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FSU Men's Basketball Battles Rival GVSU This Thursday

Game #7 at Grand Valley State
Dec. 7, 2006

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    Ferris head coach Bill Sall's squad visits archrival Grand Valley State for a GLIAC encounter Thursday night
    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball team visits archrival Grand Valley State Thursday, Dec. 7, for an 8 p.m. (EST) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) encounter inside GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, Mich. The contest will be the second game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.

    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 Thursday’s coverage. No free audio webcast will be available through Ferris’ Athletics Website due to other scheduled programming. However, a live audio webcast will be available through GVSU’s Athletics Website at www.gvsulakers.com. Live internet statistics via Gametracker will also be offered at www.gvsulakers.com.

    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 Thursday’s doubleheader can be obtained from the GVSU Athletics Ticket Office. Their phone number is (616) 331-3200. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.starticketsplus.net.

    Ferris Falls At Home: Saginaw Valley State's Martell Summers scored on a putback following a missed layup with 3.6 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Cardinals to a 64-62 GLIAC win over Ferris State last Saturday (Dec. 2) in FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed by two points before senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegn Heights) hit a jumper with 10 seconds left to tie the contest. The Cardinals hurried the ball down to the offensive end of the floor where Lawrence Ross missed a layup attempt. However, Summers laid it back in and the Bulldogs missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer. Ferris was led by senior forward Michael Daniels' (Detroit/Murray-Wright) game-high 17 points. Vines added 10 points. FSU was hampered by 21 turnovers and a one-of-eight (12.5%) three-point shooting performance along with giving up 14 offensive boards.

    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 last 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. Julius Vines chipped in 14 points for FSU while Michael Daniels netted 10 points and seven rebounds.

    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 75-60 (.556) 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 937-859 (.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 is 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.

    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.

    B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for FSU’s remaining home games 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.

    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.

    National Rankings: FSU is not ranked in the current (Dec. 5) National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Top 25 Poll after being listed among other teams receiving votes with four points in the preseason national rankings. Defending NCAA-II National Champion Winona State (Minn.) is presently ranked first nationally this week. GLIAC members Grand Valley State and Findlay are listed 10th and 13th, respectively, in the current rankings.

    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 70-52 (.574) 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 will be idle until Monday, Dec. 18, when the Bulldogs host Lake Superior State in GLIAC action at Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST). Ferris will then take part in the annual GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Challenge Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20-21, in Detroit, Mich. FSU will face Indianapolis and Southern Indiana in the event hosted by GLIAC member Wayne State.

    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 ......... Freshman guard Anthony Sydnor’s (Muskegon Heights) nine points at NU was a personal career-best .......... Terrance Shaw notched his 80th career blocked shot against Saginaw Valley State. His 80 blocks currently ranks third in school history ......... The Bulldogs are averaging 69 points per game in their three victories this campaign, but only 61 points per contest in their three losses to date ..... Ferris head coach Bill Sall recorded his 75th victory as a head coach with Thursday’s win at Northwood.

    Starting GLIAC Play: Following last Thursday’s victory over Northwood, 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 Bulldogs dropped to 8-5 (.615) overall in their second league game since the 1994-95 campaign with Saturday’s loss to SVSU. Ferris, which has now lost its second league game five of the last eight seasons to date, is currently 14-9 (.609) overall in its second GLIAC contest since the 1984-85 season.

    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. Grand Valley State Notebook:

    Scouting GVSU: GVSU is currently 5-1 overall and 1-1 in GLIAC action after posting a 72-53 conference road victory at Northwood last Saturday (Dec. 2) evening in Midland, Mich. Grand Valley State, which was picked to finish first in the 2006-07 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, previously suffered a 72-71 league home loss to Saginaw Valley State in its GLIAC opener last Thursday (Nov. 30) in Allendale. GVSU is led in scoring by junior guard Jason Jamerson (14.3 ppg). The Lakers, who are guided by third-year head coach Ric Wesley, were 17-4 overall during the 2005-06 campaign and claimed the GLIAC North Division crown with a 16-2 league mark. GVSU also won the GLIAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament last campaign. Grand Valley State dropped to 10th nationally in this week’s (Dec. 5) National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 poll after being ranked fourth last week (Nov. 28).

    Series Information: Ferris, which has won five of the last eight series’ contests, holds a 46-38 advantage heading into this Thursday’s 85th encounter. The Lakers, however, have won two-straight meetings, including an 80-58 triumph over FSU in last year’s GLIAC Tournament Championship Game (3/4/06) at the GVSU Fieldouse Arena. GVSU also recorded a 90-55 win in the regular-season finale (2/25/06) between both teams a year ago in Allendale. Ferris did beat the Lakers once last year as the Bulldogs posted a 79-63 triumph (12/8/05) in the initial meeting of the year at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. FSU head coach Bill Sall currently holds a 5-5 career coaching mark versus Grand Valley State.

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