The Wayne State men’s basketball team (15-8 overall, 12-5 GLIAC) bounced back nicely from last week’s loss to Northwood, defeating the GLIAC North Division leading Ferris State Bulldogs (15-8, 12-4 GLIAC) in overtime by a final score of 72-69 on Feb. 16.
Warriors guard Stacey Waters knocked down two huge threes in overtime, the first to put the Warriors up 69-68, and the second to put them ahead for good, 72-69.
The Warriors led 32-31 at halftime, overcoming a see-saw first half battle that saw four lead changes and three ties. WSU led by six (23-17 and 25-19), marking the highest first half lead for either team, before the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run. Wayne State finished the half on a 7-4 run.
Ike Udanoh, who notched a huge double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds, stopped a 7-2 second half FSU run. The Bulldogs responded with seven consecutive points before an offensive rebound and dunk by Ian Larkin made it a two-possession game at 62-57 with just under three minutes left.
After FSU's Dietrich Lever’s lone field goal in regulation made it 62-60 Warriors, each team went three straight possessions without a bucket. FSU’s Jerrell Sanders then stole the ball and hit a lay-up to tie the game at 62 with 31.6 left in regulation.
On the Bulldogs ensuing possession, WSU senior guard Dale Brundidge came up with a steal in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
In OT, it was Waters who stole the spotlight, hitting a 3-pointer fresh out of a timeout to give the Warriors a 69-68 lead with 79 seconds left. Waters drilled another triple with just over 30 seconds left to put the Warriors ahead 72-69 and they never relinquished the lead. The Bulldogs failed to convert on their final two possessions of the game.
With the win, Wayne State moves within one-half game of second place Ferris State in the overall GLIAC standings.
Wayne State will have its final regular season home game this Saturday at 3 p.m. against Grand Valley.
WSU's four seniors - Brundidge, Waters, Udanoh and Andrew Times will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.