January 23, 2014

Men's Basketball Earns Dramatic 66-65 Win Over Ferris State

The Northwood University men's basketball team earned a dramatic 66-65 road win over Ferris State Thursday night (January 23).

Northwood has now won four straight games. NU improves to 12-7 overall, 8-3 in the GLIAC.  That record ties them for first overall in the GLIAC.  FSU falls to 6-9 overall, 5-6 in the GLIAC.

Ferris State was the better team early on, going up 23-13 with 7:16 remaining in the first half.  But the Timberwolves finished the half strong, out-scoring the Bulldogs 20-7 the rest of the way to go up 33-30 at the break. NU shot 38.7 percent from the floor in the half, while FSU finished at 36.7 percent (11-30).

The Timberwolves controlled the opening nine minutes of the second half, leading 51-42 with 11 minutes remaining.  The Bulldogs responded with a run of their own, scoring 14 of the next 18 points to go up 56-55 with six minutes remaining in the game. The final minutes were tight – neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way. Northwood led 64-63 when the two teams exchanged clutch  free throws in the final moments.  FSU made a pair of foul shots with 11 seconds remaining to go up 65-64.  NU then responded with two makes by Wes Wilcox (Roselle, Ill./Harper) with 1.6 seconds remaining after going the length of the court and drawing a foul. The Bulldogs could not get a shot off after that, giving Northwood the win.

For the game, Northwood finished at 41.7 percent from the floor (20-48) compared to Ferris State at 37.3 percent (22-59). The Timberwolves continued to perform well at the foul line, finishing the game at 80.8 percent overall (21-26).

Northwood was led by senior forward Wes Wilcox (Roselle, Ill./Harper). He scored 30 points in the game, finishing 7-10 from the floor, 4-5 from 3-point range and 12-12 from the foul line.  He became the 29th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark for his career at Northwood, now standing with 1,025 points as a Timberwolf. Will Bowles (East Detroit, Mich./Southlake) added his eighth double-double of  the season and his 14th of his career, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Northwood will host Grand Valley State Saturday night (January 23). Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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