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Eagles fall to No. 5 ranked Ferris State 91-57

Steve Shrenkle

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On Saturday evening, in Big Rapids, Mich, the Ashland University’s men’s basketball team fell to the No. 5 ranked Ferris State Bulldogs 91-57 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 5-3 overall while being 0-2 in the GLIAC conference. The Bulldogs improve to an undefeated 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC.

The game started off well enough for the Eagles as they went on an 8-5 run as sophomore center Drew Noble caught fire. Noble scored all eight of those points with two 3-pointers and a layup.

Ashland continued to keep up with Ferris State in a relatively low scoring affair throughout the first half. Senior forward Wendell Davis nailed a 3-pointer with 15:10 left to go in the first quarter to give the Eagles an 11-10 advantage.

This, however, would be the last time AU held onto the lead as the Bulldogs started to pull away and they went into the break trailing 36-28. The first half was primarily led by Noble as he scored 15 points and shot 6-for-10 in the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Eagles came out of the half looking to stay into the game. A layup by Davis with 14:52 left to go in the second half cut into the lead 43-37, but the Bulldogs would run away with the game after this.

Ferris State went on an ensuing 9-0 run to help push their lead to 52-37, never looking back. AU could not keep up with the Bulldogs for the rest of the second half, leading them to their defeat.

Ashland finished the game shooting 41.5 percent from the field while going a cold 37.5 percent from downtown only hitting nine of their 24 threes. The Bulldogs finished shooting a hot 54 percent from the floor while going 46.2 percent from deep.

The Eagles had 33 rebounds to go along with 17 assists. They worked the ball inside and were able to get 22 points in the paint. The Bulldogs finished with 28 rebounds, 25 assists, and 34 points in the paint.

Ashland had 20 turnovers for the game with Ferris State turning those into 25 points. AU was only able to force three turnovers for the Bulldogs, all coming in the first half.

Davis led the Eagles with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He also had a team-high six rebounds to go along with four assists. With this game, Davis is now ninth on Ashland’s all-time scoring list with a career 1,520 points.

Noble finished the game with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists. He also had two blocks for the game.

Senior forward Marsalis Hamilton also chipped in eight points, five rebounds, and three assists for the game.

The Bulldogs were led by guard Drew Cushingberry who dropped 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He also had five assists and a steal. Forward Noah King also chipped in 16 points to go along with two rebounds and an assist.

The Eagles will look to bounce back on Thursday when they return home to host the Wayne State Warriors (3-3, 2-0 GLIAC) at 7:30 p.m. in Kates Gymnasium.

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