Ferris Storms Back But Comes Up Short In League Road Loss

Darien Gay
Ferris State University's Darien Gay, shown here against Calvin, tallied a team-high 18 points in Saturday's loss at Saginaw Valley State (Photo/Sandy Gholston)

The Ferris State University men's basketball team rallied back, but came up short in a 93-84 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) setback to Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 10) afternoon at O'Neill Arena in University Center, Mich.

The Cardinals led much of the opening half and jumped out to a 39-29 halftime lead. SVSU jumped the lead up to as many as 21 points in the second half before the Bulldogs rallied late in the second half.

FSU trimmed SVSU's 21-point lead down to only two points at 84-82 with 1:48 to play, but the Cardinals closed the game on 9-2 run from the free throw line to seal the victory.

The Bulldogs shot only 39% (24-61) from the floor for the game while the Cardinals converted 26-of-46 (57%) field goal tries and sank 33-of-46 (72%) free throws. SVSU was eight-of-16 (50%) beyond the arc while the Bulldogs were eight-of-27 (30%) at three-point range and 28-of-42 (67%) at the stripe.

FSU was paced by sophomore guard Darien Gay, who tallied a team-high 18 points on the strength of four three-point baskets late in the game. Junior guard Josh Young added 16 points, sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan netted 14 points and sophomore guard Matt DeHart finished with 10 points.

The Cardinals were led by Dante Williams' game-best 27 points. Avery Stephenson added 20 points, Adam Gries chipped in 17 points and Greg Foster totaled 10 points.

With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in GLIAC action. Saginaw Valley State improved to 2-10 overall and 2-6 in the GLIAC standings.

The Bulldogs return home to host archrival Grand Valley State in a "Big Monday" matchup this Monday evening (Jan. 12) starting at 8 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The outing opens a five-game homestand for the Bulldogs.