Ferris men sneak past Saginaw Valley

BIG RAPIDS — It’s not going to be easy in most Great Lakes Conference men’s basketball games this season for Ferris State.

The Bulldogs won 74-69 over Saginaw Valley on Saturday at Wink Arena, but it was a very challenging game down to the wire.

The Bulldogs improved to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the GLIAC over the Cardinals (2-7, 0-4) who got off to a 6-0 lead and didn’t play like a team five games below .500

Jaylin McFadden scored 22 points and had nine rebounds while Markese Mayfield scored 14 points and had 13 boards, and D’Angelo Hughes added 13 points and thee assists.

The Bulldogs led 33-31 at halftime and outscored the Cards 41-38 in the second half.

“It was tough,” McFadden, who was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line said. “Saginaw, we had to match their energy. It was a tough game but a big win for us. We have a lot of potential and everyone is coming together. The first time seeing all these teams will be tough.”

McFadden hit two free throws with 31 seconds to play for a 70-66 lead. It was 72-69 late in the game when McFadden grabbed a defensive rebound and hit two free throws at the other end to seal the win.

“I thought Jaylin played great,” Ferris coach Andy Bronkema said. “I’m not excited about not coming up with loose balls and turning it over, you can’t have it.”

Ferris shot 23-of-53 from the floor while Saginaw Valley was 23-of-57. The Bulldogs were 20-of-22 from the stripe.

“I did like our defensive effort in holding them down shooting percentage wise,” Bronkema said. “But there were too many turnovers (by Ferris) and offensive rebounds (by SVSU).”

Ferris is home on Dec. 17 against Olivet.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

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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