Bulldog men, women defeat Tiffin in GLIAC action

Ferris State’s Cole Walker tries to steal the ball.

BIG RAPIDS — When a team is undefeated and ranked No. 5 in the country’s NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll, it’s likely to get its opponents’ A game.

That’s what happened to Ferris State on Thursday. The Bulldogs (9-0) battled a gritty Tiffin team but opened the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season with a 99-83 win over the Dragons (2-4).

Ferris led 38-33 at halftime but outscored the Dragons  61-50 in the second half.

“I thought Tiffin was well coached and they had a good game plan,” Ferris coach Andy Bronkema said. “I thought our depth wore on them a little bit. We made some shots in the second half that extended the lead.

“They have talented players in side and have good shooters. We had to cover them a little better than we did. We’ll get that solved. It was a lesson on remembering how the GLIAC is.”

The Bulldogs shot 43.2 percent from the floor in the first half but 69.7 percent in the second. Tiffin was 57.6 percent in shooting in the second half.

Noah King had 20 points for Ferris while Cushingberry had 18 points and Peter Firlik 16 points. Markese Mayfield added 10 points and six rebounds.

“We didn’t play good defense in the second half, but got away with that,” Bronkema said. “We’ll have to take a look at that and fix it quick.”

Ferris is home 5 p.m. on Saturday against Ashland.

“We need to work on team defense and getting more communication out there,” Cushingberry said.  “You can always improve in areas. We’re just having fun there.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Ferris State 82, Tiffin 62

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris women opened the season with an 82-62 win over Tiffin at Wink Arena on Thursday.

Ferris trailed 37-32 at halftime but outscored the Dragons 25-15 in the third quarter and 25-10 in the fourth.

Kelsey Wyman came off the bench and scored 19 points for with six rebounds. Rachel McInerney had 15 points for FSU.

VOLLEYBALL

Ferris 3, McKendree 1

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Ferris defeated McKendree in the NCAA Midwest regional quarterfinals on Thursday and will play in the semifinals on Friday.

 

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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