Game #14: Ferris State vs. Tiffin (Ohio)

Jan. 5, 2008
Jim Wink Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.

FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State men’s basketball squad continues its three-game homestand by taking on Tiffin (Ohio) in non-league action Saturday, Jan. 5, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (EST) at Jim Wink Arena. The Dragons beat FSU in non-league play earlier this year by a 72-62 score on Dec. 8 at Tiffin, Ohio. TU will become a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member for the 2008-09 campaign.

C.J. Van Wieren Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for Saturday's home game through B2 Networks for a $6 fee. The webcast can be acccessed via the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on B2 Networks icon). “Live Stats” will also be available on the FSU website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on Live Stats icon) on Saturday.

Ticket Info: Tickets for all 2007-08 Bulldog basketball home games will be available at the door one hour prior to tipoff. Single-game general admission ticket prices are $7 while FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more information.

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.

Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs resume GLIAC action by taking on Wayne State Wednesday, Jan. 9, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) inside Jim Wink Arena. The game will follow FSU's scheduled 6 p.m. (EST) women's basketball league tilt versus the Warriors. Ferris then hits the road to visit archrival Grand Valley State Saturday, Jan. 12, for an 8 p.m. (EST) GLIAC encounter at Allendale, Mich.

Thursday Night Win: Ferris State used the home-court edge to its advantage en route to a convincing 88-69 non-league triumph over visiting Kuyper (Mich.) Thursday (Jan. 3) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who were playing at home for the first time since Nov. 29, registered their second consecutive victory with the win over the Grand Rapids-based school, which is midst its first season of intercollegiate athletics competition. FSU owned a commanding 53-33 rebounding edge as the Bulldogs pulled down 28 offensive caroms. Ferris also forced 18 Cougar turnovers and made six three-pointers in the win. Freshman center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) continued his outstanding offensive play by scoring a career-high 25 points and hauling down a personal-best 14 boards. Both also represented game-highs for the 6-6 Keenan. In addition to Keenan's production, the Bulldogs also received 14 points from redshirt freshman forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights). Freshman guard DeJuan Wright (Detroit/Henry Ford) added both 11 points and 11 rebounds in a double-double effort while fellow freshman guard Bryan Pasciak (Rockford) poured in 11 points and dished out a team-high six assists. The Bulldogs sprinted out to a 43-33 halftime advantage and outscored Kuyper 45-36 in the final period. FSU improved to 5-8 overall with the win.

FSU Splits Two Games: Ferris State split a pair of games last weekend (Dec. 28-29) in the 16th annual AT&T Alascom Jamboree played at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage, Alaska. FSU dropped a 71-45 decision to event host Alaska-Anchorage in Friday's (Dec. 28) opening day of action before rebounding to beat Alaska-Fairbanks 64-56 in Saturday's (Dec. 29) final day of play. Justin Keenan was chosen as the Player of the Game following the win over the Nanooks and also received All-Jamboree honors for his efforts in the two contests. The win over Alaska-Fairbanks snapped a six-game Bulldog losing streak and ended a seven-game stretch away from Jim Wink Arena, which covered the entire month of December.

Last Campaign: Ferris wrapped up its 2006-07 men's basketball season with an 10-18 overall record and made its fourth consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance last campaign. The Bulldogs placed tied for third in the GLIAC North Division regular-season standings with a 8-10 league slate this campaign after advancing to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament the previous two seasons. FSU captured back-to-back GLIAC North Division titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 along with advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2004-05.

The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2007-08 roster includes one senior, three juniors and 10 freshmen. Eight of the 14 players are guards while the remaining six are frontcourt players. All 14 players on the Bulldogs’ 2007-08 roster hail from Michigan.

Head Coach Bill Sall: A 1994 Calvin graduate, sixth-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 87-83 (.512) career mark.

B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games and selected road contests 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 2007-08 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 2007-08 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live by local radio station WBRN (News Talk 1460 AM). FSU Assistant Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley will once again call the play-by-play action on the road while Jason DaDay will be the on-air talent for home games. The audio from road 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 FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.

Bulldog 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.

Turning It Around: 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 82-75 (.522) and claimed two divisional titles while making two NCAA-II Tournament appearances in his five previous seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02. Additionally, Ferris notched its fifth-straight 10-plus win campaign in 2006-07. Prior to the current stretch under Sall, the Bulldogs had not won more than eight games in the previous four seasons.

Ferris Picked Fourth: Ferris State was picked to finish fourth in the 2007-08 GLIAC Men's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 24) held this season. The poll was chosen for the first time in league history by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Grand Valley State and Findlay to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. The Bulldogs totaled 114 points in the balloting.

The Coaching Staff: FSU head coach Bill Sall returns his coaching staff intact from a year ago, including top assistant coach Cory Anderson. Anderson, who played for Ferris from 1996-98, is in his ninth season as a full-time assistant coach. Volunteer Assistant Coach Bill Killian also returns for his sixth season on Sall’s staff. Longtime West Michigan high school coach Dave Schlump, who formerly coached at Cedar Springs (Mich.), will be in his fourth campaign as a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs. The newcomer to the staff is former Cornerstone University standout Andy Bronkema, who teaches at Big Rapids’ Crossroads Charter Academy.

The Bulldog Tradition: The 2007-08 campaign marks the 80th 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 949-882 (.518) 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.

New To Campus: FSU’s roster this season includes 10 freshmen, nine of whom are new to the program as true freshmen. The Bulldogs also have one redshirt freshman in guard/forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights). Ferris welcomed back only two starters and four letterwinners from last season's squad.

Bulldog Bites: Ferris is only one win away from notching the program’s 950th all-time victory ......... The Bulldogs will play five of their next six games at home inside Jim Wink Arena.

Scouting Tiffin: The Dragons presently own a 2-13 overall mark this campaign under second-year head coach Rodney Martin. Tiffin has played 10 games against GLIAC member schools this season and owns a 2-8 record in those contests. TU defeated FSU 72-62 earlier this season (Dec. 8) for its first victory of the year at the Gillmor Center in Tiffin, Ohio. Sophomore guard Alex Strok is the squad’s leading scorer (14.4 ppg) to date this year. Tiffin is in its first season as a NCAA Division II Independent team this year and will join the GLIAC for the 2008-09 athletics campaign. TU will play seven of its final 12 games this year, including Saturday’s contest, versus GLIAC schools. The Dragons posted a 5-22 overall record in 2006-07 after losing their first 13 contests of the year. TU suffered a 90-61 home court loss to Grand Valley State in its most recent action (Dec. 30) at Tiffin, Ohio.

Side Note: Bulldog volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach Dave Schlump’s daughter, Elyse Schlump, is currently a freshman on Tiffin’s women’s basketball squad. She played prep basketball at Cedar Springs (Mich.) High School.

The Last Meeting: Ferris State led for much of the way, but suffered a disappointing 72-62 non-league road loss to Tiffin in the first-ever series' meeting on Dec. 8 in TU's Gillmor Center at Tiffin, Ohio. Freshman Justin Keenan scored the Bulldogs' initial seven points of the contest en route to a team-high 23-point performance. The two teams were tied 7-7 early in the contest before FSU went on a 12-2 run to take a 19-9 lead with 11 minutes left in the opening period. FSU maintained that lead for much of the rest of the half, taking a 36-29 advantage at halftime. Tiffin held an eight-point cushion (64-56) with 3:35 left, but FSU pulled back within four with only two minutes to go. However, the Bulldogs would get no closer the rest of the way. Freshman guard/forward Lou Williams added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs in the losing cause.