Ferris State Tops The Century Mark To Stay Perfect In The GLIAC With Big Monday Win
Postgame Interview & Highlights
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad remained perfect in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as the Bulldogs rolled past visiting Wayne State 104-73 on Monday (Jan. 10) night inside Jim Wink Arena.
The Bulldogs won the rescheduled matchup by building a 51-36 halftime lead before outscoring WSU 53-37 over the final 20 minutes to move to 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the GLIAC.
Six Bulldog players reached double-figure scoring in the balanced effort as FSU shot 56.7% from the floor and went 15-of-29 (51.7%) from long range.
Ferris State was led by senior guard Walt Kelser and senior forward Dorian Aluyi as each finished with 15 points. Senior big man Logan Ryan totaled 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds with graduate senior Lee Higgins notching 14 points.
Off the bench, FSU also got 12 points from sophomore Vejas Grazulis, who went five-of-seven from the floor, in addition to 11 points and four assists from Mykel Bingham. Freshman Ethan Erickson narrowly missed double-digits with nine points on three-of-six shooting from the outside while redshirt sophomore Ben Davidson tallied seven points.,
The Bulldogs outscored Wayne State 14-8 on the offensive glass and owned a slim 36-33 rebounding edge. Additionally, FSU had only nine turnovers compared to 14 for the Warriors, leading to a 20-10 margin in points off turnovers.
Wayne State shot 45.5% from the floor, but finished only four-of-17 (23.5%) from the three-point arc in dropping to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the GLIAC. WSU finished nine-of-13 (69.2%) at the line compared to FSU's 13-of-18 (72.2%) figure.
The Bulldogs also compiled 28 assists including six from Erickson and the four by Bingham. Four others netted three assists and FSU totaled nine steals to go with seven blocked shots.
The Warriors were led by Brailen Neely's game-high 24 points and seven assists. Darian Owens-White added 13 points and Kylin Grant scored 10 off the bench.
The Bulldogs will square off against a pair of West Michigan rivals on the road this week as FSU visits Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 13) evening for an 8 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Allendale before heading to Caledonia on Saturday (Jan. 15) to face Davenport beginning at 3 p.m. (ET).