Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team got back on track Thursday (Jan. 9) night as the Bulldogs pulled away from the Northwood Timberwolves for a 87-68 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road victory at Riepma Arena in Midland.
Ferris State recorded its 16th victory of the year and bounced back from only its second loss of the season last week by topping NU on the second leg of its five-game GLIAC road swing.
The Bulldogs built an 11-point first half lead before Northwood cut the margin to 43-30 at the break. In the second half, however, FSU outscored Northwood 44-28 for the win.
The two teams combined for 44 fouls and 52 free throws with the bulk coming in a lenghty second half controlled on the floor by Ferris State.
FSU shot 55.4% from the floor and went seven-of-17 (41.2%) from long range in addition to sinking 18-of-24 (75%) free throws.
The Bulldogs held Northwood to only 39.6% shooting and the Timberwolves were only five-of-17 (29.4%) from the three-point arc, but did manage to make 21-of-28 (75%) free throws.
Junior forward Dorian Aluyi led the Bulldogs with 19 points while junior guard Walt Kelser totaled 15 points and senior guard D'angelo Hughes netted 12 points. Junior Michael Peterson added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in a double-double performance.
Ferris State outrebounded Northwood 41-24 for the night and produced 12 offensive rebounds, which helped overcome 23 turnovers in the game.
Ja'Kavien Lewis led Northwood with 28 points and David Jelinek scored 10 points as NU fell to 7-7 on the year.
With the win, the Bulldogs are now 16-2 overall and tied for first in the GLIAC with a 5-1 league record.
Ferris State will continue its five-game GLIAC road swing on Saturday (Jan. 11) as FSU visits Saginaw Valley State for a 3 p.m. (ET) league showdown in University Center, Mich. The Cardinals also are tied atop the league standings with a single conference loss.