Sports Shorts

Defeating the newcomers 

Ferris’ women’s basketball pulled out a win over the league newcomer Purdue Northwest in the first-ever series matchup on Thursday, Jan. 18. 

The Bulldogs defeated the Pride with a final score of 94-68, while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 88.9 percent from the line. 

Ferris junior guard Alexis Bush and sophomore wing Riley Blair totaled a team-high of 15 points each. Adding to this success was Ferris sophomore forward Lilly George, who finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

The Bulldogs will face rival GVSU in Allendale on Saturday, Jan. 20, with tip-off set for 6 p.m. 

Leading the region 

The Ferris’ men’s basketball team took the lead in the GLIAC after their hard-fought 92-78 victory over Purdue Northwest on Thursday, Jan. 18. 

Senior guard Drew Cushingberry led the team with a total of 23 points and seven assists. Ferris junior guard DeShaun Thrower made his first start of the year with 18 points and seven rebounds. 

With their win and Lake Superior State’s loss to GVSU, the Bulldogs took possession of the top spot in the GLIAC. 

The Bulldogs will go head to head against GVSU on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale with tip-off set for 8 p.m. 

Annese in the spotlight 

Ferris’ head football coach Tony Annese was featured as one of the main speakers for the 46th annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Clinic on Thursday, Jan. 18, in Lansing. 

Since the arrival of Annese six years ago, the Bulldogs have posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan. Annese has won 83 percent of his games as head coach, which is the most of any current GLIAC head coach. 

Twice, Annese has been named Super Region Coach of the Year at Ferris and is also an inductee in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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