Ferris extends streak

LEVER: Ferris State senior point guard Dietrich Lever dribbles the ball. Ferris State faces Norther Michigan on Saturday. (Pioneer file photo)

LEVER: Ferris State senior point guard Dietrich Lever dribbles the ball. Ferris State faces Norther Michigan on Saturday. (Pioneer file photo)

Bulldog men’s basketball wins 13 straight

HOUGHTON — The No. 19 Ferris State men’s basketball squad made several big plays down the stretch at crunch time to come away with its 13th-straight victory as the Bulldogs posted a 63-51 road win over Michigan Tech on Thursday.

FSU recorded its first-win over the Huskies in the Upper Peninsula in five years to remain unbeaten in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action as the Bulldogs moved to 13-2 overall and a perfect 9-0 in GLIAC play.

Senior guard Drew Lehman hit a pair of three-pointers from the corner in the closing minutes to lift FSU to the win and he finished with a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs.

Lehman was joined in double-digits by junior center Jared Stolicker, who netted 16 points on seven-of-12 shooting. Junior forward Josh Fleming also scored in double-figures with 10 points for Ferris State.

Ferris State forced 13 Michigan Tech turnovers and made 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) free throws en route to the win. MTU held a 27-26 lead at halftime, but FSU outscored the Huskies 37-24 in the final frame as MTU dropped to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in league action with the setback in the first of two regular-season match ups between the two longtime conference foes.

Stolicker paced FSU on the glass with seven rebounds as Ferris State held a 32-31 edge for the game.

Defensively, Ferris State registered 10 steals and had four blocked shots for the night.

Overall, the back-and-forth game was tied eight times and featured 11 lead changes.

Ferris State will look to remain unbeaten in conference play and post its 14th-straight win as FSU ventures to Marquette to face Northern Michigan on Saturday.

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