Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally fifth-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad had one of its biggest tests of the season to date as the Bulldogs stayed perfect on the year by pulling out a thrilling 69-68 triumph over former conference rival Findlay on Saturday (Nov. 25) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The Bulldogs got the go-ahead basket on a layup from senior forward Noah King with 1.1 seconds to play while improving to 8-0 on the year. The win came against an 18th-ranked Findlay squad that eliminated FSU from the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Ferris State shot 50% from the floor and limited the Oilers to only 36.4% shooting en route to the win. The Bulldogs also made seven-of-20 (35%) three's and hit four-of-seven (57.1%) free throws.
On the flip side, the Oilers converted 11-of-31 (35.5%) three's and made nine-of-12 (75%) free throws in the setback.
On the glass, King pulled down nine rebounds for Ferris State as did Hankins for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Cole Walker added seven boards in the win.
Standout guard Martyce Kimbrough led Findlay with a game-high 21 points while Taren Sullivan added 15 points. Elijah Kahlig recorded 12 points with Alex White scoring 10 points overall.
The Bulldogs slightly outrebounded the Oilers 41-35 for the game, but FSU also had 15 turnovers compared to only six for the Oilers. Findlay produced nine steals and came up with a blocked shot while the Bulldogs had six blocks and three steals.
Offensively, FSU also came up with 20 assists as compared to Findlay's 15 in the game.
After an early Findlay start, the Bulldogs rallied and took a four-point halftime lead at 35-31. Findlay outscored FSU 37-34 over the final 20 minutes, however Ferris State got the eventual game-winner from King late to pull out the win.
The Bulldogs will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at home on Thursday, Nov. 30, against the Tiffin Dragons inside Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).