2005-06 Ferris State Men's Basketball Quick Facts

2005-06 Ferris State Men's Basketball Quick Facts

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Name of school: Ferris State University
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 12,547
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and gold
Arena: Jim Wink Arena
Capacity: 2,400
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Yr.: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Associate Athletics Director for Advancement: Brian Kegler
Events, Facilities & Marketing Manager: Mike Haggerty
Senior Women’s Administrator: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Representative: Dr. Terry Nerbonne
Athletic Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletic Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

First Year of Men’s Basketball: 1925-26
Overall All-Time record: 916-843 (.521)
Conference All-Time Record: 303-218 (.582)
No. years in NCAA Tourney/Last: 7/2004-05
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 7-8 (.467)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Findlay (Ohio)
Result: Lost 73-94
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 7/2004-05
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Wayne State
Result: Lost 63-68

Athletics Communications Director: Joe Gorby
    Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Asst. Athletics Communications Director/Basketball Contact: Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Basketball Press Row Phone: (231) 591-3572
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, SPC 001, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Sandy Gholston
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: sgholston@pioneergroup.net

Head Coach: Bill Sall
Alma Mater/Year: Calvin/1994
Year Entering at School: Fourth
Record at Ferris State: 54-44 (.551) *Served As Interim Head Coach (1995-96)
Career Record (yrs.): Same
Record vs. the GLIAC: 36-23 (.610)
Basketball Office Phone: (231) 591-2877
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Assistant Coach: Cory Anderson
Volunteer Assistant Coaches: Bill Killian, Jim Lake, Dave Schlump
Volunteer Student Coach: Donald Potts
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer (Basketball): Michael Blackburn, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 591-2872
Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

2004-05 Overall Record: 24-7
Conference Record/Finish: 13-5/1st - North Division
2004-05 Non-Conference Record: 11-2
2004-05 Record at Home/Conference: 15-1/8-1
2004-05 Record Away/Conference: 7-5/5-4
2004-05 Record on Neutral Courts: 2-1
Final Ranking last year (poll): 23rd (regular season)
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 6/7

All-Star Candidates:
Dennis Springs, Antwuan Holt

Starters Lost:
Carlton Epps (G/6-2)
Corey Epps (G/6-2)

Starters Returning:
Michael Daniels (F/6-6/Jr.)
Dennis Springs (G/5-6/Sr.)
Terrance Shaw (F/6-5/Jr.)

Key Losses:
Carlton Epps (G/6-2) - 19.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 spg, first-team All-GLIAC & All-Great Lakes Region
Corey Epps (G/6-2) - 10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 spg
Willie Burrel (F/6-6) - 11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Tyler Wolfe (G/6-3) - 2.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg

2005-06 Returnees
Michael Daniels** (6-6, Jr., F): 5.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Antwuan Holt* (6-3, Sr., G): 7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Jeffery Shanahan*** (6-6, Sr., F): 5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Terrance Shaw** (6-5, Jr., F): 8.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Dennis Springs*** (5-6, Sr., G): 12.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
C.J. Van Wieren*# (6-4, So., G-F): 2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg

* - Denotes letters won
# - Missed last season due to injury (stats from 2003-04)

2005-06 Key Newcomers:
2004-05 Statistics (Unless Noted)
Jessie York (G, 6-1): Muskegon Heights, Mich. - 18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg (2003-04)
Julius Vines (G, 6-3): Muskegon Heights, Mich. (Muskegon CC) - 19.4 ppg, 78 assists (2003-04)
Anthony Sydnor (G, 6-0): Muskegon Heights, Mich. - 14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg


** Ferris State capped off a banner 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached the regional championship game for only the third time in school history last season. The Bulldogs, who also won their second-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship with a 13-5 league mark last campaign, concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record and fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories represented the third-most seasonal wins in school history.

** Fourth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall, who served for four seasons (1998-2002) as the assistant men’s basketball coach at GLIAC-member Hillsdale (Mich.) College, previously was the top assistant coach at Ferris State for three seasons (1995-98) and spent part of the 1995-96 campaign as the Bulldogs’ interim head coach. In his brief tenure, Ferris recorded a 5-8 start under Sall before finishing the year with a 6-20 overall record.

** Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 11 GLIAC titles, seven NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90. FSU has won more GLIAC Championships (11) than any other league member.

** Senior guard Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) was a second-team GLIAC North Division honoree last season. He also attained NCAA-II Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team kudos along with GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team honors. Springs currently ranks as the school’s all-time leader in career assists with 535 assists to date. He previously was both a second-team All-GLIAC North Division and GLIAC All-Defensive Team honoree during the 2003-04 campaign. Springs also set a school single-season record with 213 assists last year.

** Senior guard Antwuan Holt (Okemos) was the recipient of FSU’s Most Improved Player Award last season. Holt, who registered 220 points and dished out 87 assists in 30 appearances last campaign spent his initial two seasons of collegiate eligibility at GLIAC member Northern Michigan. The 6-3 Holt posted nine double-figure scoring outings last year, including each of the squad's final four games.

** Ferris compiled a school-best 15-1 overall home record at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids last season. The Bulldogs, who were ranked 23rd in the final (March 8) National Association of Basketball Coaches/Division II Bulletin Regular-Season National Poll, also advanced to the GLIAC Tournament for the second year in a row. The 2004-05 season marked Ferris State's first appearance in the national rankings since the 1988-89 campaign. Ferris also notched its 900th all-time win last season with a 110-104 overtime triumph over Indianapolis (Dec. 21) in the first-ever Lions Club Holiday Classic at Wink Arena.

** The Bulldogs had posted only a 21-82 (.204) mark in the four seasons prior to Bill Sall's arrival, but has since went 49-36 (.576) and claimed back-to-back divisional titles in his three seasons at the helm. FSU won only four games (4-22) the year before Sall arrived in 2001-02.