Ferris Upsets One Of League's Hottest Teams On The Road

Dontae Molden
Ferris freshman guard Dontae Molden finished with 11 points in the win over LSSU. He is shown here against Calvin earlier this year (Photo/Sandy Gholston)

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad put together one of its best performances of the season in a 86-59 triumph over one of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) hottest teams in Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 8) evening at LSSU's Bud Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The visiting Bulldogs sank 59.3% (35-59) of their field goal attempts and hit nine-of-15 (60%) three-pointers in snapping the Lakers' five-game winning streak. FSU jumped out to an early 15-3 edge only four minutes into the contest and never trailed in the game.

Ferris led 48-30 at halftime after shooting 63% in the opening stanza and then limited the Lakers to only 31% shooting in the final 20 minutes in improving to 5-6 overall and 3-3 in GLIAC action. LSSU dropped to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

Sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan tallied a game-high 25 points for FSU in the win while junior guard Josh Young added 14 points, freshman guard Dontae Molden netted 11 points and sophomore guard Darien Gay contributed 10 points. All 11 Bulldog players in uniform saw action in the victory.

Meanwhile, the Lakers had only a single player reach double-figure scoring as Tim VanOudheusden totaled 14 points. Lake Superior State shot 34.7% (17-49) from the floor for the game and was only five-of-16 (31.3%) behind the three-point line.

FSU posted a 40-23 rebounding edge and came up with 11 offensive boards. The Bulldogs also finished with 18 assists as Molden had six and Gay added five. FSU totaled four steals and three blocked shots while the Lakers recorded 11 assists, six steals and two blocks.

The victory was Ferris' second consecutive triumph this season and stopped a two-game skid in conference action. Ferris led by 20 or more points the final 12 minutes of the game and jumped the lead to as much as 30 points in the contest.

The Bulldogs continue their two-game league road swing by visiting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 10) for a 3 p.m. (EST) game in University Center, Mich. FSU then returns home to begin a five-game homestand against rival Grand Valley State in a "Big Monday" matchup next Monday evening (Jan. 12) with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) at Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.