Ferris State beats Purdue Northwest 99-77 in GLIAC tilt

Ferris State’s Jaylin McFadden (23) is set to drive to the basket against Purdue Northwest’s Durante Lee (12). (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Thursday’s home game with Purdue Northwest was the first of three straight at Wink Arena, and all are critical for the Bulldogs in their quest challenge for first place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s North Division.

The Bulldogs (13-7, 5-4), who enjoyed a 99-77 win over the Pride (6-11, 2-6), entered the night one game behind co-divisional leaders Lake Superior and Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Bulldogs had six players in double figures with DeShaun Thrower (18), Jaylin McFadden (15), Markese Mayfield (13), Greg Williams (13), Cole Walker (12) and Armani Tinsley (11).

Ferris led 49-37 at halftime.

“We did a lot of good things which we set out to do,” Ferris coach Andy Bronkema said. “For the fans, I don’t know if it was a good game to watch. It was back and forth, but a little sloppy too.”

The Bulldogs enjoyed an early start with a 22-18 lead. Consecutive slam dunks by Cole Walker and Thrower gave Ferris a 26-11 lead midway in the first half.

The Pride made sure it wasn’t getting out of hand.

Gregory Bye scored off a steal to cut the lead to 28-18, a play against careless FSU ball handling which didn’t make Bronkema very happy.

Tinsley’s 3-pointer made it a 39-35 Bulldog lead with 3:10 left in the half.

Thrower’s triple made it 45-30 with two minutes left in the half.

It was 49-37 at halftime. Thrower had 11 points and four assists for Ferris, which had 11 defensive steals in the first 20 minutes.

McFadden’s baseliner gave Ferris a 55-38 lead early in the second half. Williams scored off a steal for a layup and 57-39 lead moments later. Tinsley’s triple at 15:39 made it 65-50.

Thrower’s 3-point play made it 71-55 with 12 minutes to go.

Thrower had a nifty dribble pass to the baseline for Tinsley to sink a layup for a 77-58 lead midway through the half. Williams netted a 3-pointer at 7:40 for an 84-65 lead. Williams hit another triple at 5:10 for a 93-67 lead. McFadden’s triple at 4:20 made it 98-67.

Ferris had a 53-44 rebounding edge.

“I’m happy the way we rebounded the ball,” Bronkema said. “Our free throw percentage (19-of-22) was a little better.”

Taylor Adway had seven boards while Mayfield, Thrower and Walker had six apiece.

“The game was a little rough I guess,” Walker said. “But we got the job done. We got it done in defense, which is what we want to do.”

The Bulldogs had 30 assists while committing 23 turnovers.

“With 23 turnovers and the way our future (starters) finished the game,” Bronkema said, “I’m not happy with a lot of things.”

Dean Tate had 15 points for the Pride.

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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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