Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad dropped a 65-53 road decision to the Ashland Eagles in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Thursday (Jan. 30) night at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio.
The Eagles got off to a quick start and never trailed in the contest as they earned a season split versus FSU and avenged an earlier setback this year in Big Rapids.
Ferris State, which dropped to 20-4 overall, was limited to only 35.8% shooting for the evening and the Bulldogs went six-of-22 (27.3%) from three-point range. FSU did make nine-of-11 (81.8%) free throws.
Ashland forced 18 turnovers by the Bulldogs and shot 44.2% from the floor for the evening along with 14-of-20 (70%) at the line. AU went five-of-19 (26.3%) from long range.
Ferris State fell behind 33-26 at at halftime and pulled within three points in the second half before the Eagles took control down the stretch to come away with the win. The victory was AU's fourth in its last five outings.
Junior guard Walt Kelser led Ferris State with a game-high 13 points while senior guard Greg Williams added 10 points. The Bulldogs also got seven points and nine rebounds from junior forward Michael Peterson.
Meanwhile, Ashland was paced by Rodrick Caldwell and CJ Karsatos as each totaled 12 points. Brandon Haraway added 11 points with both Dylan Beaugard and Aaron Thompson contributing 10 points each. Thompson finished with a double-double as he had 10 boards as well.
The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle overall 35-31 and had 10 offensive boards in the setback as they fell to 9-3 in the GLIAC.
With the win, Ashland improved to 11-9 overall and 4-8 in conference action.
The Bulldogs will look to get back on track Saturday (Feb. 1) as they take on Wayne State starting at 3 p.m. (ET) in Detroit.