FSU's Keenan and HC's Gugino Named GLIAC Men's Basketball North & South Division "Players of the Week," respectively
Bay City, Mich.-- Ferris State University sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills) and Hillsdale College senior center Tony Gugino (Holland, Mich./Christian) were named GLIAC Men's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week," respectively, by the Conference Office.
North Division Player of the Week:
Justin Keenan - Ferris State
(So, F/C, 6-6, Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills)
Ferris State University sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan tallied a game-high 24 points with eight rebounds and two steals in the Bulldogs' 78-63 non-league home setback to regional foe and unbeaten St. Joseph's (Ind.) last Thursday (Nov. 20) at Wink Arena in Big Rapids. He sank eight-of-14 (.571) field goal attempts and connected on eight-of-12 (.667) free throws in the loss. Keenan currenlty ranks fourth in the GLIAC in scoring with 20.0 points per game, while ranking sixth in rebounding with 7.5 boards per contest.
North Division Weekly Honor Roll: Pete
Trammell - GV, Ryan Kuhl - LS, Fedrick Bowe - MT, Marc
Renelique - NM, Greg Foster - SV.
2008-09 Players of the Week: (11/18) T.
VanOudheusden - LS; (11/25) J. Keenan - FS.
South Division Player of the Week:
Tony Gugino - Hillsdale
(Sr, C, 6-9, Holland, Mich./Christian)
Senior Tony Gugino led the Chargers to a 2-0 start by averaging a team-high 17 points and 8 rebounds per game last week. The Chargers opened the 2008-09 season with a 68-65 home win over Lewis University, then went on the road to whip the University of Indianapolis, 75-55 Saturday. Gugino's 34 total points came in 55 total minutes played in the two games. He currently ranks 10th in the GLIAC in scoring at 17.0 points per contest, while his 8.0 rebounds per games ranks fifth in the league.
South Division Weekly Honor Roll: Bret Wackerly
- AU, Josh Bostic - UF, Chris Johnson - NU, Shane Lawal - WS.
2008-09 Players of the Week: (11/18) B. Saunders - AU; (11/25) T. Gugino - HC.
-----GLIAC Football Weekly Notes-----
Ashland - In a shootout against Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ashland came out on top, 109-99. AU improved to 2-0 on the season, winning their first two games at home. The Eagles were led by the tandem of forward Kale Richardson and guard Bret Wackerly. Richardson had 30 points, 19 in the second half. He was good on 11-of-19 field goal tries and knocked down 5-of-8 three-point attempts. Wackerly had 26 points and was 6-of-11 from three-point range. Wackerly also added six assists with just one turnover. Junior guard Darius Brents came off the bench to contribute 16 points, four assists and three steals. The bigger, stronger Eagles also hurt the visitors inside. Ashland led in points in the paint, 48-22. In fastbreak points, AU rolled up a 28-9 edge. On the season, Ashland's bench has outscored the opponents bench, 51-38. AU has held the clear advantage in the paint on the season, 82-52. Ashland travels to Slippery Rock on Tuesday (Nov. 25) for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Ferris State - The home court was not kind Thursday (Nov. 20) night as the Bulldogs dropped a 78-63 decision to St. Joseph's (Ind.) in their 2008-09 home opener at Wink Arena. The visiting Pumas bolted out to a 46-33 halftime edge by shooting 46% (17-37) in the opening frame and limiting the homestanding Bulldogs to only a 30.6% (11-36) effort in the initial half. Ferris managed to trim a 15-point St. Joseph's lead down to as little as seven points with 9:39 to go in the game, but the Pumas answered with a 8-0 run to put the game out of reach in the final six minutes. Sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) paced Ferris with a game-high 24 points, junior guard Josh Young (Ypsilanti) chipped in 11 points and sophomore guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) finished with 10 points for FSU... FSU's Justin Keenan is averaging 21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in his two exhibition games and two regular-season outings thus far this season. Keenan has tallied 87 points and 35 boards in the four combined games with two double-double efforts and two games with 24 or more points.
Findlay - The #1 Oilers started the season with a pair of home wins to run their regular season home winning streak to 60 games...Findlay defeated Indianapolis 77-66 and then came out on top 80-59 over Northwestern Ohio...Senior forward Josh Bostic, who was the Preseason NCAA Division II Player of the Year as well as the Preseason GLIAC Player of the Year, led the team by averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game...Bostic has scored 1,073 career points during his tenure with Findlay...His total ranks 34th all-time...Senior guard Tyler Evans, senior center Lee Roberts and junior guard Marcus Parker and senior forward Morgan Lewis all have a chance to reach the 1,000 point plateau during the 2008-09 season...Evans has currently scored 721 points, Roberts is at 676 points, Parker checks in with 648 career points and Lewis is standing at 537...The Oilers have the second best winning percentage in NCAA Division II competition during the 2000's...During this decade, the Oilers have won 204 games and lost only 46 for a percentage of .816...Metro State has the best record during the decade, three tenths of a percentage point ahead of Findlay.
Grand Valley State - Grand Valley State
advanced its record to 3-0 to start the season with wins over Lake
Erie College (65-63) and Saint Joseph's College (75-72)...The
Lakers are ranked No. 11 in the National Association of Basketball
Coaches (NABC) poll...Senior Pete Trammell (Jenison, Mich.) led the
Lakers in scoring and rebounding this week, averaging 13.0 points
and 8.0 rebounds... Sophomore Toreau Brown (Detroit, Mich.) hit
three career-highs in the win over Saint Joseph's, scoring 12
points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out three
assists...Four Lakers are averaging double-figure scoring, led by
sophomore K'Len Morris (Grand Blanc, Mich./University of Michigan)
at 10.7 points per game... Trammell and sophomore Justin Ringler
(Reed City, Mich.) are both scoring at a 10.3 points per game clip,
while sophomore Mike Przydzial (West Bloomfield, Mich.) is
averaging an even 10.0 points per game...Trammell's 6.0 rebounds
per game lead the team.
Hillsdale - The Hillsdale College men's basketball team is off to its second 2-0 start in three years after wins over GLVC teams Lewis (68-65) and the University of Indianapolis (75-55)...Hillsdale led by as many as 30 points in the win over the Greyhounds...Freshman Brad Guinane was a starter in his first two collegiate games, averaging 7.5 points per game in the two outings...Senior center Chris Skaggs has been one of the team's most efficient players, scoring 18 points in 27 minutes played while shooting 57 percent from the field in the team's two wins...Hillsdale's defense has been a key to its good start, as the Chargers are limiting their opponents to 36 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc...The Chargers also hold statistical advantages in rebounding, assists and steals, while committing three fewer turnovers in the two games...Hillsdale plays its third straight GLVC opponent Tuesday, hosting Bellarmine University...Hillsdale is off until it opens GLIAC play Thursday, Dec. 4 vs. Lake Superior State.
Lake Superior State - Senior center Ryan Kuhl (Rochester, Mich.) totaled 15 points and six rebounds to lead LSSU to an 81-53 victory over Northland Baptist on Tuesday as the Lakers wrapped up a three-game homestand. Their only home game during the upcoming month is Dec. 8 against Finlandia. They are idle this week...Senior forward Tim VanOudheusden (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is averaging 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to lead the Lakers in both categories. Senior guard Mark Morse (Harbor Springs, Mich.) is second in scoring at 14.3 ppg, followed by Kuhl at 14.0 ppg...VanOudheusden has 893 career points and is closing in on the 1,000-point milestone.
Michigan Tech - Freshman Brian Olley (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) tallied game-highs of 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks last Friday (Nov. 21) vs. Alma. All three marks set career highs for the 6-7 forward, who was playing in just his third career game. Olley leads Michigan Tech in field goal percentage at 53.3 and is second in rebounding at 4.5 per game. He also leads the GLIAC in blocks at 1.5 per contest ... Michigan Tech hosts Finlandia Saturday (Nov. 29). The two teams have squared off seven times since the series began in 2000. The Huskies have won all seven matchups - all played at the SDC Gym ... Senior Fedrick Bowe (Freeport, Bahamas) scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds vs. Minnesota Duluth to record his first double-double of the season and the sixth of his career. Bowe leads the Huskies in rebounding at 6.5 per game ... Michigan Tech will play the third leg of a three-game home stand Saturday (Nov. 29) vs. Finlandia. The game is one of a school-record 14 regular season home dates for the Huskies in 2008-09. Tech is 229-113 (67.0 winning percentage) all-time at the SDC Gymnasium since the facility opened in 1980.
Northern Michigan - The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team is a perfect 4-0 on the season after picking up wins over Alma (80-48) and Finlandia (88-67)...The Wildcats will not be back in action until Dec. 4 when they jump into GLIAC play at Northwood...Austin Rowe off the bench had a career-high 13 points and six rebounds against Alma...Sebastien Salois came off the bench to pick up 15 points against Alma...Kyle Greene leads the Wildcats with 24 rebounds as he picked up 11 in the two wins ...Four of the five starters were in double-figures in scoring against Finlandia, Marc Renelique led the way with 17 points, next were Raymont McElroy (16), Tyler Kazmierkoski (14) and Chris Warner (12)...Three ‘Cats are averaging over 10 points a game, Renelique (17.3 ppg), Kazmierkoski (13.8 ppg) and McElroy (10.0 ppg)... Renelique leads the ‘Cats in three-pointers as he is 16-42...McElroy and Warner have 14 and 10 assists respectively on the season.
Northwood - The Northwood men's basketball team
opened its season by going 1-1 last week, defeating Marygrove
103-50 before dropping a hard-fought 82-80 contest at Lewis ... the
Timberwolves' offense was strong throughout the week, shooting 56.7
percent from the floor while averaging 91.5 points per game ...
rebounding has also been strong for the Timberwolves, as they have
out-rebounded their opponents 48.5-25.5 per game ... Chris Johnson
(Belleville, Mich.) led NU's balanced attack by averaging 14.5
points per game ... he connected on 63.2 percent of his field goal
attempts while averaging 7.5 rebounds per game ... four
Timberwolves averaged more than 12 points per game - Marcus Moore
(Mt. Clemens, Mich.), Aaron Simpson (Detroit, Mich./Jesuit) and
Mark Barnes (Saginaw, Mich.) ... Moore has finished with a
double-double in both games he has played in, finishing with 10
points and 11 rebounds against Marygrove before totaling 14 points
and 10 rebounds versus Lewis ... Northwood will host Rochester in
their lone contest of the week Saturday at 3 p.m.
Saginaw Valley State - Saginaw Valley has started out the season 0-2 for the first time since 2002. The Cardinals are averaging 61 points a game while allowing just 81. SVSU is shooting .396 from the floor and .277 from beyond the arc. SVSU lost in overtime on Nov. 22 to Central State University 86-80. Freshman guard Greg Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Cardinals with a career high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-7 from behind the three point line. He dished out six assists and swiped two steals. Senior guard Lawrence Ross (Battle Creek, Mich.) also added 14 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Foster again led the Cardinals in their 76-44 loss to Northern Kentucky on Nov. 24 with 13 points on 4-12 shooting from the floor, including one three-pointer, and grabbed three rebounds in 35 minutes of action. The Cardinals are off until Dec. 4 when they travel to Findlay to start the GLIAC portion of their schedule.
Tiffin - Brian Scott, Donnell Patterson, and Rafael Cuellar led the Dragons on the week, with each of them averaging 12 points per game...Alex Strok also averaged double figures for the week, scoring at a 10.5 ppg clip...Patterson was the leading rebounder after two games, averaging 4 rebounds per game...Scott led the Dragons in their game at Kentucky Wesleyan, scoring 18 points...Cuellar led the Dragons in their opener at Heidelberg, scoring 18 points with 6 rebounds on 7 for 11 shooting.
Wayne State -
Wayne State will play its third of four non-league games this
Tuesday (Nov. 25) and its only non-conference action against a
Division II school ... WSU has already played NAIA opponent
Marygrove College plus its first of two games at Division I schools
(Bowling Green) ... the Warriors travel west on I-94 on Dec. 8 for
a contest at Eastern Michigan in their final non-league game ...
WSU's lone senior, Shane Lawal (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) recorded
a double-double last Thursday (Nov. 20) in Bowling Green with 16
points and 13 rebounds ... a year prior (Nov. 20, 2007), Lawal had
10 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks for Oakland University vs.
Duquesne ... newcomer Bryan Wright (Warren, Ohio/Harding) had 24
points against Marygrove and added 12 points and three assists
against Bowling Green ... Wright is 14-of-16 from the foul line
this year ... freshman Reggie Stallings (Flint,
Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Marygrove and
followed that with four rebounds and two three-pointers made at
Bowling Green ... following the contest against the CSU Marauders,
the Warriors will be idle until the GLIAC opener on Dec. 4, which
starts a stretch of three games in five days.