Saturday’s state basketball: Ferris State reaches GLIAC final

Detroit News staff

Ferris State rolled past visiting Ashland on Saturday, 85-66, to reach the final of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament.

Noah King had 24 points, Zach Hawkins 21 and Drew Cushingberry 15 for the Bulldogs, (30-1, 19-1, ranked No. 2 in the country in Division II).

Markese Mayfield added seven points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Ben Haraway had 14 points and Aaron Thompson had 15 rebounds for Ashland (20-9, 12-8).

It is the fourth straight season Ferris State has reached the conference championship game, and stretched its winning streak to a school-record 19 games.

The Bulldogs will host Lake Superior State at 3 p.m. Sunday in the title game. An automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament is at stake, though the loser is expected to get an at-large bid.

More state men

Lake Superior State 70, Michigan Tech 56: At Big Rapids, Michigan, Akaemji Williams scored 18, Tim Cairnduff 12 for Lake State (23-6, 16-4) in a GLIAC semifinal. Kyle Monroe scored 15 and Bryan Heath 14 for Michigan Tech (15-13, 11-9). Lake State will face Ferris State in the conference final at 3 p.m. Sunday.

(At) Augustana (Ill.) 95, Hope 83: Dylan Sortillo scored 30 and Chrishawn Orange 21 as Augustana (24-5) dropped Hope from the Division III NCAA Tournament. Jason Beckman had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Dante Hawkins scored 22 for Hope (19-10).

State women

Western Michigan 85, (at) Northern Illinois 66: Breanna Mobley scored 28, Jordan Walker 16 and Deja Wimby 14 for Western Michigan (16-14, 9-9 Mid-American Conference). Kelly Smith scored 22 for Northern Illinois (15-14, 7-11).

Central Michigan 72, (at) Toledo 67: Tinara Moore scored 18, Presley Hudson 14 and Reyna Frost 13 for Central (25-4, 17-1 MAC). Kaayla McIntyre scored 15 for Toledo (17-13, 8-10).

Ball State 88, (at) Eastern Michigan 63: Moriah Monaco scored 26 with 17 points and Jasmin Samz scored 21 for Ball State (24-5, 13-5 MAC). Sasha Dailey scored 19 and Courtnie Lewis 18 for Eastern (10-19, 6-12).

Grand Valley State 67, Ferris State 45: At Ashland, Ohio, Cassidy Boench scored 22 with 18 rebounds and Natalie Koenig scored 14 for Grand Valley (25-5) in a semifinal of the GLIAC Tournament. Leah Humes scored 11 and Lilly George had 17 rebounds for Ferris State (15-15). Grand Valley will play Ashland for the conference title at 3 p.m. Sunday.

(At) Ashland 111, Northwood 75: Laina Snyder scored 25 and Andi Daugherty 19 for Ashland (30-0, ranked No. 1 in the country) in a GLIAC semifinal. Lindsay Orwat scored 28 and Maddy Seeley 20 for Northwood (17-11).

(At) Hope 85, Washington (Mo.) 69: Kenedy Schoonveld scored 25, Madison Geers 13 and Francesca Buchanan had 11 rebounds as Hope (28-1) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Madeline Homoly scored 26 for Washington (19-8).