Media Coverage: The game will be carried live locally by News Talk 1460 AM WBRN. Rob Bentley of the FSU Athletics Communications Office will handle the play-by-play duties for Saturday’s coverage. No free audio webcast will be available through Ferris’ Athletics Website due to Bulldog hockey coverage the same evening. However, a live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports. Live internet statistics will also be available on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
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 Info: Tickets for the event will be available at the door. For more information or directions, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. Tickets are $7 (general admission) or $10 (reserved) for adults along with $5 for students (K-12) or faculty/staff. FSU students are admitted free of charge with identification. A family pass with two adult and two youth tickets is $15.
FSU Wins League Opener: Ferris used a 56.1% (23-41) shooting performance and nailed 16-of-19 (.842) free throw tries in a 69-63 league road triumph Thursday (Nov. 30) evening over host Northwood in NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich. The Bulldogs' strong shooting helped offset 25 turnovers in the conference-opening tilt for both schools. Senior forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) paced three Bulldog players in double-figures as he tallied a game-high 21 points and added six rebounds along with four steals. Senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) chipped in 14 points for FSU while senior forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) netted 10 points and seven rebounds.
FSU Romps Past Alma: Ferris State rolled to an 81-53 non-league win over visiting Alma Monday (Nov. 27) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The host Bulldogs jumped out to a 44-25 halftime advantage and outscored the Scots 37-28 in the final period to account for the final margin. Ferris outscored Alma 20-0 in fast break points and forced 16 turnovers in the victory. All 10 Bulldog players in uniform saw at least seven minutes of action and scored. Sophomore guard Jessie York (Muskegon Heights) led the way with a game-high 17 points while junior guard Courtney Blackmore (Benton Harbor/Coloma) netted 16 points.
Ferris Upsets SIUE: Ferris State posted a 57-52 upset victory over nationally-ranked Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in its 2006-07 home opener last 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. Julius Vines paced FSU with a game-high 13 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in Saturday’s victory. Michael Daniels also had 13 points.
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 75-59 (.560) 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 937-858 (.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 captured a league-record four consecutive GLIAC titles from 1986-90.
Leading The Way: Among the returnees for Ferris this season Terrance Shaw, who received All-GLIAC Second Team accolades a year ago. 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.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for FSU’s remaining league home games only this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
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.
Preseason Rankings: FSU was not ranked in the 2006-07 National Association of Basketball Coaches Preseason 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.
Great Turnaround: 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 70-51 (.579) 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.
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.
What’s Up Next: Ferris State visits archrival and preseason divisional favorite Grand Valley State Thursday, Dec. 7, for an 8 p.m. (EST) league tilt in GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, 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 ......... Julius Vines’ eight rebounds versus SIUE represented a personal career-high ..... Ferris notched the program’s 350th all-time win in combined action at both the current and old Jim Wink Arena with Monday’s win over Alma ...... Jessie York’s seven rebounds versus Alma represented a personal career-high ...... FSU defeated Alma for the 18th consecutive time Monday. In fact, the Scots, who trail in the all-time series’ 27-24, have not defeated Ferris since 1958-59 ..... Terrance Shaw matched a career-high with four steals at Northwood ..... Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor’s (Muskegon Heights) nine points at NU was a personal career-best.
GLIAC Openers: Following Thursday’s victory, the Bulldogs have now won each of their last two conference openers after previously losing their first conference tilt 13-straight years. Prior to the last two years, the Bulldogs last won their first league game in 1991-92.
The Next League Game: The Bulldogs are 8-4 (.667) in their second league game since the 1994-95 campaign. Ferris, which has lost its second league game four of the last seven seasons to date, is currently 14-8 (.636) overall in its second GLIAC contest since the 1984-85 season. The Bulldogs beat SVSU 93-71 in their second league tilt last season (12/3/05) in University Center, Mich.
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. Saginaw Valley State Notebook:
Scouting SVSU: The Cardinals, who are 3-1 overall, won their initial two games this campaign by scores of 81-75 over Central State (Ohio) and 81-67 versus Olivet. SVSU then dropped a 81-72 non-conference game last Saturday (Nov. 25) at Hillsdale. However, the Cardinals upset Grand Valley State 72-71 on a three-pointer at the buzzer by Luke Laser Thursday (Nov. 30) in Allendale, Mich. Sophomore guard Lawrence Ross is currently averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game. The Cardinals totaled a 9-18 overall mark in 2005-06 and were fifth (4-14) in the division. Jamie Matthews is in his third campaign as head coach at SVSU, which was picked to finish fifth in the 2006-07 GLIAC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason North Division Poll.
Series Information: Ferris holds a 43-28 lead heading into Saturday’s 72nd series meeting and defeated SVSU 77-71 in the last contest (2/2/06) at Big Rapids. FSU also recorded a 93-71 triumph over the Cardinals in last year’s first meeting (12/3/05) at University Center, Mich. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 6-2 career coaching mark against Saginaw Valley State. The Bulldogs have won seven of the last 10 series’ encounters.
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