DETROIT (1/3/13) -- On the same night that the University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team raised its 2012 Horizon League Tournament Championship banner, the Titans extended their home winning streak to 16-straight games with an impressive 74-59 win over Milwaukee. Five Titans scored in double figures as Detroit outscored the Panthers 44-28 in the second half.
The Titans' 16 game home winning streak is tied for eighth in the nation with Oregon and Notre Dame.
Junior guards Ray McCallum and Jason Calliste scored 13 points apiece to lead the Titans, while Doug Anderson and Evan Bruinsma each had 12. Senior Nick Minnerath pitched in with 10 points while Anton Wilson scored eight and Juwan Howard, Jr. added six. Howard led Detroit with a game-high eight rebounds, while McCallum added seven boards to go along with a game-high six assists.
Detroit (9-5, 1-0 HL) scored first with an alley-oop from McCallum to Anderson, before the Panthers put together a 9-4 run to take a 9-6 lead into the first media timeout. The Titans then answered back with a 7-4 run to tie the game 13-13 with 11:06 left. Paris Gulley then made back–to-back three-pointers to give Milwaukee a 19-13 lead, before the Titans responded with a 15-3 run to build a 28-22 lead with 3:53 left. But the Panthers closed the half with a 9-2 run, including a lay-up by James Haarsma as time expired, to take a 31-30 lead into the locker room. Wilson led Detroit with eight points, including two three-pointers, while Anderson and Minnerath pitched in six points apiece.
The Titans opened the second half with a 15-9 run to take a 45-40 lead into the first media timeout. After a basket by J.J. Panoske trimmed the lead to 45-42 with 14:49 left, the Titans exploded with a 21-4 run to build a 66-46 lead with 5:48 left. Detroit held Milwaukee scoreless for the first four minutes of the run to help secure its second straight win over the Panthers.
Milwaukee (4-11, 0-1 HL) won the battle on the boards, 36-35, but Detroit forced 16 Panther turnovers, while distributing 20 assists. Detroit also shot 46.6 percent overall, while holding Milwaukee to 35.4 percent from the field. Detroit also made 14-of-15 free throw attempts, while recording 10 steals and five blocked shots.
Milwaukee was led by Paris Gulley who finished with a game-high 22 points while Haarsma pitched in 11.
Detroit will continue league play on Saturday, Jan. 5 when the Titans welcome Green Bay to Calihan Hall for the Horizon League “Game of the Week”. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised live locally on Comcast Channel 900, as well as nationally on ESPN3 and the Horizon League Network.
GAME NOTES: The Titans have won 16 straight games at Calihan Hall … The longest home game winning streak for Detroit is 39 straight from 1998-02 … Ray McCallum now has 1,258 points which is tied for 20th all-time at Detroit with Mike Lovelace '93 …The Titans have now won six-straight Horizon League games dating back to last season and 11 out of their last 12 … The Titans are 1-0 in the Horizon League for the first time since the 2010-11 season … Milwaukee leads the all-time series 21-18.
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