Saturday, January 17, 2009

OSU Wins In OT Shootout

Bulldogs Can't Convert In Third Round

BIG RAPIDS - Aaron Lewicki was denied in the second round as Ohio State survived for the OT shootout win over the Bulldogs by a score of 1-0 in overtime.

The Bulldogs could not put one past Dustin Carlson.

Round 2: It's Tied

Both Teams Denied

BIG RAPIDS - Zach Redmond, of Ferris, and Hunter Bishop was stopped. It's still 1-0 in favor of OSU.


OSU Up 1-0 After First Round

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' Blair Riley was stopped, but OSU's Peter Boyd scored.

AFTER OT: Ferris State 2, Ohio State 2

Great Action In Overtime ... Game Ends In Tie

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs and Buckeyes treated the fans to some furious action during the overtime period as both squads had some outstanding opportunities to put the puck in the back of the net.

Both goaltenders had some outstanding saves during the extra session as the skaters had a surprising amount of jump in their legs during the extra session.

Now, the game goes to an overtime shootout.

We're Tied 2-2 At The End Of Regulation

Bulldogs Make Major Comeback

BIG RAPIDS - What an unbelievable goal by the Bulldogs who looked like they might be out of it with under one minute to play and down 2-1.

Ferris coach Bob Daniels called a timeout, pulled the goaltender and got the major goal from Redmond to tie the score and bring the crowd back to life.

Ferris is leading in shots by a count of 46-35.

We now have five minutes of overtime.



BIG RAPIDS - Ferris pulled goaltender Taylor Nelson and used the extra skater to score (a goal from Zach Redmond) with just under one minute to play(19:03) to bring the crowd to its feet with a thunderous eruption.

The score is now tied 2-2 with 9.3 seconds to play in regulation.

Bucks Break 1-1 Tie With A Goal

OSU Creates Traffic In Front Of Nelson... Scores On Deep Shot

BIG RAPIDS - Taylor Nelson was knocked to the ground and lost his stick, but recovered, reclaimed his stick and got back to his feet.

Seconds later, however, the Bucks scored a goal from Matt Bartkowski who snapped one in from blueline territory that went top shelf on Nelson and lit the lamp to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard at 16:37 of the second period. Bartkowski was assisted by Corey Toy.

Penalty Shot Coming Up For Brendan Connolly

Player Hauled Down From Behind

BIG RAPIDS - Brendan Connolly was hauled down from behind on a breakaway and received the rare penalty shot.

Connolly skated in, but was unable to beat OSU goaltender Dustin Carlson as he went to the backhand for a shot.

It's still tied 1-1 at 7:25 of the second period.

Bulldogs Put On The Pressure ...

... Generate An Opportunity

BIG RAPIDS - It took a while, but Ferris finally tied the score early in the second period as some sustained pressure generated a goal by Casey Haines assisted by Corey Couturier and Mike Embach, at 4:24.

Haines was able to drive it past Ohio State netminder Dustin Carlson, who has been strong so far in the series through a game and one period.

Ferris continues to outshoot the Buckeyes holding an edge of 22-14.

Ferris Holds Shot Edge

Bulldogs Still Trail On The Scoreboard

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is leading Ohio State in the shots department at the end of the first period by a count of 17-11.

Both teams had one penalty for two minutes and both teams were 0-for-1 with the man advantage on the stat sheet.

Bucks Attack The Net ... Get Goal

Ohio State Jumps Out First On Buckeyes

BIG RAPIDS - Ohio State, riding the wave of an 11-game winning streak, picked right up from where it left off at the end of Friday's 6-2 win over the Bulldogs.

The red-hot Bucks made it a 1-0 game with a goal from Corey Elkins (assisted by defenseman Chris Reed) at 5:57 of the first period.

Ohio State got the goal thanks to a quick burst of relentless effort in front of the net of starting goaltender Taylor Nelson as the Bulldogs were unable to keep the Buckeyes off of the netminder.

The Game Is Underway

Ferris And Ohio State Start Game 2 Of Series

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris and Ohio State have started game two of their Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Ewigleben Ice Arena on Saturday.

The game had a special 5:05 p.m. start time and is the third game of a Saturday tripleheader in the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Earlier in the day, the FSU women's basketball team hosted Ashland University in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action and that preceded the FSU men's basketball game between the Bulldogs and Eagles in Wink Arena ... just across the concourse from the ice arena.

Final: Ferris 100, Ashland 74

Bulldogs Win In Decisive Fashion

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris hit 54 percent from the field, 44 percent from the 3-point arc and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs were thorough in their domination of the Eagles.

Darien Gay led them with 23 points, seven assists, four rebounds and a blocked shot. Justin Keenan finished with 20 points and five rebounds while Josh Young had 16 points, Matt DeHart added 13 points and Jason Holder finished with 10.

For the Eagles, Kale Richardson finished with 18 points and four rebounds while Bret Wackerly had a big second half and finished with 16 points.

Bulldogs' Lead Near 30 Points

Ferris Has Been On Fire

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs are now leading 93-66 in this game in what has been a thoroughly dominating performance by Ferris against Ashland.

The Bulldogs have had unbelievably balanced scoring as Darien Gay is leading the way with 23 points. Justin Keenan has 20 points while Josh Young has 16, Matt DeHart has 13 and Jason Holder 10.

Ashland Coach Tossed From Game

Roger Lyons Ejected From The Game

BIG RAPIDS - Veteran Ashland head coach Roger Lyons irate and eventually was ejected from the game after receiving a pair of technical fouls.

Lyons lost his composure and was tossed from the game at about the midway point of the second half. He was screaming at one of the officials who gave him the first technical and then the official who was attempting to calm him down and keep him off the court had heard enough and gave him the second technical foul. His assistant coaches were unable to calm him down and the officials got tired of trying to calm him down and simply told him to head to the showers.

Lyons finally left the court and headed for the locker room.

The Bulldogs now are up 78-55 on the scoreboard.

Ashland Benched Its Starters Early In The Half

Coach Roger Lyons Displeased With His Starters

BIG RAPIDS - Early in the first half, as the Bulldogs came roaring out of the start, Ashland coach Roger Lyons yanked most of his starters and went deep into his bench.

Later in the half, Lyons came back with his starters, but it didn't matter much. The Bulldogs were cooking right from the start and continued to roll regardless of who was in the game.

Kale Richardson, who narrowly edged Ferris' Justin Keenan last year for Freshman of the Year in the GLIAC, is the Eagles' leading scorer so far with 10 points as he is the only player in double digits. Ashland's next two scorers have six points.

Dominating First-Half Performance From The Bulldogs

Ferris Dominating With A 54-31

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris was near flawless in the first half as owners of a lead of 54-31 against a solid Ashland team.

Two of the more impressive first-half performances for the Bulldogs came from Darien Gay, who scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field overall and 3-of-4 from outside of the 3-point arc. Justin Keenan added 11 points but seemed to hurt his hand late in the first half as he attempted to block a shot.

Rebounding has been impressive for the Bulldogs as Ferris owns an edge of 28-11 on the boards as Josh Young has nine rebounds and Verdell Billingsley has seven off the glass.

Bulldogs Grab Largest Lead ... 17

Ferris up 39-19

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has had a great defensive effort early in this game with a stifling defensive effort that has caused Ashland all kinds of problems.

The Bulldogs are up 39-19 thanks in no small part to a 4-point play from point guard Darien Gay who was fouled as he knocked down a corner jumper.

Ferris On Fire To Start

Bulldogs Build Early Double-Digit Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has secured a 15-4 lead early in the game thanks to an outstanding effort at both ends of the floor against Ashland.

The men's team is shooting 50 percent from the floor and already has five offensive rebounds against the Eagles.

Justin Keenan is off to a big start with seven points while Jason Holder has four.

FINAL SCORE: Ashland 84, Ferris 62

Eagles Were Just Too Much In The End

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris dug a big hole in the first half and fought back, but it could not move any closer than five points in the second half as Ashland hung on to get the victory over the host Bulldogs.

Ashland earned an 84-62 victory in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action in Big Rapids.

Amy Joostberns led Ferris with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 1-of-1 from the 3-point arc.

Also in double digits, Ferris had an 11-point effort from Caitlin Hutchison. Jenna Guay finished with eight points while Teghan Thelen added seven.

We Have Two Minutes To Play

Ferris Trailing by 20-Plus

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs are down 84-60 at the two-minute mark against an Ashland team that has picked it up - offensively and defensively - in the second half.

The Bulldogs fought hard and cut the deficit down to five points, two different times, but could get no closer as the Eagles always had to answer.

Ferris will lament its missed layups and ill-timed turnovers that are devastating against a team as good as Ashland.

We're under one minute to play.

Missed Opportunities Hurt Ferris

Bulldogs Twice Cut Deficit To Five, But No Closer

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has been unable to convert on some opportunities and Ashland has roared right back to near where it was at the end of the first half when it led by 17 points.

Bulldogs have missed a number of layups that have killed their momentum. Ashland is now back up 73-56 on the scoreboard with 5:30 to play.

Ferris has had its chances, but too many missed layups (plus some good long-range shooting from the Eagles) has pushed the lead up to 20 points (76-56).

Ferris Cutting Into Ashland's Lead

The Bulldogs Are Making A Run

BIG RAPIDS - Since halftime, Ferris has trimmed a 17-point Ashland lead down to five points (54-59) with possession of the basketball.

Twice Ferris has pulled to within five points, but each time the Eagles have answered to push the lead back to seven (the first time on a shot by Betsy Morrison and the second time on a basket scored by Alethea Lamberson).

We are now under 10 minutes on the scoreboard with 9:04 to play in the second half and the Eagles clinging to a 61-54 lead at the media time out.

Ferris continues to get strong play from Amy Joostberns, who got the start at one of the forward spots and now has a game-high 15 points.

Bulldogs Picking It up On Defense

Ashland Also Getting Sloppy With The Ball

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has trimmed Ashland's 17-point halftime lead down to just a seven-point edge at 53-46 with 14:48 to play on a mid-range jumper from Andrea Clancy.

The Bulldogs have worked hard at the defensive end to better contest the Eagles' perimeter shots that were mostly wide-open looks during the first half.

Right now, the Bulldogs are being led by Amy Joostberns' 13 points while Caitlin Hutchison has added 11.

Ashland Continues To Sizzle With Its Shooting

Eagles Lighting It Up From Everywhere

BIG RAPIDS - Ashland, at 1:06 of the first half, is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor, 69.2percent from the 3-point arc and 80 percent from the free throw line.

So, right now, the Eagle women are hitting just about everything they throw even close to the basket right now.

We're under one minute to play, the score is Ashland 49, Ferris 32.

Bulldogs Trailing Big Late In First Half

Ferris Falling Down By Double Digits

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs now are trailing 44-27 after a pair of free throws knocked down by Alethea Lamberson.

Hot Perimeter Shooting

Eagles Shooting The Triple Well

BIG RAPIDS - Late in the first half, Ashland has hit 8-of-12 shots from outside of the 3-point arc for better than 66 percent.

A lot of these shots have not been contested very well by the Bulldogs as Ashland has done a good job of moving the basketball and pushing it up the court to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.

In a lot of ways, it is similar to what it has been in many of the matchups the Bulldogs have had with Ashland over the years.

Both teams like to push the ball, but the Eagles 3-point shooting has been a major difference early in this game.

Game Is Underway

Bulldogs Trying To Slow Down Ashland

BIG RAPIDS - The Eagles are a team that likes to push the ball hard and get up and down the floor in a blur.

So, in some ways, it's a test of tempo for the Bulldogs against the run-and-gun Eagles. Ashland came roaring out of the gates building up an early double-digit lead.

Unexpected Equipment Malfunction Delays Warmups

Rim Replacement Is Necessary

BIG RAPIDS - Good shooters tend to know when something is up with the basket, and that was the case on Saturday morning prior to the team's home Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game against Ashland (scheduled for a noon start).

The Bulldog players could see that the rim was bent down in the front and had to be replaced with another one about 40 minutes prior to the start of the game. Building manager Kevin Barnes led the effort to replace the basket to do his best to keep the game-time start on track.Now, we're just under 20 minutes before the start of the game (according to the clock).

Both teams are currently in the locker room, but the basket has been replaced and it appears we are almost ready for some basketball.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Final Score: Ohio State 6, Ferris State 2

Bulldogs Start A Solid One, But Finish Was A Struggle

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris had a nice start with two of the game's first three goals, but it was all Ohio State from there as the 14th-ranked Buckeyes rolled to a 6-2 Central Collegiate Hockey Association win in Ewigleben Ice Arena Friday evening.

The Buckeyes scored three times in the first period, added one more in the second period and then finished matters with a two-goal third period to seal an impressive win on the road against a Bulldog team that was hungry to regain some momentum.

It just was not meant to be for Ferris as the Bulldogs could not slow down the Buckeyes in the first and third periods.

Getting A Little Rough Late In The Contest

Teams Going At It Late In the Game

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris and Ohio State were mixing it up (from a hockey standpoint and a fighting standpoint) in the last five minutes of the game.

It has been a tough night on the ice for the Bulldogs trying to get some things done (positively) against a Buckeye team playing with a whole lot of confidence these days (having won 10 straight games coming into this weekend's series in Big Rapids against Ferris).

There are a whole lot of guys in the penalty box in the closing minutes of this contest.

Buckeyes Continue To Sizzle

Change In Goal Doesn't Change Ohio State's Momentum

BIG RAPIDS - Taylor Nelson stepped into the goal, for the Bulldogs as he replaced starter Pat Nagle, but the results were the same.

Ohio State, clearly on a roll, went right after Nelson, who entered the game at the the 17:17 mark of the final period. Seconds later, John Albert knocked in a shot past him (assisted by Shane Sims and Zac Dalpe) for a 6-2 lead on the scoreboard.

OSU is proving why it is ranked so high in the nation and came to Big Rapids on a tear.

Change In Goal For Bulldogs

Nelson Between The Pipes

BIG RAPIDS - After the fifth goal of the game, Ferris decided to change goaltenders as it inserted freshman Taylor Nelson in the net.

Nelson, a rookie, has played quite a bit earlier in the season during spots for the Bulldogs and has performed well.

Ferris, with starter Pat Nagle (a sophomore) and Nelson are fairly young in goal this season.

The Task Just Got A Lot Tougher

Bulldogs Fall Behind By Three Goals

BIG RAPIDS - Ohio State is proving why it is ranked 14th in the nation and is on a 10-game winning streak.

OSU built its lead up to three goals as Ian Boots scored the team's fifth goal of the evening off assists from Corey Toy and Matt Bartkowski.

The emotion has all but left the building.

It's 4-2 At The End Of The First Period

Bulldogs Have Edge In Shots, Bucks On Scoreboard

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris owns a 26-21 edge over Ohio State on the stat sheet, but that has not helped the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

On the scoreboard, the Bucks are leading the game by a score of 4-2 as OSU added a second-period goal to build on its 3-2 lead after the initial 20 minutes.

Both teams have a goal on the power play as Ferris is 1-for-1 while OSU is 1-for-2 with the advantage.

Lewandowski Goes Down With An Injury

Bulldog Forward Helped Off The Ice

BIG RAPIDS - With just under two minutes to play in the second period, Justin Lewandowski suffered an injury and was attended to on the ice by Ferris Athletics Trainer Tim Glover.

Ultimately, Lewandowski (who was down for quite some time while he talked to Glover) got up and made it off the ice under his own power.

OSU Gets It Going Early In The Second

Bucks Build A 2-Goal Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Ohio State wasted little time building on its lead as it got a score from Hunter Bishop at 2:19 of the first period for a 4-2 lead.

Bishop, who scored his 10th of the season, was assisted by Corey Elkins on a goal that took some of the energy out of the building in Big Rapids.

High-Scoring Trend Continues In First Period

Buckeyes Get Another One ... Take Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Ohio State grabbed its first lead of the evening as C.J. Severyn scored at 18:26 of the first period off assists from Sean Duddy and Zack Pelletier.

The goal was banged in off a rebound that was not controlled by the Bulldogs. Ohio State got the puck as Severyn drove it into the corner of the net, for his sixth score of the season, past Pat Nagle for the 3-2 lead.

Ohio State Ties Score In High-Scoring First Period

Bucks Take Advantage Of Power-Play Chance

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' goalie interference penalty proved a costly one as the Buckeyes banged a puck into the back of the Bulldogs' net off a pair of Ferris players.

The goal was scored by Corey Elkins at 14:49, unassisted, to tie the game at 2-2.

Ferris then took another penalty, shortly thereafter.

Controversy Works In Ferris' Favor

Bulldogs Capitalize On Golden Opportunity

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris was able to convert its second goal of the game as an linesman waved off an offsides call that ultimately led to a Zach Redmond goal.

The puck was close to past the blueline, but the linesman waved it off. Seconds later, Redmond drove the puck in the back of the net (off assists from Chad Billins and Brendan Connolly).

The goal, a power-play tally, was scored at 9:35 of the opening period to put Ferris up 2-1.

Ohio State coach John Markell was very upset with the feeling the puck crossed the blueline.

Ohio State's Pressure Pays Dividends

Buckeyes Strike Back To Tie The Score at 1-1

BIG RAPIDS - The Buckeyes dumped the puck deep into the Bulldogs' zone and then kept hammering away at goaltender Pat Nagle before team captain and right-winger Peter Boyd finally drove one in, top shelf, for a goal.

Boyd was assisted by center John Albert at the 5:45 mark to make Ferris' lead a short-lived one.

Ferris Draws First Blood

Johnston Gives Bulldogs Early Advantage

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' fourth line inflicted the initial damage against Ohio State during Friday night's game in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs wasted little time as freshman left winger Jordie Johnston notched his second goal of the season (unassisted) at 2:32 to put the home team up on the scoreboard 1-0.

Shots, thus far, are low as Ferris has only two shots while the Buckeyes have mustered only one.

Student Section Starting To Get Pumped Up!

Bulldog Students Showing Some Spirit

BIG RAPIDS - Ohio State went through it's traditional pregame warm-up routine and that provided the perfect opportunity for the Ferris student section members (those in attendance early) to pound on the glass and have some words for the Buckeye hockey team.

It should be an interesting contest.

We are now 20 minutes prior to game time here in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

It's All Even For Ferris

Bulldogs Enter Two-Game Series With .500 Records

BIG RAPIDS - So far, it has been a season of highs and lows for Ferris on the ice as it carries a record of 10-10-4 overall that includes 7-7-2-0 in the CCHA standings.

Last weekend, Ferris split a pair of games against rival Western Michigan. The Broncos grabbed an early lead and emerged as 2-1 winners in Big Rapids on Friday. The Bulldogs, however, bounced back the next night in Kalamazoo to earn a 4-2 victory over Western.

FSU is home for its next four games as it has two this weekend against Ohio State and then two more (Jan. 30-31) against Nebraska-Omaha.

Following that is a two-game set against Michigan State with the first contest played in East Lansing (Feb. 6) and the second being played in Big Rapids (Feb. 7).

Should Be A Good One Between Bulldogs And Bucks

Ohio State Is Ranked 14th In The Nation

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is hosting one of the hottest NCAA Division I hockey teams in the nation in Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are ranked 14th in the nation and riding a 10-game winning streak that includes last weekend's sweep of Bowling Green State by scores of 8-5 and 4-3 (OT) on the Falcons' home ice.

Ohio State is 15-6-1 overall and 8-5-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. OSU's schedule is back loaded, however, with a tough month of February that includes two-game sets against Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan and Miami.

We are about 50 minutes before game time.

Next Live Blog: Ferris State University vs. Ohio State University College Hockey

Bulldogs And Buckeyes Battle Tonight at 7:05 P.M.

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University ice hockey team is at home this evening for a two-game series against The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

The Bulldogs and Buckeyes battle tonight with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. from Ewigleben Ice Arena.

I will be blogging this evening, live, from Ewigleben Ice Arena to keep those watching the game on the B2 Network, listening in on local radio or following the game on the Internet via Gametracker engaged.

I would invite you to take some time to check out the live blog and give your thoughts and ask your questions of me, live, during the game.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Final: Ferris State 98, Tiffin 63

Bulldogs Leave No Doubt In Victory

BIG RAPIDS - It was the Verdell Billingsley, on Thursday night, as Ferris scores a 98-63 win over Tiffin University in Big Rapids.

Billingsley finished with 26 points as he hit 11-of-13 shots from the field and 2-of-2 from outside of the 3-point arc.

It was nice to see him get it going, but the Bulldogs also had strong efforts off the bench from Austin Randel 19 points and hit five 3-pointers.

Those were two of the signature performances in a strong win for Ferris.

Ferris Continues To Roll In The Game

Ferris Enjoying Balanced Scoring Effort

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris now has four players scoring in double digits with Verdell Billingsley leading the way with 18 points.

In addition to Billingsley, the Bulldogs have 12 points from Darien Gay, 11 points from Austin Randel and 10 points from Justin Keenan.

The Bulldogs are up 74-48 as the Dragons have started to play a little more loose and begin to hit some of those long triple tries.

In Full Control: Ferris 54, Tiffin 28

Three Players Scoring In Double Digits

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs have three players with scoring totals in double digits as Ferris owns a 54-28 lead over Tiffin in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

Darien Gay led the Bulldogs with 12 points while Austin Randel, a sharpshooter, and Verdell Billingsley, getting it done from inside and from outside, finished with 11 points apiece.

With six points apiece were Justin Keenan and Dontae Molden.

The Bulldogs are shooting 54.3 percent from the floor while Tiffin has been so-so with its shooting at 42.3 percent from the field.

Bulldogs Dominant Right Now

Ferris Has Gotten It Going ... Up To Big Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is now up 40-19 as the defense has been stifling (including a full-court zone press that has been bothering the Dragons).

The effort has been balanced on the scoring sheet for the Bulldogs. One of the best aspects of the first half has been the play off the bench of Verdell Billingsley who has eight points. In the starting lineup Darien Gay has 10 points.

Midway Point Of The First Half: Ferris 21, Tiffin 11

Bulldogs Looking Solid Early In This Game

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is off to a solid start leading 21-11 against the Dragons of Tiffin at about the midway point of the second half at the 9:48 mark.

The Bulldogs have gotten balanced production as Darien Gay has five points to lead the way.

It's Almost Time To Jump It Up

Men's Game Between Ferris And Tiffin Minutes Away

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is coming off a big upset win over 15th-ranked Grand Valley, but not must fight complacency in this game against Tiffin.

The Bulldogs have the talent to do it, but now they must prove it on the court against a team with some solid players.

Ferris Hangs On Gets The Win

Bulldogs Score 83-82 Win Over Tiffin

BIG RAPIDS - Ashley Fleming finished with a team-high 21 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 83-82 win.

Fleming had 21, but 15 points off the bench from Becci Houdek (including two big shots late in the game) helped the Bulldogs secure a win - their first GLIAC win since Dec. 1 to snap a seven-game GLIAC losing streak.

Houdek Taking Over The Game

Houdek Makes Another Big Shot For Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Just when you thought she had already made one big shot, Becci Houdek showed that she was not done.

The sophomore guard capitalized on a missed free throw by Tiffin, pushed the ball down the court and tossed up a shot in the paint that fell with 8.3 seconds to play to put Ferris ahead on the scoreboard by an 83-82 count.

It's Tiffin's ball.

Houdek Triples

Sophomore Guard Hits Big Shot

BIG RAPIDS - Becci Houdek nailed a long 3-pointer, with 23.6 seconds to play, to pull the Bulldogs to within one point at 82-81.

Ferris must now seek out a steal, but then foul quickly. Tiffin is only in the single bonus. So, a miss could put the Bulldogs in a good position. Pressure is on the Dragons to step to the stripe and make some free throws.

With 1:21 To Play: Tiffin 80, Ferris 76

A Couple Of Miscues And Great Tiffin Shots Turn Things

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs had some chances, but were unable to convert on those opportunities as Tiffin opened up a four-point advantage at 80-76 with 1:08 to play.

Ferris had a shot, but misfired as Tiffin secured the rebound.

Both teams have elevated their shooting percentages considerably.

Ferris Now Roars Back

Big Run By The Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - A big run by the Bulldogs watched Ferris climb back into the game and briefly take the lead on a layup from Andrea Clancy with just over three minutes to play.

The game is now tied at 76-76 with 2:37 to play in the second half. The Dragons have called for a time out with possession of the basketball. You have to think that Tiffin coach Pam Oswald wants to make sure her team gets a good shot on this possession and then has an opportunity to set its defense against the Bulldogs.

Dragons Come Roaring Back

Tiffin Capitalizes On Bulldog Defensive Struggles

BIG RAPIDS - Tiffin's quickness and ability to penetrate and get to the basket has been causing the Bulldogs some issues throughout the game, but particularly so late in the second half.

The Dragons went up by as many as seven points, at 64-57, but the Bulldogs have since started to find a bit of a rhythm, offensively.

Defensively, the the Bulldogs struggles continue.

Currently, Tiffin leads 71-63 at 5:44.

Under 10 Minutes: Ferris 57, Tiffin 56

Bulldogs Take The Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has had to work hard in this game, but that work ethic is paying some dividends for the Bulldogs.

As Ferris has settled in, its shooting percentage has risen to 43.2 percent at the 9:09 mark of the second half. As a result, the Bulldogs are hanging on to a slim 57-56 lead.

Bulldogs Playing With The Hunger To End Streak

Ferris Fighting To End Seven-Game Skid

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has not won a women's basketball conference game since Dec. 1 - a win in Allendale over Grand Valley.

But, against Tiffin this evening, the Bulldogs are showing a lot of fight as they battle to put a stop to the seven-game GLIAC losing streak (a streak that includes an 85-68 loss to Tiffin in Ohio on Dec. 6).

Ferris' energy level is much higher in this game, but the Bulldogs must continue to pay attention to detail - understanding the little things could be big in what is shaping up to be a tightly-contested battle that could go right down until the end.

Right now, Tiffin is leading 51-49 at a time out at the 13:$6 mark.

Ferris On The Comeback Trail

Bulldogs Making A Push

BIG RAPIDS - A 3-point play (the old-fashioned one) by Jenna Guay, at 15:46 of the second period put the Bulldogs into the lead at 47-46.

Ferris, which trailed 37-32 at the end of the first half, but already has pushed its field-goal shooting percentage up over the 40-percent mark.

Bulldogs Hoping To Begin Climb Out Of Last Place

Ferris tied with Saginaw Valley For Last In North Division

BIG RAPIDS - Entering Thursday, the Bulldog women's basketball team owned a 1-7 league record to be tied with Saginaw Valley State for last place in the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

The Cardinals are home this evening against Wayne State in a league battle. Early in the second half, SVSU was trailing Wayne 30-23.

Tough Start For Bulldogs

Ferris Trailing 37-32 At Halftime

BIG RAPIDS - It was a tough shooting start to the game for the Ferris women's basketball team in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at home against Tiffin.

The Bulldogs connected on just 32.1 percent of their shots from the field and hit just 28.6 percent from outside of the 3-point arc as the Bulldogs fell down 37-32 at halftime.

The tough shooting was compounded by an 11-turnover first-half performance.

Nonetheless, the Bulldogs were led by Becci Houdek, who came off the bench to score seven points while starting center Ashley Fleming added six points in 11 minutes.

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's A Final: Ferris 74, Grand Valley 67

Breaks The Lakers' Eight Game Win Streak In Rivalry

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University got the monkey off its back with a 74-67 win over Grand Valley State, ranked 15th in the nation in Division II. The Bulldogs had a monster game from Justin Keenan who finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Ferris also had 18 points and seven assists from sophomore point guard Darien Gay.

Awesome second-half performance by the Bulldogs who improve to 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC so far this season while the Lakers fall to 9-4 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Sensational win ... great night to be a BULLDOG!!!

Monster Game By Justin Keenan

The Big Man Is Having A Big Game

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University's Justin Keenan has really stepped his game up in the second half of Monday night's game against Grand Valley.

With 1:48 to go, Keenan has 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs lead 66-65 with GVSU's Justin Ringler at the free throw line bringing the Lakers to within one point.

Active Legs Help The Bulldogs

Ferris Climbing Back Into The Game

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldog men's basketball team is making a comeback. That comeback has been thanks in no small part to a combination of greater intensity at both ends of the floor along with the ability to make some shots.

Lou Williams has been a big spark off the bench for the Bulldogs. With greater activity and athleticism from Williams (along with Jason Holder), things opened up a little bit in the paint for Justin Keenan to get some things going, offensively.

Ferris is now down 53-52 with 7:55 to go.

Foul Trouble Hurting Bulldogs

Young's Foul Trouble Hurts Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University has been hurt by the foul trouble suffered by junior guard Josh Young, one of the teams top scorers on the season averaging 17.3 points.

But four fouls, the fourth of which was picked up early in the second half, put Young right back on the bench and well below his scoring average with just two points on 1-of-3 shooting from the field in limited minutes.

It's Halftime: Grand Valley 37, Ferris 28

The Bulldogs Fall Into A Little Hole

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has had a difficult time solving the Lakers' defense during the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs are shooting 38.5 percent from the floor while Grand Valley is connecting on 44.8 percent of its attempts from the floor.

Both teams have featured balanced scoring with the key players, as is to be expected, leading the way. Justin Keenan leads Ferris with eight points while Justin Ringler leads Grand Valley with eight points at the halftime.

GVSU has benefited, however, from some good play of the bench from Alvin Storrs who has seven points in the contest on 3-of-5 shots he has connected on from the floor. In many ways, he and starting point guard Wes Trammell have been the difference. Trammell, the younger brother of Laker star Pete Trammell, has six points.

It's A Physical Game As Always

A Typical FSU-GVSU Game

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University has been working hard on the glass (offensively and defensively).

Ferris' hustle has been tremendous and has helped the team to climb back into the game on the scoreboard to within five points at 27-22. But, a couple of turnovers and two finishes by the Lakers built the lead back up to nine points, 31-22.

The Bulldogs have had their ups and downs, but really have been plagued by an inability to finish some key opportunities inside.

Since attempts at the basket, from point-blank range are so rare, you have to finish shots.

The Game Is Underway

Lakers Off To A Hot Start

BIG RAPIDS - Grand Valley's men's basketball team is off to a hot start right now. The Lakers have done a good job of exploiting a few matchups to get Reed City native Justin Ringler a couple of nice looks at the basket.

Ringler has things going early and he has gotten some help from point guard Wes Trammell and Toreau Brown.

The Bulldogs have yet to really get things going in the game.

For Ferris, it has been a bit of a struggle with some tough calls going against the players from the refs and an inability to solve the Lakers' defense. The Bulldogs have been unable to get a lot of high-percentage shots against GVSU's tough defense.

Final: Grand Valley 78, Ferris 63

Bulldogs Fall To 3-9 Overall, 1-7 GLIAC

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris State University fell by a score of 78-63 of Grand Valley State University in women's college basketball on Monday evening in Jim Wink Arena.

Ferris fell into a deep hole during the second half and tried to climb out of it, but could never fully work its way back from large deficits to come close.

Kelsey DeNoyelles came off the bench to score 13 points and grab five rebounds in 22 minutes. The only other player to reach double digits was Chelsea Simonetti, who had 10 points. Caitlin Hutchison was close with nine points in the loss.

For the Lakers, guard Emma Veach led all scorers with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kara Crawford added 18 points and Kim Wyngaard tallied 11 points.

The Lakers improve to 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the GLIAC. GVSU has won all its conference games since its loss to Ferris on Dec. 1. Conversely, Ferris has dropped all of its league games since it defeated GVSU in Allendale (Dec. 1).

Bulldogs Making A Small Run

Ferris Strings Together A Few Baskets

BIG RAPIDS - After Grand Valley looked to be in firm control of Monday's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball contest.

But, late in the second half, the Bulldogs put together a 12-0 scoring run to trim the Lakers' lead to 74-60, on a basket by Tiara Adams, with 3:30 to play.

Lakers Have Pulled Away

Red-Hot Lakers Rolling In Second Half

BIG RAPIDS - Grand Valley stepped on the gas pedal in the second half and the Bulldogs were unable to respond during much of the game's second 20 minutes.

GVSU is hitting almost everything it is throwing even remotely close to the basket in the second half while the Bulldogs struggled to put the ball in the basket. Emma Veach and Kara Crawford continued to be the ones inflicting most of the damage during Monday night's game in Wink Arena.

Grand Valley has been able to keep the Bulldogs offense off stride during much of the second half as FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has searched for strong combinations to bring her team back.

Early Struggles In Second Half

GVSU Beginning To Soar Past Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' early inability to effectively defensive rebound is working to Grand Valley's advantage in the early minutes of the second half.

The Lakers have been aggressive on the offensive boards and creating additional scoring opportunities for themselves.

Thanks to that solid offensive rebounding and some good shooting the Lakers have put together a double-digit lead on the scoreboard of 52-38 at 15:42 of the second half.

At this point, everything is working in the Lakers' favor.

We're At Halftime: Grand Valley 38, Ferris 32

Lakers Turn Up The Shooting Late In Second Half

BIG RAPIDS - Grand Valley picked up its shooting proficiency late in the first half and finished the initial 20 minutes shooting 48.4 percent from the floor in Jim Wink Arena.

Kara Crawford got off to a hot start in the game and finished the half with 14 points while Emma Veach finished the first half strong for a total of 12 points. Both players hit a pair of triples.

The Bulldogs, in spite of shooting only 37.1 percent from the floor, hung tough with the Bulldogs thanks to nine points off the bench from freshman guard Kelsey DeNoyelles. The Mount Pleasant native had a strong performance during the earlier meeting this season between Ferris and GVSU and is continuing that strong play. DeNoyelles connected on 3-of-5 shots from outside the 3-point arc for nine points.

Also for the Bulldogs, Chelsea Simonetti had a nice first half with eight points and four assists in a starting role for the team at point guard. Caitlin Hutchison turned in a nice first half with seven points.

Fun Playing Style Between Bulldogs And Lakers

If You Like Up-Tempo Basketball, This Is Your Game

BIG RAPIDS - If nothing else, the Bulldogs and Lakers are demonstrating a commitment to a run-and-gun style of women's college basketball.

Ferris, over the years, has been a team that is in its comfort zone pushing the ball up the court hard to create open-floor opportunities and higher-percentage scoring chances. Grand Valley plays a similar style. Both teams are blessed with guards who like the fast-tempo style. Chelsea Simonetti and Becci Houdek, Ferris' point guards, and Jasmine Padin, the Lakers' starting point guard, are built for the fast-paced style of basketball.

Although the shooting percentages have cooled, a little, the commitment to running and pushing the basketball has not changed much.


Ferris-Grand Valley off to hot start

BIG RAPIDS - So far, it has all the makings of a high-scoring game as the Lakers own a 17-15 lead with just under 12 minutes gone by in the game.

Kara Crawford, a guard, is off to a hot shooting start for the Lakers with 10 points while sophomore point guard Chelsea Simonetti leads the Bulldogs with six points on the strength of two 3-point baskets.

We're 20 Minutes Before Game Time: Big Monday

Ferris State and Grand Valley State: Women's Basketball

BIG RAPIDS - Jim Wink Arena, on the campus of Ferris State University, is open for business on Big Monday as the Bulldogs host rival Grand Valley State University in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action.

Game time is less than 15 minutes away and the free T-shirts being offered inside of the Wink are beginning to fly off the table. Students are back on campus and done with their first day of classes for the winter semester. What better place to be, after that stressful first day of classes, than inside Wink for the great rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Lakers.

Tipoff is near.