Bulldogs fall to Lakers, 86-62

Ferris State losing streak reaches nine after loss to GVSU

ALLENDALE – Coming into Monday’s matchup with rival Grand Valley State, the Ferris State men’s basketball team had dropped its last eight contests.

The Lakers pushed that streak to nine Monday night by handing the Bulldogs an 86-62 defeat in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at GVSU Fieldhouse.

ISOLATION: Ferris State’s Drew Lehman (left) tries to get past a Grand Valley State defender on Monday night in Allendale. (Pioneer Photo/Greg Buckner)

ISOLATION: Ferris State’s Drew Lehman (left) tries to get past a Grand Valley State defender on Monday night in Allendale. (Pioneer Photo/Greg Buckner)

GVSU (14-5, 10-5 GLIAC) opened up the game with an 8-0 run and never looked back on the way to handing the Bulldogs (6-12, 5-9 GLIAC) another loss.

“You’ve got to punch back and we weren’t able to do that,” Ferris State coach Andy Bronkema said. “It got away from us, but you’ve got to give the credit to Grand Valley State. It’s not like they’re an extremely veteran team, but it’s a veteran coaching staff and a hard-nosed group. Nothing’s surprising, but it’s still disappointing.”

After jumping out to the early 8-0 lead to start the first half, the Lakers kept the hot shooting going as they ripped off a 9-4 run to push their lead to 17-4 with 14:17 to play following a pair of free throws from Ryan Sabin.

The Bulldogs clawed back with an 8-1 run to cut the GVSU lead to 18-12 with 11:10 to go in the first following a 3-pointer by Dan Chilcote, but the Lakers controlled the rest of the half by going on a 29-14 run in the last 10 minutes to take a 47-26 advantage into the half.

Things wouldn’t get better for FSU in the second half as the Lakers came out firing with a 6-0 run to push their lead to 53-26 with 18:15 to play after a layup by Rob Woodson.

The Bulldogs got the GVSU lead down to 18 with 9:07 to play after a pair of free throws by Drew Lehman, but the Lakers wouldn’t allow the Bulldogs to get any closer and kept FSU at bay the rest of the way to secure the victory.

FSU was only outscored 39-36 in the second, but the damage in the first half was too much to overcome.

“I thought we played tougher in the second half and had some guys step up and make up their mind moving forward that they were going to play hard,” Bronkema said. “We’ve never been into moral victories, but that’s out moral victory for (Monday).”

Lehman paced the Bulldogs with 15 points and five assists while Dietrich Lever and Jared Stolicker each had 13 points apiece, with Stolicker adding six rebounds.

Ryan Sabin led the Lakers with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Most of the stats were close, but GVSU held a 34-24 advantage in scoring in the paint and was able to score 26 points off 20 FSU turnovers compared to seven points off nine GSVU turnovers for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State returns to action Thursday with a GLIAC matchup against Michigan Tech at Jim Wink Arena.

“Basketball is basketball,” Bronkema said. “We’re going to keep working and we’ll be back at it on Thursday. We’re going to need twice the character to get over the hump, but we’re just going to push through it.”

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