Postgame Interview & Highlights
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad rolled into the holiday break in a big way on Saturday (Dec. 21) as FSU erupted for a 119-59 win over Lambton (Ontario) in non-league action at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The nation's 13th-ranked Bulldogs improved to a nation-best 14-1 overall with the 60-point triumph in their final game of the 2019 calendar year in Big Rapids.
Six Bulldog players reached double-digits in the victory with freshman forward Deng Reng scoring a team-high 21 points while adding six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game.
The Bulldogs also got 18 points from junior guard Walt Kelser, who converted five-of-eight three-point tries. Senior center Cole Walker notched 15 points with junior forward Logan Ryan notching 14 points on six-of-nine shooting in his regular-season debut for the Bulldogs. Junior Michael Peterson added 11 points off the bench while sophomore Mason Pline scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.
All 10 FSU players who saw action scored and put up impressive numbers. Junior Dorian Aluyi totaled nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds, senior guard D'angelo Hughes tallied eight points and six assists, senior guard Greg Williams notched eight points with seven rebounds and five assists while freshman guard Jeremiah Washington finished with five points in addition to a team-high seven assists and five steals.
Overall, the Bulldogs totaled 37 assists in the game and finished with 22 steals while forcing 32 turnovers by the Lions. FSU also sank 18-of-42 (42.9%) three-point tries and shot 51% overall from the floor on a 45-of-89 performance. The Bulldogs were 11-of-15 (73.3%) at the free throw stripe.
Defensively, Ferris State limited Lambton to 37.1% shooting, which included a nine-of-30 (30%) figure for the Lions from the three-point arc. The visitors were four-of-five (80%) at the line.
Ferris State outrebounded Lambton 50-35 for the game and pulled down 16 offensive boards to only six for the Lions, leading to a 18-7 margin in second chance scoring. The Bulldogs also outscored Lambton 40-6 in points off turnovers and 48-15 on the break along with 48-24 inside the paint. Finally, FSU got 48 points from its bench to only four for the Lions' reserves.
Lambton was led by Tyler Van Dyke, who finished with a game-high 23 points.
Ferris State's 119 points came up only seven points shy of the school-record of 126 points set in a game while the Bulldogs' 37 assists in the outing was only one shy of the school's all-time best single game mark.
FSU's 18 made three's in the win matched the school-record set last year in a home win against Lambton along with earlier this season against Texas Permain-Basin. It marks the third consecutive game in which the Bulldogs have totaled 16 made three-point field goals or more this year along with the fifth time in the last six outings in which FSU has had at least 13 triples in a game.
Ferris State will return from the holiday break by hosting rival Grand Valley State on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be "Basketball Dollar Night" with all youth in grades K-12 getting in for only a dollar with the donation of a canned good for the Manna Food Pantry in Big Rapids.