Ferris men clinch share of division title

MIDLAND — The Ferris State men’s basketball squad clinched at share of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division championship on Saturday as the Bulldogs beat Northwood 107-71.

The Bulldogs bounced back after a narrow home loss to Lake Superior State on Thursday with a dominating road win to improve to 21-4 overall and 15-3 in the GLIAC. FSU now owns a three-game lead over second-place Michigan Tech in the division with only three games remaining in the regular season.

Ferris State jumped to an early 12-2 lead before Northwood rallied and eventually grabbed a five-point advantage midway through the opening half. FSU closed the first half by outscoring Northwood by 21 points over the final 10 minutes to take a 55-39 lead at intermission.

FSU then started the second half quickly and increased the advantage to 30-plus points while cruising to the triumph. The Bulldogs completed the season sweep over Northwood with the road win.

Sophomore center Zach Hankins paced four FSU players in double-figure scoring with a game-high 22 points. He added nine rebounds in 26 minutes of work.

The Bulldogs also received 17 points apiece from junior guard Peter Firlik and point guard Drew Cushingberry, who also finished with eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. Senior guard Quentin Ruff chipped in 14 points in the win.

Overall, all 11 Bulldog players in uniform played at least eight minutes in the game and all scored in the triumph.

Ferris State shot 54.1 percent from the floor and made 23-of-27 (85.2 percent) free throws while sinking four three’s on 17 attempts (23.5 percent).

Defensively, FSU limited Northwood to only 36.6 percent shooting with the Timberwolves going 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from downtown and 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) at the line.

Northwood 75,
FSU 70 (women)

MIDLAND — The Ferris State University women’s basketball squad lost to Northwood at Riepma Arena in Midland.

Overall, Northwood shot 25-of-32 (78 percent) at the line while FSU went 12-of-16 (75 percent) in the road setback. The Timberwolves also hit on 10-of-23 (44 percent) in threes and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 42-29 in the win.

Redshirt freshman guard Riley Blair paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points, including 17 in the second half. The Bulldogs also received 17 points from junior center Rachel McInerney along with 16 from junior guard Leah Humes.

Meanwhile, Northwood also had three reach double-figure scoring with both Jordyn Nurenberg and Lindsay Orwat totaling 15 points each. Taylor Craymer added 11 points off the bench.

Ferris will host Michigan Tech on Thursday.

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