Postgame Highlights & Interview
Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad kept the momentum going on Wednesday (Nov. 20) night as the Bulldogs topped visiting Hillsdale 82-67 inside Jim Wink Arena to stay perfect on the year.
The Bulldogs improved to a nation-leading 8-0 with a strong second half run, outscoring the Chargers 51-34 over the final 20 minutes of play for their second-straight regional triumph. Ferris State is currently ranked 19th this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National Rankings.
FSU, which is midst a 10-game homestand, had five players reach double-figure scoring in the victory. Both junior forward Dorian Aluyi and senior center Cole Walker had 15 points each with sophomore forward Mason Pline and junior guard Walt Kelser totaling 13 points apiece. Senior guard Greg Williams added 12 points for the Bulldogs.
Ferris State trailed 33-31 at halftime, but took control in the second half and built a lead as large as 17 points with 2:54 to play. FSU outscored Hillsdale 25-11 on the break and received 32 points from the bench compared to 17 for the Chargers' reserves.
Overall, the Bulldogs shot 54.1% for the night, including 60% in the second half, and hit 10-of-26 (38.5%) three-point tries. Ferris State also made six-of-seven (85.7%) free throws.
In the win, the Bulldogs dished out 24 assists with five from sophomore forward Michael Peterson to go with four each from senior guard D'angelo Hughes, Walker and Williams. The Bulldogs also had seven steals and a blocked shot with 10 turnovers.
Meanwhile, Hillsdale shot 50% for the night, but was only four-of-16 (25%) beyond the arc and five-of-seven (71.4%) at the line. The Chargers finished with 18 assists, eight steals and a block with 11 turnovers.
Hillsdale was led by Connor Hill, who had 14 points along with Davis Larson. He finished with a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as HC fell to 2-3 overall.
The Bulldogs continue regional action on Saturday (Nov. 23) as they host Lewis (Ill.) starting at 2 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.