Ferris State University's Austin Randel goes up for a dunk during the Bulldogs' home game on Monday night in Jim Wink Arena against Kuyper College (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
The Ferris State University men’s basketball squad bounced back from a disappointing home loss by thumping Kuyper College 115-60 in non-league action Monday (Jan. 5) evening at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs dominated the visiting Cougars from the outset as FSU forced 36 turnovers and came up with a school-record 23 steals in the triumph. Ferris also shot 55.7% (49-88) from the floor in the contest, which was the squad’s second home game in the last three days. Previously, the Bulldogs returned from a three-week holiday layoff with a 86-80 home setback versus Grace Bible on Saturday (Jan. 3) afternoon.
There never was any doubt in Monday’s outing as FSU built a 53-27 halftime lead and outscored Kuyper 62-33 in the final period. All 10 Bulldog players scored at least three points in the game and six reached double-figure scoring.
Ferris’ 115 total points versus Kuyper is the Bulldogs’ highest figure in the 10-year history of the current Wink Arena and marked the first time FSU had scored 110 points or more since recording a 110-104 overtime victory over Indianapolis at home back during the 2004-05 season (12/21/04).
Additionally, the 115 points recorded by FSU are the second-most by a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team in a game this season following Grand Valley State’s 116 total points against Marygrove (12/28).
Sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan led the way for FSU with a game-high 19 points. He also had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in only 19 minutes of action.
Junior guard Josh Young was next with 18 points, junior guard/forward Austin Randel netted 15 points, freshman guard Dontae Molden tallied 15 points, senior forward Mark Gildersleeve recorded 12 points and sophomore guard Matt DeHart finished with 11 points.
Five Bulldog players dished out four or more assists as Ferris racked up 30 assists in the win. Sophomore guard Darien Gay led the way with nine assists and also had a team-high tying six steals as did Randel.
FSU’s 23 steals in the triumph surpassed the previous school single-game record of 22 steals set on two different occasions.
Besides shooting 56% from the floor, the Bulldogs also nailed 10-of-24 (41.7%) three-pointers and were seven-of-nine (77.8%) at the charity stripe. Defensively, FSU limited Kuyper to 46% (24-52) shooting. The Cougars made seven-of-17 (41.2%) three-point tries and were five-of-eight (62.5%) at the free throw stripe.
FSU held a commanding 30-0 edge in fast break scoring and totaled 62 points inside the paint compared to only 18 for the visitors. Ferris also maintained a 53-9 edge in points off turnovers and received 54 points from the bench compared to only 18 for Kuyper. FSU owned a 45-25 rebounding advantage and grabbed 22 offensive boards while limiting the Cougars to only seven offensive rebounds.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 4-6 overall this season. Kuyper dropped to 1-16 overall this season.
The Bulldogs will resume GLIAC play by visiting Lake Superior State Thursday, Jan. 8, for a 7:30 p.m. (EST) contest in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. FSU then visits Saginaw Valley State Saturday, Jan. 10, for a 3 p.m. (EST) league game in University Center, Mich.