Ferris junior Josh Young tries to stop the ball in Saturday's game at Wayne State (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
The Ferris State University men's basketball squad got the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) leading scorer back on the floor in Saturday's (Feb. 28) regular-season finale, but came up on the short end of a 88-80 decision to Wayne State at Detroit, Mich.
With the loss, the Bulldog men will be the number five seed for the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament on Tuesday, March 3. FSU will travel to fourth-seeded rival Grand Valley State for the quarterfinal contest at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena with the game time set for 8 p.m. (EST) following the Laker women's game versus Ashland.
The Warriors played their way into the league tournament by jumping out to a three-point halftime lead and outscoring FSU 46-41 over the final 20 minutes.
The Bulldogs received 18 points from junior guard Josh Young and sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan added 16 points in his first game back after missing the last two contests due to injury. Junior guard Austin Randel chipped in with 12 points and freshman guard Dontae Molden tallied 10 points in his return to his hometown.
However, Wayne State had five players score in double-figures. Shane Lawal totaled a contest-high 20 points, Reggie Stallings added 19 points, Jerry Oden scored 12 points while both Bryan Wright and Ricky Rowse contributed 11 points apiece.
The Warriors shot 47% from the floor and forced 16 Bulldog turnovers in the win. They also hit 23-of-34 (68%) free throws and knocked down nine-of-17 (53%) three-pointers in improving to 12-14 overall and 10-12 in GLIAC play.
The Bulldogs outrebounded WSU 39-36 for the contest, but were only six-of-20 (30%) beyond the arc and made 18-of-21 (86%) free throws.
Wayne State also came away with 12 steals and blocked three shots.
The loss was the seventh-straight for FSU at the Matthaei Complex where the Bulldogs have not won since the 1994-95 season.
FSU closed the regular-season with a 14-13 overall mark and was 12-10 in league action.
The top four seeds in the GLIAC Tournament will host quarterfinal-round games on Tuesday with the highest remaining seed selected to host the semifinals/finals on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7.