Monday, March 14, 2011

Ferris Men's Basketball Team Advances To Sweet 16; Plays For Regional Title Tuesday Night

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Division II Sweet Sixteen with a thrilling 83-76 victory over Drury (Mo.) in the regional semifinals on Sunday (March 13) evening at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky.

The Bulldogs will face top-seeded host Bellarmine (Ky.) in Tuesday's (March 15) regional title game starting at 7 p.m. (ET) in Louisville after the Knights topped fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky.

The winner of the regional championship game will move on to the NCAA-II Elite Eight set for March 22-25 in Springfield, Mass.

Ferris State improved to 24-7 overall this campaign by avenging an earlier setback to Drury in late November at the Owensboro (Ky.) Classic.

The Bulldogs used a strong first half to grab a 46-35 advantage at the break and then built the lead to as many as 18 points with 16:20 to play. The Panthers stormed back and took a four-point lead of their own with 8:08 to go before Ferris responded and made some critical free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.

FSU held a 59-43 lead with 13:03 to go before Drury went on a 17-0 run to take a 60-59 margin with 10:33 to play. The Panthers held a four-point advantage with eight minutes to go, but Ferris answered with a 10-1 run of its own to grab a five-point edge with three minutes to play.

The Bulldogs then converted seven free throws in the final 1:12 to secure the win and move on to the regional championship game.

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs moved onto the regional title game for the first time since reaching the Sweet Sixteen in the 2004-05 season.

Sophomore guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) had another strong showing as he scored a team-high 22 points following a 27-point effort in Saturday's (March 12) semifinal victory over Wayne State at Knights Hall. He made six-of-12 (50%) three-point tries in the win.

FSU also received 19 points and nine boards from senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) to go with 12 points each from senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) and sophomore forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance). The 6-5 Sutherlin also hauled in some crucial rebounds down the stretch as part of his seven total boards in the contest.

For the complete press release, visit: http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/mbkb/2010-11/releases/201103139db5sj

Note: Pictured above is senior forward Lou Williams

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