Tuesday, March 3, 2009

FINAL SCORE: GVSU 67, Ferris 49

It was all Grand Valley in the second half as Ferris' poor shooting plagued it during the game's final 20 minutes. Ferris just had a difficult time getting anything going, offensively, beyond what Justin Keenan was able to do. Keenan worked hard in the paint and got to the free throw line, but just could not get enough help in this game in the final analysis. Ferris hit just 23 percent of its shots during the game and that is not good enough on the road against a good basketball team. Keenan finished with 19 points and nine rebounds while Josh Young added eight points and Austin Randel finished with six.

For the Lakers, Pete Trammell led all scorers with 21 points while Reed City native Justin Ringler finished with 12 points.

Less Than Two Minutes To Go

Head coach Bill Sall beginning to clear his bench. He brought in senior Mark Gildersleeve to play in these final two-plus minutes. Gildersleeve and Jason Holder are the two seniors for the Bulldogs and both are on the floor right now.

Grand Valley Starting To Pull Away

Ferris' poor shooting is taking an offensive toll and it looms even larger since Grand Valley is beginning to shoot the basketball better from the field. Alvin Storrs had a nice finish and Pete Trammell has continued to be factor even when not scoring. Ferris is getting the ball into Keenan, but no one else has been a consistent offensive threat for the Bulldogs in the game. We have 5:10 to go and GVSU is up 57-41.

Free Throws Keeping Ferris In It

Ferris has hit 19-of-25 free throws in the game and that has somewhat offset a horrendous shooting performance from the Bulldogs who still are hitting less than 17 percent of their shots from the floor. The Lakers just got a basket from Alvin Storrs to extend the lead back to eight points at 47-39 with just under seven minutes.

Lakers Push Lead Into Double Digits

Grand Valley made a nice run at the start of the second half to help build its lead up to double digits. Hot shooting from Pete Trammell have helped the Lakers claim ownership of a 40-30 lead. FSU is still just shooting 16.7 percent from the field and thus has not helped its own cause in this game.

Lakers Begin Second Half Fast

Grand Valley is on an 8-0 scoring run to begin the second half as Pete Trammell has a three and a two and Jerret Smith just nailed a triple from the wing for a 31-23 lead with 18 minutes to play in the second half. Bill Sall, the FSU head coach, has just called a time out.

The Second Half Is Underway

The ball is in bounds and we're going.

We're All Tied Up

Ferris and Grand Valley is all tied up at 23-23 on the scoreboard. Both teams have shot relatively poorly from the field as Ferris is hitting just 16.7 percent from the floor while the Lakers are hitting 31.8 from the field.

Leading the Bulldogs with eight points is Justin Keenan. With four points apiece are Jason Holder and Josh Young with four points apiece. With three points apiece are Darien Gay and Austin Randel.

Grand Valley is being led by Pete Trammell who has 10 points.

Bulldogs Pushing The Ball And Attacking

Even with Justin Keenan out of the game, Ferris has had some success at the offensive end as it has been able to push the basketball up the court to attack. Ferris leads by one point, 19-18, with 3:25 to go in the first half.

Tightly-Contested Battle

Ferris opened up a lead early in the game, but the Lakers have made a nice run to tie the score at 13-13 with 8:27 to go on the game's clock. The Bulldogs have had a few defensive breakdowns and a few calls that have gone against them. Justin Ringler's layup put GVSU up 15-13 on the scoreboard as part of a 9-0 run.

Jason Holder Run Over ... No Call ... Is Injured

Jason Holder was run over on the baseline (no foul was called) and he had to be attended to by the team's trainer. Holder was given a nice hand as he walked off the floor to recover from the injury.

We're Tied Early On

It's 6-6 on the scoreboard as both teams have been a little tight at the offensive end through the early stages of the contest.

A Little Delay

The GVSU Fieldhouse Arena is experiencing a little bit of an equipment malfunction as the net is out of order while GVSU officials work to repair it. As a result, were frozen at 7:29 on the pregame clock as the net is repaired and the Bulldogs can warm up.

Ferris Has To Withstand The Early Surge

You know that Grand Valley is going to come out hard playing on their home court and with plenty to play for tonight. The Bulldogs need to hang in the game early and then survive to be able to steal it in the end.

Fifteen Minutes Away From Game Time

The Bulldogs and Lakers are getting ready to tip it off in GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament action from the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale. Both teams are on the floor getting through their warm-up routines here in the arena.

We Will Be Covering Tonight's GLIAC Tournament Game

Ferris State University vs. Grand Valley State University Men's College Basketball

BIG RAPIDS - We will be bringing you the action for tonight's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament men's college basketball game between Ferris and Grand Valley from the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale.

The Bulldogs and Lakers renew their great West Michigan rivalry on GVSU's turf as both teams battle to keep their seasons alive for as long as possible.