Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ferris Falls 85-66 To Bellarmine In Regional Title Game

Ferris State senior guard Darien Gay drives to the basket during the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Tournament championship game in Louisville, Ky. against Bellarmine University. (Ed Hyde, FSU Photographic Services)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was a heartbreaking end to a season that filled so many with so much joy from start to finish.

The 2010-11 season came to an end for the Ferris State University men's basketball team as the Bulldogs dropped an 85-66 decision to Bellarmine University before a capacity crowd at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky. Senior Darien Gay led the Bulldogs with 16 points and seven assists while fellow senior Justin Keenan added 15 points and six rebounds. Another senior, Matt DeHart, added 12 points, in the loss as he knocked down four triples in seven attempts.

Head coach Bill Sall's Bulldogs led 39-37 at halftime, but were outscored 48-27 in the second half by the Knights as they rode a wave of momentum and the emotion partially generated by the crowd.

"I couldn't be prouder of this group of seniors and what they accomplished this season," Sall said. "That's as good of a team as we've faced tonight, but we battled to the end."

With the loss, Ferris finishes the season with a record of 24-8.

Lou Williams is the team's fourth senior. Williams finished with two points and seven rebounds in his career finale.

Here is the 2011 NCAA Division II Midwest Region All-Tournament Team

Kenny Brown, Ferris State; Justin Keenan; Ferris State; Justin Benedetti; Bellarmine; Luke Sprague; Bellarmine; Chris Dowe; Bellarmine and MVP Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine

Monday, March 14, 2011

Global Experiential Learning Course: Ferris Students Experience India

Twelve students and two faculty members traveled during spring break to the northern part of India to learn about the culture, traditions, business, and history of India. During their travels they visited the capital New Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi. In Varanasi they were warmly welcomed by School of Management Studies to understand the role of spirituality and how it adds to the ethical dimension in understanding management practices around the globalized world. The students also had an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal, Delhi University, hospital systems, and Gandhi's memorial.

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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