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Ferris lost at nationally top-ranked Findlay. Junior guard Austin Randel is shown

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad couldn't topple the nation's number one ranked squad as the Findlay Oilers pulled out a 85-62 triumph over the Bulldogs on Saturday (Feb. 7) afternoon before a sellout crowd at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio.

The top-ranked Oilers jumped out to a 43-31 halftime edge in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) encounter with a late first-half run. Findlay shot 54% from the floor in the opening half behind a 12-point effort by preseason GLIAC Player of the Year Josh Bostic.

Ferris State sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan had 13 points in the opening frame to keep FSU within striking distance for much of the half en route to a game-high 25 points in the contest.

Freshman guard Dontae Molden was the only other Bulldog player to reach double-figure scoring in the game with 10 points as FSU shot 42% for the day compared to UF's 57% shooting figure.

Bostic finished with a team-high 22 points for Findlay, which improved to 20-0 overall and 16-0 in the GLIAC with its 68th consecutive regular-season home triumph. Marcus Parker added 17 points and Nathan Hyde contributed 13 points.

The Oilers nailed eight three-pointers and made 17-of-22 (77%) free throws while Ferris connected on five treys and was nine-of-13 (69%) at the line.

Ferris State dropped to 11-10 overall and 9-7 in league play with its second-straight league road loss.

The Bulldogs will try to get back on track as they next open a four-game league homestand by taking on the Michigan Tech Huskies Thursday, Feb. 12, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.