FSU men fall to Michigan Tech to close out season

HOUGHTON — The Ferris State men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Wednesday in a 71-59 setback on the road to Michigan Tech in the GLIACTournament Quarterfinals.

FSU ends the season with a 16-11 overall record and won a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division Championship.

Michigan Tech, which was seeded fourth, jumped out to a 38-26 halftime lead and held off the Bulldogs in the second half as they improved to 16-11 overall and advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday at top-seeded host Hillsdale.

MTU was paced by junior forward Ali Haidar, who totled 20 points and grabbed a GLIAC Tournament record 26 free throws, which also tied the Huskies’ school mark. Mike Hojnacki added 21 points in the victory.

Haidar’s presence in the paint was critical in allowing Michigan Tech to carry a 49-30 rebounding edge on the evening.

FSU senior forward Jerrell Sanders paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his final collegiate contest. He was joined in double-digits by junior guard Kenny Brown with 12 points.

Ferris State struggled from the field, shooting only 34.5 percent from the floor for the game, including just 25.6 percent in the opening half.

The Bulldogs fared better in the second half, shooting 44 percent, but were unable to hold Michigan Tech back, while shooting 44 percent for the game. Ferris State did take care of the basketball, committing just six turnovers for the game, while forcing 15 Michigan Tech miscues.

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