Ferris State Hosts Davenport In "Big Monday" West Michigan Hoops Exhibition

Ferris State Hosts Davenport In "Big Monday" West Michigan Hoops Exhibition

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad will take the floor for the second time in less than a week as the Bulldogs host West Michigan counterpart Davenport University on Monday (Oct. 28) night in an exhibition contest at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

Tipoff between the Bulldogs and the Panthers is set for 7 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs recorded an exciting 97-92 victory in a high-scoring exhibition opener against Madonna this past Thursday (Oct. 24) night at home, which marked the head coaching debut of first-year head coach Andy Bronkema.

Davenport is the preseason favorite to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) crown after posting a league record 18 wins a year ago under head coach Burt Paddock.  They return the bulk of a lineup which helped them reach the NAIA National Tournament for the fourth-straight year.

Expectations are also high heading into the 2013-14 season for Ferris State as the Bulldogs return 10 letterwinners from a year ago.

Ferris State will open a new era this season under Bronkema, who was elevated to the position after six years as an assistant coach in July.  Overall, Ferris State has won four league championships and twice reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in men's basketball over the past decade. 

Last year, with Bronkema as the Bulldogs' top assistant, Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade.

In his first year as the program's top assistant in 2010-11, the Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. FSU followed up the memorable campaign by winning a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division crown in 2011-12. The Bulldogs have made five-straight league tournament berths to date in Bronkema's tenure as an assistant coach and FSU has recorded more victories in the competitive GLIAC North than any other school over the last three years.

Bronkema takes over a Ferris State program with a long track record of success that includes more than 1,000 all-time victories, 13 GLIAC Championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances entering the 2013-14 season. FSU also posted an impressive 10-1 mark at home in league regular-season action during the 2012-13 season at Jim Wink Arena.

Among Bronkema's top returnees this season will be three starters in junior guards Dietrich Lever (Detroit/Canton) and Drew Lehman (Toledo/Central Catholic) along with sophomore center Jared Stolicker(Middleville/Thornapple-Kellogg).  

The other letterwinners back include five sophomores in wing Milton Cribbs (Detroit/Inkster), guard Jibreel Jackson (Chicago/Curie), forward Josh Fleming (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North), wing Matt Sinnaeve (Gwinn) and forward Dan Chilcote (Jackson/Lumen Christi) along with redshirt junior forward Matt Stoll (Kent City) and senior forward Raymoan McAfee (Detroit/Pershing). 

Following Monday's exhibition tilt, the Bulldogs will hold an alumni day/game on Saturday (Nov. 2) with the contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET). FSU then visits Calvin next Thursday (Nov. 7) for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) exhibition game in Grand Rapids.

The official season opener for the Bulldog men takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, as FSU opens the 2013-14 campaign on the road against regional foe Lewis (Ill.) in Romeoville, Ill.

Tickets for Monday's home exhibition tilt are available for purchase in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office in person at the Ewigleben Sports Complex, online at StarTickets.com or by calling (800) 585-3737.  Adult general admission tickets are $7 or the cost is $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up or students age 3 thru 12th grade.  FSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID card.  

For more information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.