Friday, November 19, 2010

Men's Basketball: Lewis at Ferris State Game Notes

Romeoville, Ill. - The Lewis University men's basketball team looks to end its five-game road trip on a good note on Saturday (Nov. 20) afternoon, as the Flyers (2-2) head to Big Rapids, Michigan for a 3 p.m. (EST) in-region showdown against Ferris State (2-0) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
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Head Coaches: Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost is in his fifth season at the helm of the Flyers and has a record of 70-50 (.583). In 13 seasons of coaching, Trost owns a mark of 223-136 (.621). Ferris State head coach Bill Sall, who is now in his ninth season as the Bulldogs' skipper, is 124-120 (.508).

All-Time Series: Lewis holds an 8-3 advantage over Ferris State in their all-time series.

Last Time We Met: Lewis freshman Troy Peter came off the bench and led five players in double-figures with 17 points as the Flyers claimed the 65-60 in-region win over the visiting Bulldogs in the 2009-10 lidlifter on November 15, 2009.

Last Time Out: Despite a game-high 23 points from senior guard Dennis Thomas, Jr., Lewis was unable to overcome 14 first-half turnovers, as Wayne State claimed the 79-66 in-region victory over the Flyers on Thursday (Nov. 18) night.

Dead Eye: Junior point guard Chris McClellan currently sits as Lewis' all-time leader in free throw percentage, knocking down 90.1% (118-for-131) of his attempts. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native has converted his last 18 attempts.

Welcome Back: Junior forward Lonnie Lawrence returns to the Lewis line-up after missing the entire 2009-10 campaign after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in his career.

1,000-Point Club: Thomas needs 27 points to reach 1,000 tallies for his career.

Even Steven: Both Lewis and the Flyers' opponents have scored exactly 270 points this season for an average of 67.5 points-per-game.

1,000 Victories: Lewis needs seven more victories to reach the program's 1,000th all-time win.

Good Genes: Sophomore forward Matt Toth chose a different athletic path than his father Tom. Tom Toth played five years in the National Football League, including starting 12 games at right guard for Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in 1987.

New Number: Sophomore guard David Bryant has changed his number from 14 to 12 in honor of his late brother Kevin who played for Trost at Illinois Wesleyan from 2004-06.

Block Party: Junior center Marty Strus needs 34 blocks this season to break the career-record of 140 set by Austin Real (2000-04). In each of his first two seasons, Strus has broken the single-season record for blocks with 54 in 2009-10 and 50 in 2008-09.

Trost vs. GLIAC: Since taking over the Lewis men's basketball team in 2006, Trost has collected an impressive mark of 12-4 (.750) against GLIAC opponents.

Novembers To Remember: Trost has an overall record of 15-5 (.750) in the month of November as the Lewis head coach.

Action Jackson: Trost announced on Tuesday (Nov. 16) that he has signed Riverside-Brookfield guard Ryan Jackson to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Flyers beginning in 2011.

Bench Play: The Lewis bench, led by Toth (10 ppg.) and junior forward Jeron Lee (8.3 ppg.) is outscoring the opposing reserves, 25.0 to 15.5 in the Flyers' first four games.

Slow Starters: Lewis is averaging 30.3 points-per-game in the first half, but the Flyers increase their output to 37.2 points-per-game in the final stanza.

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