FSU takes white-knuckle overtime win

CHAPPELL: Ferris State junior forward James Chappell leaps for a layup against the Charger’s Stedman Lowry. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

CHAPPELL: Ferris State junior forward James Chappell leaps for a layup against the Charger’s Stedman Lowry. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

Bulldogs keep top spot in conference after 85-78 win

BIG RAPIDS -— Ferris State pulled out a 85-78 overtime thriller Thursday over the visiting Hillsdale Chargers.

Ferris let the Chargers hang around on the scoreboard, sending the game into overtime. The Bulldogs, though, were able to seal the win in the final seconds of overtime play on a game-ending alley-oop slam dunk.

Ferris State and Hillsdale traded shots throughout the first half, not letting the lead get to far for either team.

Junior forward James Chappell gave the Bulldogs a boost in the final minutes of the first,nailing the fade away jumper. The score gave Ferris State a 34-31 lead heading into halftime.

Chappell had a team-high nine points at the half.

Ferris State was able to build themselves a small lead through the first part of the second half, holding the game at 51-45 at the midway point. The scoring for the Bulldogs came on the heals of a six point second half stint for Chappell. 

The Chargers were able to tie the game up on a 4-point play by red-shirt freshman guard Stedman Lowry. Lowry was fouled by Lehman coming down from a corner 3-pointer, sinking the free-throw and tying the game at 65 a piece to end the second half.

The five minute overtime period started with both team trading shots and trading the lead up until the final 30n seconds as the game sat at 81-75 in Ferris State’s favor.

The Bulldogs put the game out of reach perminately on an alley-oop pass from Lehan that was slammed home by Stolicker. The score put the Chargers away, taking the 83-75 win. 

Great win, we played tough defese and it was a great North win for us,” Stolicker said. “The North is really tight, we just gotta keep up there.”

Ferris State moves to 16-3 and still holds the top spot in their conference with a 12-1 conference record.

That’s exactly not how we drew it up, it was a crazy game,” Ferris State coach Andy Bronkema said. “We need to close out those games, and it’s just about the heart of our guys, but any win is a good win in the GLIAC.”

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