Saturday, February 21, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Lake Superior 76, Ferris 69

Ferris played its heart out, but just came up a bit short against the second-best team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ferris was led by Jason Holder with 16 points, Josh Young had 15 and Darien Gay added 14 in the loss.

For the Lakers, Mark Morse led with 16 points, Tim VanOudheusden added 13 points and Scott Perkins chipped in with 10. With the loss, Ferris is now 13-12 overall and 11-9 in the GLIAC while LSSU improves to 19-6 overall and 16-4 in the GLIAC.

It was a valiant effort by the Bulldogs who competed hard.

Gay Triples

Darien Gay's triple from the corner has cut Lake State's lead down to five points at 69-64 with 53 seconds to go.

The Score is 67-61

Ferris is in a time out right now after an unforced turnover by the Lakers that will give the Bulldogs a chance to cut the deficit down to four or three again.

Verdell Billingsley Undercut In Front Of Official ... NO CALL

Verdell Billingsley was up in the air and dangerously undercut by a Lake Superior player, but there was no call as Lake State secured the possession. Those calls need to be made for danger to a player coming down hard in an awkward and vulnerable position.

Randel Triple Cuts Lake State Lead To Three

Austin Randel nailed an NBA-range triple to cut LSSU's lead to three points at 62-59. Josh Young hit another basket to cut the lead to one at 62-61. That is as close as it has been in quite some time.

Ferris Cuts It To Four, Lake State Answers

The Lakers pushed the lead back up to six points at 62-56 on the scoreboard. Ferris is still pushing and competing hard in this game.

Zone Press Has Been Broken By Lakers

Ferris has tried to utilize the zone press to disrupt the Lakers' offense with the full-court defense. LSSU, however, has done a nice job of breaking the press and then attacking with long range shots from the perimeter, especially triple tries. Lake Superior has extended the lead back to 10 points at 59-49 after Ferris had cut into that advantage.

Jason Holder Has Come To Life

Jason Holder has now 12 points and he is working to make some things to happen right around the basket. A double-digit lead of 11 is down to four after a 3-pointer by Austin Randel that forced Lake Superior to burn a time out. It is 51-47 in favor of LSSU.

Lake State Led By As Many As 17

But, the Bulldogs have chipped away at the lead of the Lakers to now trim it down to six points at 42-36. Ferris is looking far more active and aggressive out here on the hardwood. The shooting percentage of the Bulldogs is creeping back up from below 30 percent to now up to 34 percent at a stoppage in play at the 14:10 mark of the second half. Josh Young has come to life a little more and has a team-best 11 points.

HALFTIME: Lake Superior 35, Ferris 23

Ferris is competing with Lake Superior and hanging tough. The Bulldogs have struggled with their shooting against an underrated defensive team. LSSU is always known for its shooting, but the Lakers are actually a fine defensive team.

At the half, Josh Young is leading the way with seven points and Lou Williams has six points. For the Lakers, Mark Morse is the leading scorer in the game with 11 points.

Chase The Bulldog

One of the better new games we've seen here at basketball games at Jim Wink Arena is the Chase-The-Bulldog game that is awesome for the kids who have yet to catch the craft an elusive Bulldog. You can see how much the kids enjoy participating in the event where they can interact with the Bulldogs and have some fun at the same time.

Mark Morse

Mark Morse triple puts Lake State up 25-16 on the scoreboard. Morse had a chance for a four-point play but missed the free throw. The Lakers have hit their three straight triples.

With 9:42 To Go

Ferris is hanging tough with Lake Superior so far in the game with the Lakers just grabbing a 12-10 lead. Right now, the Bulldogs are only connecting on just 12 percent of their 3-point shots so far. This is from a team shooting better than 40 percent from the arc for the season. Ferris is doing a good job defending the triple.

Shoot Hot Or Shoot Not

Lake Superior is such a prolific 3-point shooting team and you almost have to hope that the Lakers are having an off shooting night. It also helps to challenge the shooters when they are making those attempts from deep on the perimeter. So far, Ferris is competing hard.

Lake Superior Off To A Good Start

Ferris is trailing 9-3 early in the game as Lake Superior is beginning to execute so well at the offensive end. The Lakers are an underrated defensive team that has caused the Bulldogs some problems.

Ferris Hanging Tough

Josh Young with a big, early three-point play to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

Going To Be An Uphill Battle For Bulldog Men

Ferris is playing one of the best teams in the GLIAC in Lake Superior State. The Lakers shoot the ball so well from the perimeter and they have a nice post player inside in Ryan Kuhl. Ferris is playing without the services of Justin Keenan, the leading scorer in the GLIAC, and another starter in guard Bryan Pasciak, who has been out most of the season. Both Keenan and Pasciak have foot injuries Keenan hopes to return by next week.

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 69, Lake Superior 66

The Bulldogs made a big move to keep themselves in the playoff picture and deal one of their chief rivals, Lake Superior, a big blow in its bid to win one of those precious spots in the conference tournament field. Teghan Thelen led the Bulldogs with 21 points while Jenna Guay added

Jackie Armstrong Converts Three-Point Play

Jackie Armstrong, playing fatigued, made a big-time move and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to trim the FSU lead to 65-64 with 52 seconds to play.

What A Game

Ferris is claiming ownership of a 65-61 lead on the scoreboard at this late stage of the second half with just 1:06 to play in regulation. Ferris called a time out and will try to execute on a big defensive possession.

Ferris Leads The Game 59-56

The Bulldogs and Lakers are locked up in a tight battle here in Jim Wink Arena in a game that appears destined to go right down to the last possession. Ferris has used its bench well and that has paid off in the late stages of the second half. We have 4:56 to go in the game.

We're At The 9:47 Mark

Ferris owns a 54-51 lead with 9:47 to go in the first half, and a big part of that has been the hustle and the skillful use of the bench by head coach Tracey Dorow. The Bulldogs are probably hoping to create some fatigue on the part of the Lake Superior team in the final minutes of this afternoon's game in Jim Wink Arena. The Lakers are trying to rotate their post players in and out to try and give them some breathers while Ferris has substituted a little more liberally.

The Bulldogs Up 52-49

Ferris is making a little run and it's starting at the defensive end with some great work on the interior, particularly from Ashley Fleming in the low post. Fleming has had some great shot blocks and is working hard on the glass. Ferris is clinging to a three-point lead at 52-49.

Ashley Fleming Knocked Off The Ball No Call ... Except A Technical

Ferris State's Ashley Fleming was knocked out of the way with no foul called on the play. The official finally made a call and it was amazingly a technical foul from the GLIAC officials. Hard to understand some times.

HALFTIME: Ferris 37, Lake Superior 37

It was an interesting first half of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action between two pretty evenly-matched teams on the hardwood. In the first half, Jackie Armstrong was the go-to player for the Lakers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds. For the Bulldogs, Jenna Guay is off to a strong start with 10 points while Teghan Thelen with nine points and Andrea Clancy with seven points.

Don't Look Now ... Ferris Is Up 31-28

FSU seems to have the more lively legs right now on the scoreboard as its post players are now running the floor hard. Teghan Thelen also has to be credited with stepping her game up as she now has nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. The scoreboard now reads 31-28 on the scoreboard. Lake Superior coach Jame Pewinski has been trying to rotate her post players in and out of the game to keep them fresh.

LSSU Up 20-13 At Second Media Time Out

Lake Superior continuing to play well with a 20-13 lead largely based on good post play from Alyssa VanderWal and Jackie Armstrong. The Bulldogs have cooled Armstrong off a bit and now is the time to get things going at the offensive end.

First Media Time Out

It's early, but Jackie Armstrong is off to a big start for Lake Superior with six points as LSSU is up 13-6 on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs, however, are doing a better job of working against those post players as Jenna Guay has four of the six FSU points while the other two are credited to Caitlin Hutchison. We have 14:44 left on the clock in the first half.

Bulldogs Being Hurt By Lake Superior's Size Inside

Ferris is being hurt by the inside play (scoring and rebounding) from 6-foot Jackie Armstrong and 6-foot-3 Alyssa VanderWal. Ferris has to box out the bigger post players or it could be a long night.

The Captains Have Met With The Officials

The captains of both teams met at mid court with the officials in the customary gaterhing prior to the start of the game and final warm ups are underway in Wink. We are now about six minutes before the start of the game. It's a big contest as the Bulldogs, Northern Michigan and Lake Superior are tied at 8-11 in the standings.

Less Than 25 Minutes Before Start Of Game

Ferris and Lake Superior women are less than 25 minutes away from tipping off in Jim Wink Arena. A special set of performances from the Saline Fiddlers will be taking place during halftime of both games here in Wink.

Friday, February 20, 2009

We Will Be Blogging Live Saturday Afternoon At Bulldog Basketball

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BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams are home Saturday afternoon in Jim Wink Arena to take on Lake Superior State University.

The women's contest tips off at 1 p.m. followed by the men's game at about 3 p.m. We will be hosting our live and interactive blog this evening as the Bulldogs and Lakers battle in GLIAC action.

Both the men's and women's basketball teams are coming off victories over Saginaw Valley on Thursday and hope to solidify their positions in the GLIAC Tournament against good Lake Superior basketball programs.

It should be a big day of NCAA Division II men's and women's college basketball action live from Wink.

Hockey Alum Chris Kunitz at Detroit Red Wings Tonight

National Hockey League alert - If you're sitting at home or out at a sports establishment, watch the Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks tonight (Friday, Feb. 20) at 7:30 on FSN-Detroit. Ferris great Chris Kunitz has played every game this season for the Ducks, 59 in all, and has 15 goals, 33 assists and is a +7. He just scored twice in a Ducks win over Phoenix Tuesday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 80, Saginaw Valley 69

The Bulldogs had to play a major chunk of the second half without the services of Justin Keenan, but the team responded in a major way. The Bulldogs were led by 20 points from Josh Young and 11 apiece from Verdell Billingsley and Darien Gay. Gay also added nine assists while Dontae Molden tallied six helpers of his own.

The biggest news of the game, however, was the injury to Keenan. His status will be in question as a strong Lake Superior team will come to Big Rapids on Saturday afternoon. Lake State is coming off an 80-70 win over Grand Valley State.

FSU now is 13-11 overall and 11-8 in the GLIAC.

Billingsley Stepping Up!

Verdell Billingsley is doing a great job filling in for the injured Justin Keenan in this contest. Billingsley has been playing through pain with that heavily taped wrist we've seen in recent games.

We're In A Time Out

Saginaw Valley just scored on a 2-on-1 fastbreak to cut Ferris' lead to 74-64 with 2:37 to play in the game.

Bulldogs Now Up By 10

Ferris has discovered something since the injury to Justin Keenan. Keenan went out of the game with what looked like an ankle injury. The Bulldogs have had Josh Young, Verdell Billingsley, Darien Gay and Dontae Molden have been among the players to step up in Keenan's absence.

Bulldogs Up By Five Now

Ferris now owns its largest lead of the game at 64-59 after a spectacular reverse layup by Josh Young. The Bulldogs are starting to find a little bit of a rhythm. Dontae Molden just hit a triple to make it 67-59.

Justin Keenan Out Of The Game

Justin Keenan was in traffic on a high lob pass in transition and appeared to come down on someone's foot to roll his ankle. Keenan hobbled off the floor and into the locker room and we've not seen him come back out.

SVSU Doubling Keenan

Saginaw Valley is coming at Justin Keenan with the hard double team almost every time he has touched the basketball. Ferris has worked its offense away from Keenan, but Justin has been able to stay involved by working the offensive glass for second and third opportunities.

HALFTIME: Saginaw Valley 39, Ferris 38

Ferris had trailed by 10 points. But, that was before Josh Young caught fire on the hardwood for the Bulldogs. Young started to drain shots from all angles on the court in the final couple of minutes of the game. Young's 13-point first half has pulled the Bulldogs to within one point at 39-38 on the scoreboard at halftime.

This One Has The Makings Of A Tight One

Saginaw Valley is leading the Bulldogs early in what is looking as if it is going to be a tight one from start to finish. Dante Williams just hit two free throws to put the Cardinals up 19-16 with 8:54 to go.

Ferris Men Off To Slow Shooting Start

The Ferris State University men's basketball team is off to a bit of a sluggish shooting start in this game connecting on just 28.6 percent of its shots (2-of-7). Saginaw Valley has hit 4-of-5 from the floor and claims ownership of an 8-4 lead. One piece of good news for the Bulldogs is that point guard Greg Foster has picked up two quick fouls and will be on the bench now. It is even better because Foster had six of those eight points.

FINAL: Ferris 81, Saginaw Valley 69

Ferris held on for the win as Andrea Clancy led the way with 13 points while Teghan Thelen and Chelsea Simonetti each contributed 10 ppoints in the win. With eight points apiece were Caitlin Hutchison, Jenna Guay and Lindsey Pettit.

For the Cardinals, Brittany Burkhardt led the way with 19 points while Kelley Wesp added 17 points and Tricia Everett finished with 14.

Ferris is now 10-13 on the season overall and 8-11 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Saginaw Valley On A Mini-Run

Back-to-back buckets and now Saginaw Valley has cut Ferris' lead down to 16 points at 70-54 with 4:24 to play in the second half. The Bulldogs own a large lead, but the Cardinals have not thrown in the towel on the game.

Pettit Capitalizing On Minutes

Lindsey Pettit made a nice drive, going to her strong hand (left), and scored just as the Cardinals had cut their deficit to less than 20 points. Pettit, after the time out, will be at the line shooting to put Ferris back up by 20. She is back at the line, and knocks it down. The score is 70-50.

With Big Lead Dorow Goes Deep Into Her Bench

One of the benefits of Ferris' large lead (now up to 22 points at 62-40) has been the luxury of playing some of her reserve players extended minutes on the floor. With Ashley Fleming likely out for the game, that has opened up more minutes for Andrea Clancy and Tiara Adams to show what they can do. Stephanie DeNoyelles, a player who brings team-first mentality and toughness, also has picked up some extra minutes in this game. Lindsey Pettit also has picked up some extra time on the hardwood.

Thelen Is Red Hot At Start Of Second Half

Teghan Thelen has nailed a pair of 3-pointers from deep on the perimeter to put the Bulldogs up 46-22 on the scoreboard and force Saginaw Valley to burn another time out and perhaps adjust some strategy.

HALFTIME: Ferris 37, Saginaw Valley 20

It was a strong first-half performance by Ferris which owns a 37-20 lead at the break against visiting Saginaw Valley. The Bulldogs have benefited from a balanced score book that is led by Andrea Clancy's six points off the bench. Ashley Fleming has five, but appeared to take a shot to the face and had to be assisted off the court by athletic trainer Joe Fox. Fleming has a bandage covering one of her eyes coming out of the locker room. Brittany Burkhardt is leading Saginaw Valley with nine points and seven rebounds.

Saginaw Valley is shooting just 24.1 percent from the floor in the first half while Ferris is hotting 51.6 percent of its shots through the first 20 minutes.

Ferris Looking Dominant On The Court

This has to be a far different team than the one that played against Saginaw Valley during the earlier meeting of the season in University Center. Ferris has the tempo it wants and is working hard to get baskets in the paint. The Bulldogs are hitting 47 percent of their shots while holding the Cardinals to 21.4 percent from the field. The score is now 19-6.

Bulldog Women Off To Fast Start

Ferris is leading 11-4 at the time of the first media time out at 13:19 on the clock in the first half against Saginaw Valley.

It's Neat To Think Pink

Ferris State University and Saginaw Valley State University are wearing a lot of pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Ferris and SVSU both wore pink warm-up shirts. SVSU players have some pink headbands and pink socks/tape while Ferris players are wearing pink shoelaces. We have the perimeter of the court lined with pink tape.

We Will Be Blogging Live Tonight At Bulldog Basketball

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BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams are home tonight in Jim Wink Arena to take on Saginaw Valley State University. The women's contest tips off at 6 p.m. followed by the men's game at about 8 p.m. We will be hosting our live and interactive blog this evening as the Bulldogs and Cardinals do battle in GLIAC action.

Both the men's and women's basketball teams are hoping to avenge losses from earlier in the season against Saginaw Valley and improve their positioning in the GLIAC Tournament seeding race.

It should be a big night of NCAA Division II men's and women's college basketball action live from Wink.