BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - Tiffin was able to work its offense and defense Saturday against Ferris State, keeping the game close and giving itself a chance to win.
Until the final four minutes.
Melissa Gilliland's jumper with 4:17 left in regulation trimmed the Bulldogs' lead to 51-50. It was the Dragons' last basket. Ferris State finished the game on a 10-1 run and won, 61-51.
"I definitely feel we worked the ball better and were a lot more patient, that's an improvement," said Tiffin coach Pam Oswald after her team dipped to 3-4, 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. "Next step is we've got to be able to finish games."
Jillian Adams had 14 points to lead TU, while Jessica Harris recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Stephanie Kelly had 10 points for TU.
Ferris State (4-3, 3-1), which began the year ranked in the Division II top 25, was led by Sarah DeShone's 20 points and six rebounds. Kara Hess had 11 points and 10 boards.
Dragons can't keep up with Bulldogs
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - John Hill described Saturday's loss to Ferris State as "disappointing."
The fourth-year TU coach said he thought the Dragons had a chance to win coming in, and his squad played a competitive first half.
But TU's defense allowed 53 points in the second half, and its offense couldn't capitalize on opportunities in a 86-70 loss.
"They put a spurt together and we couldn't fight back," Hill said. "We had 22 offensive rebounds and couldn't put the ball back in the basket."
Tiffin (3-5, 1-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) out-rebounded Ferris State 49-41, led by Mike Boan's nine boards. But the Dragons made just 27 of 63 shots, including a frigid 2 of 17 from 3-point range.
Joe Graessle scored 24 points to lead TU, but only one other player - Michael Bouley - scored in double digits. He had 10.
"We have to have a garbage man, someone to get the easy points," Hill said.
Drew Lehman led Ferris State (4-3, 3-1) with 20 points, and Jared Stolicker had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kenny Brown, one of the Bulldogs' most dangerous players, had 18 points, but went only 2 of 12 from the floor.
HU men come up just short
ALLIANCE - Nate Davis' jumper at the buzzer missed, and Heidelberg's men came up just short against Mount Union,
The Purple Raiders (3-5, 2-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) got 19 points from Nate Jacubec, and edged the Student Princes, 68-67 in Alliance.
As for Davis, he had another big game for Heidelberg, as he scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals. He also notched a key three-point play in the final minutes that tied the game.
Ishaam Smith had 13 points for Heidelberg (4-4, 0-3), which shot 22 of 56 from the floor. The Student Princes were better from the line, making 19 of 26 foul shots.