Lake Superior men down Ferris

DRIVE: Ferris’ Drew Cushingberry (31) goes to the basket against Lake Superior. (Ferris State Athletics photo)

DRIVE: Ferris’ Drew Cushingberry (31) goes to the basket against Lake Superior. (Ferris State Athletics photo)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — A big finish down the stretch enabled visiting Lake Superior State University to notch an 87-80 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference GLIAC) victory over the Ferris State University men’s basketball squad on Saturday.

The two teams, who were matched up for the sixth time in the last year, battled to an even first half as both teams tallied 43 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. However, LSSU outscored the Bulldogs 44-37 in the final half with a big performance down the stretch.

FSU led by as many as eight points in the opening frame and held the advantage for more than 27 minutes overall. But each time the Bulldogs jumped out to a lead, the Lakers fought back and pulled close in a game that featured seven lead changes and was tied for more than five minutes.

Fouls and key calls impacted the game for both teams as the Lakers were called for 23 infractions and FSU had 22 personal fouls overall. Three LSSU players tallied four fouls or more, including leading scorer Devin Daly, who missed time in the second period and played only 24 total minutes. On the Bulldog side, four players finished with three-plus fouls for the day.

Despite missing time, Daly helped key the Lake Superior State attack with a game-high 20 points. He was joined by sophomore point guard Akaemji Williams, who also had 20 points and dished out nine assists with six rebounds and five steals.

Ferris State shot only 36.6 percent overall and went six-of-19 (31.6 percent) from three-point range, but did manage to connect on 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) free throws. Lake Superior State hit on 47.7 percent of its field goals and sank seven-of-16 (43.8 percent) in 3-pointers, along with 18-of-29 (62.1 percent) tries from the charity stripe.

FSU had a 54-38 rebounding edge.

Senior forward Josh Fleming paced the Bulldog lineup with 19 points and 11 rebounds while senior center Jared Stolicker added 12 points and 12 boards in a double-double showing of his own. Sophomore guard Drew Cushingberry tallied 14 points and junior guard Quentin Ruff added 10 points off the bench. FSU also received nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists from senior forward James Chappell.

The Lakers (17-8, 12-7) also forced 13 FSU turnovers while finishing with only eight of their own as they held a 19-12 edge in points off turnovers for the day.

FSU (19-6, 13-6) totaled 10 blocked shots with 16 assists and six steals compared to LSSU’s five blocks eight steals and 19 assists.

The Bulldogs have their home finale with Hillsdale on Thursday night.

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