Saturday, February 14, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 73, Northern 63

The Bulldogs were led by Justin Keenan who had 28 points and eight rebounds while Darien Gay and Josh Young each added 11 points on the scoreboard to go with seven rebounds. Matt DeHart chipped in eight points while Dontae Molden added seven points and six assists for FSU. The Bulldogs hit 47.1 percent of its shots while holding Northern to 39.7 percent shooting during the contest. For the Wildcats, Raymont McElroy had a solid game with 22 points while Marc Renelique finished with 14 points and Chris Warner added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 12-11 overall and 10-8 in the GLIAC.

Ferris Owns A 15-Point Lead

Ferris is up 67-52 on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs took a nice shot from Northern in a comeback bid. NMU cut FSU's lead to nine points, but Ferris has responded and built it back up as high as 17 and it now stands at 15 points. Justin Keenan has been a monster for the Bulldogs with 26 points and eight rebounds.

NMU Used An 11-2 Run

Northern cut Ferris' lead to 11 points at 55-44 prior to a jumper from Justin Keenan to put the Bulldogs back up 57-44 on the scoreboard. We have 9:30 left in the game on the scoreboard. Northern has thrown a counter punch to connect with the Bulldogs and now it will be interesting to see how Ferris responds.

FSU Up 53-33, But Then ...

Northern has gone on a run and that 53-33 lead has turned into just a 53-41 advantage after a three-point play opportunity successfully converted by Jared Benson.

Ferris Defense Has Been Sensational ...

Ferris owns a 45-28 lead over Northern Michigan as the defense of the Bulldogs has been nothing short of suffocating.

HALFTIME: Ferris 37, Northern 24

Bulldogs, with 0.9 seconds to go, ran an out-of-bounds play to perfection and got a layup for Matt DeHart to put Ferris up 37-24 at the end of the first 20 minutes. Leading the Bulldogs with nine points is Justin Keenan and DeHart with eight points. Also, with six points apiece, are Darien Gay and Josh Young. For Northern, the leading scorer is Raymont McElroy, who has 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. Chris Warner has six points for NMU.

Ferris is hitting 48.1 percent of its shots while Northern is hitting just 38.5. The Bulldogs have a 10-0 edge in bench points against NMU.

Ferris Lead Ballooning

The Bulldogs lead is now up to 12 points at 29-17 thanks to a fastbreak mentality that has allowed Ferris to attack the Northern defense before it can get set. It also has been great to see Matt DeHart come in and heat things up from the 3-point line.

Ferris Extending Its Lead

The Bulldogs have gone up 22-16 with a time out on the floor at the 9:41 mark on the scoreboard. It's early, but guard Darien Gay has six points and center Justin Keenan has five.

NMU Men Shooting Well

Northern Michigan is off to a solid shooting start in the game, and that is keeping the Wildcats within striking distance. Ferris is up 16-14 with 10:50 to go.

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 57, Northern 50

Ferris hangs on for a strong win to keep itself in the hunt for the playoffs in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 57-50 women's basketball win over Northern Michigan in Jim Wink Arena Saturday afternoon. FSU battled back from a double-digit deficit to take control of the game late in the second half. FSU might be playing some of its best basketball of the season... just in time.

Ferris Looking Good With 1:02 To Go

Ferris is up 53-48 in the game and NMU has gotten out of the rhythm it was in converting baskets in the paint with its size and bulk advantage in the paint. Meanwhile, Ferris has put the clamps on, defensively, as the Wildcats shooting percentage has plummeted to 29.8 percent for the game.

Bulldogs Strike First

Ashley Fleming made a sweet feed inside to Jenna Guay who scored on a layup to make it 49-47.

NMU Goes Inside

The Wildcats went inside to Angie Leckson, their 6-1 junior center in the post, she lowered the shoulder and bowled over Becci Houdek. No call was made - as you would expect late in the game. She got a shot off, but it misfired and time ran out. We're going to overtime.

Ferris Had A Shot, But Couldn't Covert ... NMU Ball

We have 10 seconds to play. Ferris was trying to run the game clock down to get near the final shot. The Bulldogs shot with about 14 seconds to go. NMU rebounded, controlled the possession and now will likely get the finals shot of regulation.

We're Tied With Under A Minute

Teghan Thelen buried another basket to tie the score at 47-47.

Less Than Four Minutes To Go In Regulation

Ferris has hit a little bit of a stall now at the 3:46 mark of the game. The Bulldogs are trailing 44-41 after a controversial traveling call wiped out a potential FSU bucket.

Bulldogs Coming Back

Ferris has roared back from down 12 points to up 38-36 on the scoreboard.

Ferris Shooting Continues To Suffer

The Bulldogs now are connecting on just 24 percent of their shots from the floor as Northern is now shooting up over 42 percent now.

Already Trailing By 12

Ferris turns ball over, gives up a layup to put NMU up 29-20 and then turns it over again with less than 19 minutes to go. Steffani Stoeger just hit a triple for a 32-20 lead.

HALFTIME: Northern Michigan 27, Ferris 20

Northern made a little bit of a late surge, near the end of the first half, to take a 27-20 lead into the halftime break. NMU is only shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, but is being led by its star guard, Kelsey Deacon, who has 12 points. For the Bulldogs, Caitlin Hutchison and Teghan Thelen each have five points in the game. FSU is hitting only 25.9 percent of its field goal attempts through the game's first 20 minutes. Tough-luck shooting and 10 first-half turnovers has helped fuel the Wildcats' 10-point lead in a huge game for the Bulldogs to stay in the hunt for the GLIAC playoffs.

Late In The First Half

This is looking like it will be a tightly-contested battle between the Bulldogs and Wildcats in women's college basketball action. Both teams are struggling as each squad is hitting 30 percent or less from the floor. Northern is a shade over 30 percent while Ferris is just under at 28 percent and trailing 24-20 on the scoreboard with one minute to go.

Friday, February 13, 2009

We're Blogging Live Saturday Afternoon

Men's And Women's College Basketball: Ferris Hosts Northern Michigan

BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams will be home in Jim Wink Arena on Saturday hosting Northern Michigan University, and we will be blogging live from these events.

The women's game begins the day's hardwood action at 1 p.m. while the men's game will follow with tip off scheduled for approximately 3 p.m.

The women's team is coming off of an impressive upset win against Michigan Tech, the 12th-ranked team in the nation in Division II.

The men's team hopes to rebound from a tough loss to the Huskies on Thursday evening as they face the Wildcats.

We will have regular blog updates throughout the contest as well as commentary and photos of the action from Wink Arena ... if you can't be there in person.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Final Score: MTU 66, Ferris 58

Credit Michigan Tech for playing an almost perfect road basketball game against the Bulldogs and deserved to walk away with a win. MTU rebounded well, defended better in the second half and hit the big shots it needed to hit.

We're Deadlocked at 54-54

Darien Gay has really picked up his play in the second half and showing the kind of all-around player that he has become this year. He has proven that as the league leader in assists while also being a knock-down shooter from the perimeter. In addition, he has added the dribble drive to his game with the pull-up jumper in the lane. The score is 54-54.

Tech Sizzling Shooting The Three

Michigan Tech has connected on 7-of-15 shots from outside of the 3-point arc and that has been led largely by Mike Hojnacki (4-of-5) and Robby Springborn (2-for-4).

Bulldogs Turning The Ball Over

Already four turnovers for the Bulldogs that are leading to easy baskets and a higher shooting percentage. MTU is now leading 39-38 thanks largely to the offense of Robby Springborn.

Josh Young Sparks Bulldogs Late In First Half

With under three seconds to go, Josh Young came up with a steal and knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer (against a lazy play by the Huskies) to put the Bulldogs up by seven points at 34-27. Kevin Luke, the coach of Michigan Tech, was angry with his team's late sloppy play at the end of the first half.

Tech Calls Time Out Adjusts To Keenan

Ferris had been doing such a great job of getting the ball into Justin Keenan with the high lob from the high post. Tech, however, had a time out called by head coach Kevin Luke who made an adjustment, defensively. Luke must have convinced his team it needed to play more physical and have a team effort, defensively, against Keenan.

Bulldogs Doing Good Job Getting It Inside To Keenan

Ferris works so hard to try and get the basketball inside to Justin Keenan. With his great hands he has been superb at catching the basketball with those soft and strong hands and finishing on the inside.

Ferris Energy Level High, But ...

Michigan Tech has the early lead at 11-6. The Bulldogs have a good activity level, early in the game, but are connecting on just 28.6 percent of their shots through the first five-plus minutes. Meanwhile, Tech is shooting well at better than 62 percent.

Under Five Minutes Until The Men's Game

Ferris and Michigan Tech are getting close to tipping off here in Jim Wink Arena. This game is an important one in the standings as MTU is 8-8 in the league while Ferris is 9-7 (a difference of one game). The standings are tightly compacted and each game is of critical importance from here on out.

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 67, No. 12 MTU 62

The Bulldogs were tough in the end. Ashley Fleming blocked a triple try and hustled on the floor to try and get possession of the ball back to Ferris. Teghan Thelen just hit her first free throw after being fouled and the second also is good to make it 67-62. MTU turned the ball over and the game clock ran out on what is a big upset in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

Thelen Can't Quite Convert

Ferris' Teghan Thelen ran the shot clock all the way down, but was not able to convert on a shot as MTU secured the ball after it was knocked out of bounds. There are 20.4 seconds left and Tech has the ball. Huskies could be looking for a three.

We're In A Time Out With 1:36 To Play

The Bulldogs just turned the basketball over trying to attack early against MTU. Now, Tech has the ball back with a set play it will try to run.

Ferris Lead Down To Three

MTU, however, is making a run. Ferris is leading 63-60 ... make it 65-60 on a baseline jumper from Andrea Clancy with 2:23 to go.


Ferris' Teghan Thelen just hit a long triple to force another Michigan Tech time out as the Bulldogs now are up 55-48. Although, Katie Zimmerman just tripled to cut the lead to four at 55-51.

Ferris Showing Some Life

A short jumper in the lane, off the fingertips of Teghan Thelen, has put Ferris in the lead 52-48. With 9:03 to play, Michigan Tech head coach John Barnes called a time out to try and slow down the momentum of the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs Lead

A bucket in the paint from Ashley Fleming has put the Bulldogs up 50-48 on the scoreboard as we are now under 10 minutes in the game. It's an intense basketball game.

Free Throws Are Lopsided

But Ferris is fouling a lot more than the Huskies. The Bulldogs have been a little bit out of position on some MTU possessions and that has helped put the Huskies at the free throw line way too much. In spite of that, an assist from Teghan Thelen to Andrea Clancy has tied the score at 48-48.

Looking Like A Tight One

Edge at the free throw line is keeping Huskies in the lead at about three-quarters of the way through the game. Tech has hit 13-of-17 from the stripe while Ferris is just 7-of-9. The score is 44-43 in MTU's favor.

HALFTIME: Michigan Tech 31, Ferris 27

We're officially at halftime in the women's contest between the Bulldogs and Huskies and MTU is clinging to a four-point lead, 31-27. Neither team has shot the ball particularly well as Tech is shooting 37.9 percent and the Bulldogs are a little better at 44 percent. MTU has hit a couple of 3-pointers (just 2-0f-11) while the Bulldogs have yet to connect on a shot from downtown (0-of-3). The leading scorer at the half for Ferris is Ashley Fleming with nine points (doing most of her work in the paint) while Teghan Thelen has been heating things up from the perimeter with eight points. For MTU, Katie Wysocky (one of the team's numerous stars) has 10 points to lead everyone while Lisa Staehlin has come off the bench to add seven.

Nationally, MTU Ranks Among The Nation's Best

The Huskies are ranked No. 12 in the nation according to the WBCA ESPN/USA Today Division II poll. MTU had been ranked among the top 10 in the nation prior to the most recent poll. That high ranking in the region and the high ranking in the nation means the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them to try and escape with a win.

Tech Ranks Prominently In The Region

Michigan Tech enters this game as the second-ranked women's basketball team in the Midwest Region (behind only No. 1 Northern Kentucky). MTU remains, however, the elite team in the GLIAC - just ahead of Hillsdale.

Huskies Trying To Pull Away Late

The Huskies built their lead up to six points, at 27-21, but the Bulldogs appear to have regained their composure and it helps to get two free throws from Teghan Thelen.

Tempo Favors MTU, But Game Still Tight

It's a slower-paced game and that probably plays to the advantage of Michigan Tech, but the Bulldogs for the most part have done a good job of converting a high enough percentage shooting from the field to hang tough during most of the first half of action.

A Little Late To The Party

I had a little difficulty getting started blogging tonight since I was struggling more than normal with my photography. But, I got a few usable shots that will be OK to use.

Live Blogging Tonight

I am planning on live blogging tonight (health permitting ... I'm battling a case of food poisoning) as the Ferris men's and women's basketball teams take on Michigan Tech University live from Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition.

Action starts at 6 p.m. with the women's game tipping off and ends with the men's contest (scheduled to get underway at approximately 8 p.m. from Wink).

As always, the live blogs feature regular updates during both games, commentary, breakdowns of the action, descriptions of the atmosphere and photographs.