BAY CITY, Mich. - Ferris State University senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills) and University of Findlay senior guard Nathan Hyde (Findlay, Ohio/Liberty Benton) have been chosen as the GLIAC Men's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", respectively.
GLIAC North Division Player
of the Week:
6-7, Senior, Forward/Center
Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills
Ferris State University senior
forward/center Justin Keenan tallied a game-high 33 points and 12
rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Northwood 94-85 on the road in GLIAC
play this past Saturday (Jan. 15) in Midland. The 6-7 Keenan
moved into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list
and scored 19 second-half points in his 100th career game.
Keenan made 11-of-18 (.611) field goal attempts and hit 11-of-14
free throws in the win as FSU moved within a game of divisional
leader Grand Valley State.
North Division Weekly Honor Roll: Nick Waddell - GV, Kyle Hunt - LS, DeAnder Taylor - NM, Andrew VanDierenDonck - NU, Keithan Jackson - SV.
2010-11 North Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) M. Hudson - LS; (11/22) J. Keenan - FS; (11/29) M. Hojnacki - MT; (12/6) A. Storrs - GV; (12/14) A. Haidar - MT; (12/20) B. Lewis - NU; (1/3) D. Taylor - NM; (1/10) A. Haidar - MT; (1/18) J. Keenan - FS.
GLIAC South Division Player
of the Week:
6-3, Senior, Guard
Findlay, Ohio/Liberty Benton
University of Findlay senior guard Nathan Hyde led the #8 Oilers to a pair of GLIAC wins last week by averaging 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He also hit 56.5 percent of his shots in the two wins. Hyde opened the week with a 15-point, six rebound perormance in a 76-53 win over Lake Erie. He then tallied 24 points, going 8-of-11 from the field in a 73-71 win over Wayne State on Saturday. On the season, Hyde is averaging 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
South Division Weekly Honor Roll: Evan Yates - AU, Brent Eaton - HC, Morgan Jones - OD, Rafael Cuellar - TU, Mike Hollingsworth - WS.
2010-11 South Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) A. Robinson - UF; (11/22) B. Smothers - WS; (11/29) K. Richardson - AU; (12/6) T. Gerber - HC; (12/14) B. Eaton - HC; (12/20) B. Smothers - WS; (1/3) T. Spahr - TU; (1/10) M. Hollingsworth - WS; (1/18) N. Hyde - UF.
The Eagles notched a pair of home wins last week over Tiffin (69-65 on Thursday) and Lourdes (74-68 on Saturday). The Eagles were led in each game by sophomore center Evan Yates (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills), who scored a career-high 26 points against the Dragons. He had his second double-double of the season against Lourdes with 23 points while matching a career-high with 11 rebounds. Yates shot 66.7 percent for the week and entered Saturday ranked third in the GLIAC in field goal percentage. He now stands at 61.8 percent. The Eagles climbed back from a nine-point deficit with eight minutes to go in Thursday’s win over Tiffin. AU trailed Lourdes by seven at halftime, but the Eagles scored the first 11 points of the second half and never trailed after that. Senior forward Kale Richardson (Carroll, Ohio/Bloom-Carroll) had 13 of his 15 points in the second half of that game.
Ferris State Bulldogs
The Ferris State University men’s basketball squad won for the fifth time in their last six outings as the Bulldogs pulled out a 94-85 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road victory over the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Bennett Sports Center... The Bulldogs grabbed a 46-38 halftime edge after a late opening half run before the Timberwolves battled back in the final stanza. However, FSU used another late run in the ball game to seize control and earn the league road win... Senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) spearheaded the Bulldogs with a game-high 33 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort. He also climbed into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list by surpassing former Ferris standout Clarence Carlisle. Keenan totaled 19 points in the second half of the contest, which was his 100th game in a Bulldog uniform... Keenan was joined in double-digits by senior guard Matt DeHart (Greenville), who recorded his third consecutive double-figure scoring contest with 18 points in the outing on a six-of-nine shooting performance from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) added 12 points.
The Oilers won both of their home games last week to run their regular season winning streak in Croy Gymnasium to 99 games. They have also won 64 straight at home counting tournament play. On Thursday, the Oilers defeated Lake Erie College by a score of 76-53. Senior guard Nathan Hyde led the way with 15 points. On Saturday, the Oilers defeated Wayne State University by a score of 73-71 behind 24 points from Hyde. In the two games, Hyde averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. The Oilers also hit 28-of-32 (87.5%) shots from the free throw line in the two games to aid their cause.
Grand Valley State Lakers
#13 GVSU split a pair of GLIAC contests last week, defeating Northwood at home by 51 points on Thursday before falling at #4 Hillsdale in a tight 68-60 battle for the Lakers’ first conference loss of the season…senior Justin Ringler (Reed City, Mich.) continued his ascent up the GVSU record books, as he moved past three former Lakers on the all-time scoring list. Ringler started the week tied for 17th place with an even 1,300 points and moved into 15th place on Grand Valley State’s career scoring list with 1,320 points. He also ranks third all-time in made free throws (385), ninth in steals (144), 10th in rebounds (658), and is two assists shy (273) of 10th place in that category…junior Nick Waddell (Chicago, Ill.) averaged a team-best 12.5 points per game while shooting 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the field and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) at the line last week. Waddell scored 12 points in just 13 minutes in the win over Northwood, making 8-of-9 free throws…GVSU’s 89-38 win over Northwood was the second straight game the Lakers doubled up their opponents, after defeating Lake Superior State by a 76-38 score on Jan. 8. In the win over the Timberwolves, GVSU’s bench scored more points (49) than Northwood’s entire team (38) and the Lakers totaled more points in each half (40 in first, 49 in second) than NU did in the game.
Hillsdale saw its season-opening 13-game winning streak come to an end in Thursday night’s 66-52 loss at home to Wayne State, but the Chargers responded with a 68-60 win over No. 13 Grand Valley State Saturday afternoon … Despite the loss, the team’s current 14-1 record is its best-ever after 15 games, eclipsing the 13-2 record achieved by the 2001-02 team…Hillsdale hosted two teams last week, each of whom were undefeated in conference play entering those games…The Chargers are now 8-1 in the GLIAC and find themselves in a four-way tie for first overall in the conference, joining last week’s opponents, Wayne State and Grand Valley State, and this week’s foe, Findlay…Hillsdale needs just three wins to get to 17 for the first time under head coach John Tharp… Hillsdale hasn’t had a 20-win season since 2002-03…Hillsdale held Grand Valley State to its season-low in scoring Saturday (60), 18 points under its average for the season... The team set a new season-low for turnovers in a game (seven) vs. the Lakers Saturday…Thursday night, Hillsdale will play the University of Findlay for the first time since the 2010 GLIAC Tournament Championship Game…The Chargers haven’t beaten the Oilers since 2000.
Lake Erie Storm
Lake Erie split a pair of road contests this week, picking up its first conference win as a member of the GLIAC. On Thursday, the Storm fell at #8-Findlay, 76-53. Senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) led the Storm with 11 points, hitting three of the team’s seven three-pointers. Classmate Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) added seven points off the bench. Kidd also keyed the 68-66 win at Tiffin on Saturday with a season-high 19 points and a pair of big free throws in the final minute. Also in double figures for Lake Erie was junior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) with 14 points. Lake Erie led that game by 10 at half but the Dragons came back to take a second-half lead before the Storm prevailed. Junior forward Matt Grendel (Independence Ohio/Independence) was a big part of holding the lead late, going four-of-four at the line in the final minute.
Lake Superior State Lakers
Junior guard Kyle Hunt (Macomb, Mich.) shot 52.4 percent from the field and made 10-of-14 free throws to average 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and lead LSSU to a road sweep of Upper Peninsula rivals Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. Hunt is averaging 17.1 points per game overall and 18.9 ppg against GLIAC opponents. Freshman guard Derek Billing (Anna, Ohio) tied his season high with 11 points against the Huskies, while senior center Justin Williams (Benton Harbor, Mich.) scored a season-high 13 points against the Wildcats. LSSU made 20-of-25 free throws (.800) at NMU to shoot 80 percent or better at the line for the third time this season. For the weekend, the Lakers shot 51.7 percent from the field (47-of-91). LSSU was 1-1 against Ashland last season, winning 67-64 in overtime at home and losing 83-64 on the road. LSSU and Lake Erie have identical -3.6 rebound margins when playing GLIAC opponents. The teams are also nearly even in assist/turnover ratio. Senior guard Micah Hudson (Jackson, Mich.) is ranked second in the GLIAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.4).
Michigan Tech Huskies
Junior Mike Hojnacki (Milwaukee, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) turned in his seventh 20-point game of the season last Saturday (Jan. 15) with 20 points vs. Saginaw Valley. The 6-7 forward also had 10 rebounds in the contest for his second double-double of 2010-11 … Tech scored 61 points in both of its games last week, and has tallied exactly 61 four times in 15 games this season … Sophomore Ali Haidar (Windsor, Ont./Forster) posted 18 points and seven rebounds vs. Lake Superior State. The 6-7 forward has reached 18 points in a game six times this season … Despite its worst shooting game of the season vs. Saginaw Valley State (36.1 percent), the Huskies still lead the GLIAC in field goal percentage at 50.5 (the only team above 50 percent) … Senior Don Fowler (St. Clair Shores, Mich./DeLaSalle) registered 11 assists in two games last week and leads the GLIAC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.0-to-1.
Northern Michigan Wildcats
NMU lost a pair of GLIAC games over
the weekend to Saginaw Valley State (68-97) and Lake Superior State
(73-79). The ‘Cats have lost four games in a row and six of
their last seven. DeAndre Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) scored 29 points
on the weekend with 18 of them coming against LSSU. Taylor (14.5)
is second on the team in scoring and has scored in double figures
in all but one game this season while shooting 50.3 percent. Jared
Benson scored 20 on the weekend and leads the team in scoring at
15.7 points per game while shooting 62.8 percent. Martin Gross
scored 26 on the weekend, Matthew Craggs had 21 and Chris Paquin
had 18. The ‘Cats only turned the ball over 17 times on the
weekend, after averaging 16 turnovers per game in the previous 14
games. NMU travels to Grand Valley State and Ferris State next
weekend to play the two teams for the second time this season.
Northwood went 0-2 last week, falling to #13 Grand Valley State 89-38 before losing to Ferris State 94-85 … NU is now 5-11 overall, 3-5 in the GLIAC … Andrew VanDierenDonck (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) was the top player for Northwood, averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game … he connected on six of Northwood’s 14 three-pointers for the week … NU was out-rebounded for the week 94-66 – an average of 47.0 to 33.0 per game … NU has a pair of home games this week, hosting Ohio Dominican Thursday before taking on Tiffin on Saturday.
Ohio Dominican Panthers
The Panthers scored their second straight victory, both on the road, as ODU defeated Urbana 80-73 on Wednesday…The Panthers overcame an eight-point deficit in the first half, led by 10 in the second and had to hold off a Blue Knight rally down the stretch…ODU made a season-high 21-of-26 (.808) free throws, including 16-of-20 in the second half…Morgan Jones had career-highs in points (24), three-pointers (4-of-4) and free throw makes (six) while tying a career-best with seven boards…Aaron Gibbs had his seventh career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds…The Panthers won despite shooting 40.0 percent (26-of-65), but ODU received 25 points and 12 rebounds off the bench from Jake Mochoskay (14 points, five boards) and Zak Kapron (11 points, seven boards).
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
Saginaw Valley picked up their
first two conference victories this weekend, defeating Northern
Michigan University 97-68 and Michigan Tech University 70-61.
As a team, the Cardinals went 18-for-32 from behind the three-point
line against the Wildcats, breaking the SVSU record for
three-pointers made in one contest. Saginaw Valley also shot
85% from the free throw line, connecting on 17-of-20 shots and made
all of their shots from the stripe in a victory over Michigan Tech
(9-for-9)... Senior forward Keithan Jackson posted a game-high 30
points and pulled down 5 rebounds in a 97-68 win over Northern
Michigan this weekend and finished with seven points and three
rebounds in a 70-61 victory over Michigan Tech. Jackson went
7-11 in three-point shots against Northern and was successful on
11-of-18 field goals.
Tiffin trailed both games this week at one point by double-digits but stormed back thanks to take a lead thanks to rebounds (40-31 edge in boards and 24-14 edge in second chance points in the second half)…junior Karl Finley continues to come up big in the post despite being a guard as he is seventh in the conference with 1.3 blocks per game (20 blocks in 16 games)…Finley has five games this year with at least a pair of blocks, including a career high four blocks against Michigan Dearborn (Nov. 13) and Findlay (Dec. 16)…senior Rafael Cuellar has six career double-doubles, three of which have come against Northwood…Cuellar is averaging 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds (69 points and 55 rebounds) for his career in six career games against NU.
Wayne State Warriors
Wayne State concluded its stretch of three games in eight days against top-10 teams with a win at Hillsdale (66-52) and a two-point setback (73-71) at Findlay … WSU’s defense tied a season-best by limiting the Chargers to 52 points … the Warriors tied a season-low with zero three-pointers made in the win at HC … Wayne State committed a season-high 22 turnovers in the loss to the Oilers, but held UF to only 21 rebounds, an opponent low for the year … senior guard Bryan Smothers (Pontiac, Mich./Northern) was 8-of-8 from the foul line at Hillsdale, the third time this season he has been 8-for-8 from the charity stripe … Smothers then tied a WSU season-best with 10 assists at UF... … five different players totaled at least 20 points last week: Mike Hollingsworth (34), Ike Udanoh (27), Ian Larkin (23), Smothers (23) and Jerry Oden (20) … Smothers (Pontiac, Mich./Northern) needs 24 points to become the 20th player in school history with 942 career points, two triples made to become the 15th player with 100 in school history, and five assists to pass current student coach Larry Edwards for ninth on the all-time list … Oden has moved into 37th in career scoring with 740 points and 35th in rebounding (358) … Udanoh is currently third in career field goal percentage (.597), while Hollingsworth is seventh (.565).