Ferris State Men Edge Barry, Advance to National Semifinals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the first time in program history, the Ferris State men’s basketball team will appear in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.

Facing eight-seed Barry (Fla.) Tuesday in its first Elite Eight appearance since 1988, Ferris State held on for an 87-84 victory.

The top-seed, Ferris State never trailed and closed the game out at the free throw line.

The Bulldogs opened Tuesday’s contest on a 7-0 run and led by as much as 15 in the first half before the Buccaneers (23-9) closed the gap at 39-37 at the half.

Drew Cushingberry was 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range to lead Ferris State (36-1) with 20 points. Peter Firlik tallied 18 points and six rebounds while Charlevoix native Zach Hankins recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Daniel Mortensen paced Barry with 17 points.

Ferris State will now face four-seed West Texas A&M (32-3) in a national semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday. West Texas A&M handed five-seed Le Moyne an 87-73 loss in an earlier quarterfinal Tuesday.