Ferris State’s woes continued after the men’s basketball team loses its seventh consecutive game to Lake Superior State University.
So far in the 2013-14 season, each one of the Bulldog’s (6-10) wins this year came during a six-game winning streak early on. Since their last win on Jan. 2nd against Findlay, Ferris has struggled to come away with a “W” and their matchup against the Lakers (17-3) was no different.
Early on in the first, both teams were able to put points on the board as they battled shot for shot in a tightly contested 15 minutes. Lake Superiors Cameron Metz, though, was left to run amuck as he tallied 16 points and eight rebounds in the first half alone.
Despite Ferris’ struggle to move the ball and battle on the boards (the Lakers outrebounding the Bulldogs 25 to 15), they were still able to answer every shot with one of their own and headed into the locker room trailing 33-31.
Following halftime, LSSU jumped out to an early second half lead as they effectively drove the lane and capitalized on free-throws. The Lakers led Ferris 48-39 after five minutes played in the second.
Even though Ferris put up a good fight as they were able to bring the game within give points with five minutes left in regulation, the Lakers never gave up the lead as they left Jim Wink with their 17th win of the season with the game ending 75-70 at the buzzer.
Junior point guard Dietrich Lever pulled up and knocked down an uncontested three pointer at the buzzer for the final points of the game.
In the end, LSSU’s Metz led the Laker’s charge with 25 points and 11 rebounds as they picked up their GLIAC best 9th conference win.
On the Bulldogs side, was led by sophomore center, Jared Stolicker, as he had a tied team high 14 points along side of junior guard, Drew Lehman. Stolicker also finished with a team high nine rebounds and five blocks.
The Andy Bronkema led Bulldogs fell to sixth in their division and 11th in the GLIAC following their loss to the Lakers.
Ferris State will look to get back on track and salvage the season as the head to Detroit to face the Wayne State Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 30th with tip-off slated for 8 pm.