Davenport ends Ferris’ 34-game winning streak

Ferris’ DeShaun Thrower (right) gets ready to take the ball to the basket.

BIG RAPIDS — It’s been a long time since Ferris State’s men’s basketball game lost a game at Wink Arena.

Since January 2017 to be exact and after 34 straight wins at home.

Davenport (11-2, 4-2) played its first game ever at Wink Arena on Saturday and made it count with an 87-72 Great Lakes Conference Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over Ferris (11-6, 3-3).

The loss also snapped a six-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

“The game teaches you a lot of things,” Ferris coach Andy Bronkema said. “We’ve got a lot to learn. The beautiful thing is we have two more games next week and we’ll have to overcome some adversity.”

Davenport took advantage of clutch shooting and Ferris turnover problems for a 38-30 halftime lead. A pair of 3-pointers by DeShaun Thrower, followed by a Markese Mayfield basket, tied the game 22-22. But Davenport’s 7-foot-center Khadim Diang came from off the bench for six points to help the Panthers stay in charge.

The Bulldogs continued to struggle in the second half. Avery Hudson scored with 12:40 to play for a 54-48 Panther lead. Xavier Wade’s 3-pointer and Hudson’s 3-point play put Davenport in command 61-48 with 11:21 to play.

Nothing seemed to go the Bulldogs way. But Ferris went on a 7-1 run to start making a move. Robbie Bramhill’s 3-pointer with 5:40 to play made it 70-59, Davenport. It was 72-59 moments later.

Cole Walker scored inside for Ferris with 4:05 to play to make it 76-68. But Panthers continued hitting the key shots. Thrower fouled out with 2:30 to play and Davenport was leading 79-68.

Moments later, Bronkema went onto the court, angrily voicing displeasure with the officials, and was called for a double technical foul, which resulted in an ejection.

Davenport built its lead to 83-68 and put the game away.

“I’m very impressed with this Davenport team,” Bronkema said. “But we turned the ball over like crazy.”

The Panthers shot 16-of-33 from the floor in the first half and 14 of 26 in the second half. The Bulldogs, for the game, shot 25-of-59 for 42.4 percent. Both teams had 34 rebounds and committed 34 turnovers.

“It’s a great environment,” Panther coach Burt Paddock said. “Anytime you take your team on the road and play a team that won a national championship…Coach Bronkema does such a great job. How could your team and staff not be as fired up as you could possibly be. They go down beat Grand Valley on Thursday, their big rival, then they had to come back and play us. That’s a tough thing.”

D’Angelo Hughes led Ferris with 21 points while Jaylin McFadden had 16 and Walker and Thrower had 13 apiece.

Markese Mayfield had a team-high six rebounds.

Hudson had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead Davenport.

“We shared the ball incredibly well,” Paddock said. “We turned the ball over 20 times. It’s going well for us. I know what a challenge it is every time you play in this league.”

Ferris is at Michigan Tech on Thursday.



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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