Josh Fleming grounded the Eagles with a thunderous dunk that’s now airing on ESPN to the tune of more than 25,000 hits in route to a 79-67 victory over the Ashland Eagles in the first round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference tournament.
In a game that the Bulldogs dominated, the play that had everyone talking occurred with 11:10 left in the first half.
Fleming, a junior tipped the ball on defense which led to a steal by senior Dietrich Lever. Lever fed Fleming the ball on the fast break and Fleming skied high before rearing the ball back and then slammed it home with authority over Marsalis Hamilton, the Ashland freshman. Fleming was fouled on the dunk and made the free throw to complete the three point play. He scored a game high 20 points on the night.
To accompany Fleming’s 20 point night, juniors James Chappell and Jibreel Jackson came off the bench to score 19 and 10 points respectively on the night.
The Bulldogs will play Walsh University in the GLIAC semifinals after the number 7 seed Cavaliers upset the number 2 seed Michigan Tech Huskies 77-58. The Bulldogs will play Walsh at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday in Big Rapids.
If the Dawgs were to win they would then go on to play in the GLIAC Championship game. Ferris would play the winner of #1 seed Lake Superior State and #4 seed Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. The last time Ferris State won the GLIAC tournament was in the 1997-1998 season.