Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad battled stars from the past as FSU hosted its annual Alumni Game on Sunday (Oct. 22) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The alumni battled the preseason #9 Bulldogs well in the opening half before FSU raced to a 107-76 victory in the game. It came only a day after FSU opened the preseason with an exhibition win over Aquinas on Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs had an opportunity to utilize 14 different players in the game and four reached double-figures in the alumni game triumph.
Senior guard Drew Cushingberry paced the FSU attack with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting while also knocking down two three's and dishing out five assists in 16 minutes of work.
Ferris State also got 13 points from sophomore guard D'angelo Hughes to go with 12 by newcomer TyQuone Greer and 10 from DeShaun Thrower. A total of 13 of the 14 Bulldogs scored in the victory with eight notching at least eight points overall.
The Alumni team was led by former FSU forward Matt Stoll, who had a game-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Former standout Lou Williams added 10 points and a contest-high 10 rebounds with guard Jibreel Jackson chipping in nine points and former pro Jerrell Sanders conributing eight points.
Overall, the current Bulldogs shot 46.5% from the floor and hit 13-of-35 (37.1%) three's along with 14-of-18 (77.8%) free throws. Meanwhile, the alumni finished shooting at a 42% clip and went four-of-16 (25%) from long range along with 14-of-28 (50%) from the stripe.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the past stars 53-43 for the game and pulled down 21 offensive caroms while turning the ball over only nine times. The alums finished with 13 turnovers and each team garnered seven steals with the Bulldogs blocking four shots and the alumni three.
The Bulldogs built a 60-49 halftime lead before outscoring the alumni 47-27 over the final 20 minutes of action.
Ferris State continues its preseason slate on Thursday (Oct. 26) as FSU travels to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans inside the Breslin Center at 7 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs are then back at home on Saturday (Oct. 28) against Grand Rapids Community College beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) in Wink Arena to wrap up the preseason slate.