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Balance is key for Bulldog basketball
The Ferris State Bulldog men’s basketball team has been very consistent in their winning ways so far this season.

Some of that may be due to the fact that the team is able to count on anyone on the court to produce for the good of the team. There were five players in double digit scoring when the Bulldogs won their second NCAA Tournament game of the season last weekend.

Senior center Jared Stolicker and senior forward James Chappell both led the team with 19 points apiece. Sophomore guard Drew Cushingberry and senior forward Josh Fleming shared 12 points apiece while junior guard Quentin Ruff added 10 points of his own coming off of the bench.

During the first round of the GLIAC Tournament, every player that stepped on the floor for the Dawgs was able to produce points for the team. There were four different men who scored double digits during the GLIAC Championship game as well.

No matter the outcome of the 2016 NCAA Tourney, the Ferris State men’s basketball team has had success playing their brand of unselfish basketball.

Three Bulldogs earn GLIAC Tournament Awards, Stolicker named tourney MVP
Ferris State senior center Jared Stolicker was named the Most Valuable Player of the GLIAC Tournament.

Stolicker became the second straight Bulldog to win the honor, as former Ferris guard Drew Lehman was awarded the tournament MVP Award in the 2015 GLIAC Tournament.

Sophomore guard Drew Cushingberry and junior guard Quentin Ruff were also named to the 2016 GLIAC Men’s Basketball All-Tournament Team after the Bulldogs took down Walsh University 76-59 in the tournament finals earlier today.

Stolicker averaged a double-double in the tournament, contributing 11.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Cushingberry averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 assists in the tournament and also scored the game-winning basket for the Bulldogs with just 0.7 seconds remaining in their first-round game against Findlay. Ruff averaged 9.7 points and shot 7-of-16 from behind the arc in the tournament.

Ferris’ GLIAC Tournament Title was the team’s third in school history and second in a row.

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