Ferris' Austin Randel chases down GVSU's Justin Ringler in the GLIAC Tourney contest (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
Fourth-seeded Grand Valley State took advantage of the homecourt edge and poor shooting from Ferris State to top the Bulldogs 67-49 in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Tuesday (March 3) evening at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich.
The Bulldogs and Lakers were tied at 23 points apiece at halftime, but GVSU used a strong second-half showing to outscore FSU 44-26 over the final 20 minutes.
FSU concludes the season with a 14-14 overall record as the Lakers notched their 20th win of the year to improve to 20-8 overall and advance to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals on Friday (March 6) night.
The Bulldogs were paced by sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan, who had a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds while playing 30 minutes in the contest.
GVSU was led by Pete Trammell with 21 points and eight rebounds while Justin Ringler tallied 12 points and five boards.
Ferris shot only 23% (12-52) for the game and had 12 turnovers in the setback. GVSU shot 43% (18-42) in the contest after connecting on 55% of its second-half tries.
Ferris State connected on only two-of-16 (12.5%) three-point tries, but was 23-of-33 (69.7%) at the free throw line.
Meanwhile, GVSU hit five-of-12 (41.7%) three-pointers and 26-of-38 (68.4%) free throws. The win was GVSU's second over the Bulldogs this year after the rivals split their two-regular season meetings with each winnning on its home floor.
The Bulldogs owned a 40-37 rebounding edge. However, the Lakers' reserves outscored the Bulldogs' bench by a 23-9 count for the contest. Ferris had 12 turnovers and GVSU totaled 13 miscues in the game.
FSU was whistled for 26 fouls in the contest as two Bulldog players fouled out of the game.
FSU also dropped to 0-4 all-time in GLIAC Tournament play against the Lakers. Ferris was making its 10th tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years after missing the event a year ago.
FSU loses two seniors from this year's squad in forwards Jason Holder and Mark Gildersleeve, but will return the bulk of its roster for the 2009-10 campaign.
This year represented the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under seventh-year head coach Bill Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.