off against a NCAA-I opponent when it counted as a regular-season game for both schools was when the Bulldogs defeated Oakland (11/21/00) by a score of 75-70 in Rochester, Mich.

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