Ferris' Josh Young handles the ball against Findlay's Morgan Lewis on Sunday (Photo Courtesy Zeke Jennings/Big Rapids Pioneer)
Nationally number one-ranked Findlay proved to be too much for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad on Sunday (Dec. 14) afternoon as the Oilers picked up an 83-60 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) triumph over the host Bulldogs inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.
The nation's top-ranked team jumped out to a 20-point lead only 10 minutes into the contest as both teams were playing their second league game in as many days. The Bulldogs managed to trim the deficit to 42-29 at halftime, but could get no closer than 11 points in the final half.
Ferris cut the Findlay lead down to 64-53 with 9:10 left in the game. However, Findlay then answered with a 12-3 run to put the game away.
The Oilers shot a blistering 59.6% (28-47) from the floor, including 68% in the final half. UF also took advantage of 27 fouls called against the Bulldogs, which resulted in Findlay's 19-of-27 (70.4%) showing from the free throw stripe.
Ferris made 24-of-55 (43.6%) field goal tries and hit six-of-14 (42.9%) three-point attempts in addition to six-of-10 (60%) free throws. Meanwhile, the Oilers connnected on eight-of-16 (50%) three-pointers and owned a 33-25 rebounding edge. Ferris forced 19 Oiler turnovers, but also had 18 miscues of its own.
The Oilers featured a balanced lineup as five players reached double-figure scoring. Josh Bostic tallied a game-high 18 points, Morgan Lewis chipped in 15 points while Lee Roberts, Nathan Hyde and Tyler Evans all posted 11 points apiece. Roberts pulled down 10 boards in a double-double effort and Marcus Parker dished out eight assists.
Ferris had a single player reach double-digits as sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan finished with 16 points on a six-of-nine performance from the field and a four-of-five effort at the line. Junior guard Josh Young and freshman guard Dontae Molden both had nine points apiece while junior guard Austin Randel recorded eight points. Young also had seven assists and five rebounds for FSU.
The unbeaten Oilers improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the GLIAC with the win while Ferris dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in conference action.
The Bulldogs will have an 18-day layoff over the holidays as Ferris' next action won't be until Saturday, Jan. 3, when the Bulldogs host Grace Bible College in a 3 p.m. (EST) non-league contest at Wink Arena. The game opens a stretch in which the Bulldogs will play seven games over a 14-day period, including five at home.