Ferris State Raises National Championship Banner Before Rolling To Home-Opening Victory

Ferris State Raises National Championship Banner Before Rolling To Home-Opening Victory

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Big Rapids, Mich. - On a night in which they celebrated the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship with the unveiling of the title banner inside Jim Wink Arena, the Ferris State University men's basketball squad put together an impressive second half en route to a 111-72 triumph over Fanshawe (Ontario) on Saturday (Nov. 17) night.

The preseason #13 Bulldogs recognized last year's championship effort in a special pregame ceremony and tallied 60 points in the second half in breaking a six-point halftime contest wide open for a nearly 40-point victory.

Fanshawe battled the Bulldogs early before a late close to the first half gave FSU a 51-45 lead in a high-scoring opening half. The second half was a different story, though, as FSU pushed the margin from six points to 40 points in the first 10 minutes of the final half in the win.

Ferris State forced 32 turnovers in the triumph and connected on 12-of-23 (31.6%) three's while sinking 27-of-33 (81.8%) free throws.

Sophomore guard Armani Tinsley led five Bulldog players in double-figures with a team-high 23 points, which included knocking down seven-of-15 shots from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs also got 14 points apiece from forwards Markese Mayfield and Taylor Adway while junior guard D'angelo Hughes and freshman forward Mason Pline added 12 points each.

All 12 players that saw action scored in the game as FSU rolled in the second half of play. FSU also distributed the ball well with 30 assists and every Bulldog had at least one in the contest.

On the glass, Ferris State outrebounded the Falcons 43-36 and came down with 21 offensive boards, which included a game-high 11 rebounds from sophomore Jaylin McFadden. FSU also had 15 steals in the game along with five blocked shots.

The Falcons got a game-high 32 points from standout guard Chris Parker, but he was the lone Fanshawe player to reach double-figure scoring as they evened their record at 4-4 this year. The Falcons overall shot 51% from the field and were seven-of-15 (47%) from long range along with seven-of-13 (54%) at the stripe.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 5-1 overall this season and have now won their last four games in a row. They also stretched their regular-season home court winning streak to 27 consecutive games dating back two years with the win.

The Bulldogs will hit the road for a pair of regional matchups this coming week. FSU first visits Findlay on Tuesday (Nov. 20) night for a 7 p.m. (ET) tipoff at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio, before heading to face Lewis (Ill.) on Saturday (Nov. 24) starting at 4 p.m. (ET) in Romeoville, Ill.