FSU looking for a rebound

Bulldog men’s basketball takes on MTU after dropping its last three games

HOUGHTON — After ripping off a six-game winning streak and racing out to a 5-0 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play, the Ferris State men’s basketball team has dropped its last three games, all in conference play.

In the middle of a four-game road swing, the Bulldogs (6-6, 5-3 GLIAC) will face off against Michigan Tech tonight after dropping the first two games of their current road trip against Malone and Walsh.

As Ferris State tries to break out of its slump tonight, Bulldogs coach Andy Bronkema said his team needs to get back to showing the toughness and team-oriented approach that worked so well for the Bulldogs during their recent winning streak.

“We have to try and win with toughness and grit,” he said. “We can’t be selfish with the basketball. When everyone plays with a selfless attitude and we play with some toughness, that’s how we win games.”

The Bulldogs will have a tough time on their hands with a Michigan Tech (9-5, 5-3 GLIAC) team that comes into tonight’s matchup having won five of its last six games and currently sits in a three-way tie for third in the GLIAC with the Bulldogs and Northwood.

The Huskies have one of the most explosive offensive threats in theGLIAC in senior guard Austin Armga, who ranks first in the GLIAC in scoring (25.5 ppg) and ninth in field goal percentage (55.7 percent). Junior guard Ben Stelzer ranks ninth in the league in scoring (18.9 ppg) while senior guard Alex Culey is fifth in the GLIAC in 3-point percentage (48.8 percent and freshman forward Jason Hawke ranks 10th in that category (45.7 percent).

While the Huskies have some top-ranked players statistically in the GLIAC, Ferris State sophomore center Jared Stolicker is one of the more efficient offensive threats in the league as he ranks fourth in the GLIAC in field goal percentage (61.5 percent) and eighth in the league in rebounding (6.8 rebounds per game).

“(Michigan Tech) has a very explosive team,” Bronkema said. “They’re a guard-oriented team and they have some amazing players who can score a lot of points.”

In his first year as the head coach at Ferris State after serving as an assistant for the last six years under former head coach Bill Sall, Bronkema said the Student Development Complex Gymnasium at MTU hasn’t been a kind place to the Bulldogs during his time with the program.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve only had one win at their place against Tech,” he said. “It’s a tough place to place and we’re going to have a tough test our hands.”

Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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