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Ferris Upsets SIUE: Ferris State posted a 57-52 upset victory over nationally-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in its 2006-07 home opener Saturday (Nov. 25) afternoon at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 31-24 halftime advantage and held on for the victory despite making only eight field goals in the final half. SIUE had been ranked as high as third nationally in preseason polls. Senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) paced FSU with a game-high 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in Saturday’s victory. Senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) also had 13 points.
FSU Drops Two In Classic: The Ferris men’s basketball squad dropped a pair of games to open the season at the 25th annual John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic hosted by Northern Kentucky last weekend (Nov. 17-18) in Highland Heights, Ky. FSU suffered a 73-59 setback to the host Norse in Friday’s opener before falling to Christian Brothers (Tenn.) by a 67-62 count in Saturday’s contest.
Ferris Players Claim Awards: Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) was chosen as Ferris' Most Valuable Player in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic while Julius Vines was selected as the squad's John L. Griffin Hustle Award winner. Each of the four teams in the event had both an MVP and hustle award recipient selected.
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 73-59 (.553) 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 935-858 (.521) 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 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 68-51 (.571) 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.
Leading The Troops: Among the returnees for Ferris this season is Terrance Shaw, 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 Michael Daniels and Julius Vines will serve as team captains this year.
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 three 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. 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.
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.
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.
National Rankings Info: FSU was not ranked in the 2006-07 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll, but was listed among other teams receiving votes with four points. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) was chosen first in the preseason listing. GLIAC members Findlay and Grand Valley State were listed 10th and 11th, respectively. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville was listed seventh in the poll. The Cougars were also ranked third by Street & Smith’s and fourth by Division II Bulletin in preseason national polls.
Not On Opening Day: Ferris State officially opened its 79th season against Northern Kentucky in the John L. Griffin Lions Club Classic. The Bulldogs, who have now dropped seven of their last 11 season openers, currently hold a 40-39 all-time record in opening day contests.
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 total home games this campaign inside Jim Wink Arena ......... The Bulldogs will be back at home to battle Saginaw Valley State Saturday, Dec. 2, in a 7:30 p.m. (EST) league tilt at Wink Arena .... Julius Vines’ eight rebounds versus SIUE represented a personal career-high ..... Ferris needs one victory to record the program’s 350th all-time win in combined action at both the current and old Jim 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 ...... 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 Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll. The Bulldogs totaled 27 points but had no first-place votes in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's head coaches. Defending GLIAC North Division Champion Grand Valley State was selected as this year's divisional favorite as the Lakers recorded 36 points along with six of a possible seven first-place votes. Findlay took the top spot in the South Division with 25 points and five first-place votes. The league's 13 head coaches voted for the division in which they play.
Ferris State vs. Alma Notebook:
Scouting Alma College: Alma, which is guided by sixth-year head coach Ed Kohtala, is presently 1-2 overall this campaign. Alma recorded a 62-60 overtime road win over Grace Bible College in its most recent game last Monday (Nov. 20) at Grand Rapids, Mich. Senior forward Isaac Smith is currently averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game this campaign. The Scots posted a 10-16 overall record during the 2005-06 season. Alma was picked to finish last among the eight teams included in the 2006-07 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Preseason Poll. The team placed seventh in the NCAA Division III league last year with a 3-11 conference mark. In addition, only one starter and two letterwinners are back from last year.
Series Information: Ferris State holds a 26-24 all-time series edge heading into Monday’s 51st matchup. The Bulldogs pulled out a 84-56 win over the Scots in the most recent contest (12/28/04) during the 2004-05 campaign at Alma, Mich. The game two years ago was the first contest between the two schools in nearly 17 years.
The Last Meeting: Ferris State won its most recent meeting with Alma College in convincing fashion by an 84-56 score during the 2004-05 campaign (12/28/04) at Alma, Mich. The game marked the 50th all-time meeting between the two teams. Ferris’ Carlton Epps tallied 18 points, Jeffery Shanahan scored 14 points, Dennis Springs netted 13 points and Corey Epps totaled 10 points as the Bulldogs won the first matchup between the two schools in 17 years. The Bulldogs, who played 12 different players in the contest, led only 37-29 at halftime before outscoring the host Scots 47-27 in the final frame. FSU had 27 turnovers while Alma finished with 26 turnovers in the outing. The Bulldogs shot 54.5% (31-57) from the floor and made nine three-pointers.
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