Late Husky Surge Keys GLIAC Road Triumph Over FSU

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Ferris State University's Justin Keenan tries to score in Thursday's loss to Michigan Tech (Photo/Zeke Jennings)

The game went to the wire, but the Ferris State University men's basketball squad came up on the short end of a 66-58 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) decision to visiting Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 12) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

The loss was the third-straight overall for the Bulldogs, who fell to 11-11 overall and 9-8 in the GLIAC standings.

With the win, the Huskies climbed into a tie with FSU for fifth place overall in the GLIAC standings with five games remaining in the regular-season. Both teams trail fourth-place Hillsdale by one game. The top four teams overall earn first-round home games for the GLIAC Postseason Tournament.

The Bulldogs took a 34-27 halftime advantage, but were outscored 39-24 over the final 20 minutes as the Huskies limited FSU to only 36% (19-53) shooting for the night. The lead changed hands in the game seven times overall.

Ferris State led by two points, 54-52, with 5:54 remaining, but the Huskies scored eight-straight points over the ensuing five minutes. Ferris sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan pulled the Bulldogs within four with one minute to go before MTU sank six free throws in the final minute to clinch the victory.

Four Michigan Tech players reached double-figures in the win. Robby Springborn netted a team-high 15 points while both Mike Hojnacki and Fedrick Bowe added 14 points along with 10 by Georgio Holt. Bowe pulled down 10 rebounds in a double-double effort.

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The Bulldogs play defense in Thursday's contest versus MTU (Photo/Sandy Gholston)

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs managed to get double-digit scoring from only two individuals. Keenan finished with a game-high 20 points and sophomore guard Darien Gay chipped in 16 points.

FSU made six-of-18 (33.3%) three-pointers and 14-of-19 (73.7%) free throws while Michigan Tech connected on seven-of-17 (41.2%) three's and 21-of-30 (70%) attempts from the stripe. The Huskies shot 43.2% (19-44) overall from the floor.

Michigan Tech also owned a 36-31 rebounding edge and received 21 points from its reserves compared to only 11 for FSU. The Huskies tallied 14 assists, four steals and a blocked shot to go with 14 turnovers. Ferris had 12 assists, 12 steals and four blocks in addition to 12 miscues.

The Bulldogs had previously beat MTU 86-80 on the road in Houghton two weeks ago (Jan. 31).

Ferris State continues its four-game league homestand by hosting Northern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 14, in a 3 p.m. (EST) Valentine's Day encounter at Wink Arena. Tickets will be available at the door.