PHILADELPHIA (2/28/13) – The University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team dropped a hard fought contest to Temple 83-78 Thursday at the Liacouras Center as part of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic. Junior guard Ray McCallum scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Titans.
Detroit (19-11) led at the half, 39-31, and held a 74-71 lead with just over a minute left in regulation, before Temple (20-8) came back late, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Khalif Wyatt, to take the lead 77-74. The Owls then held on down the stretch by making six straight free throws to complete the late comeback.
McCallum finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Titans, while classmate Jason Calliste had 19 points and Doug Anderson pitched in 17. Senior Nick Minnerath finished with 15 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds, while Evan Bruinsma grabbed six boards.
Temple scored the first four points of the game, before the Titans responded with a 10-4 run to take a 10-8 lead into the first timeout. Detroit then extend its lead to nine 17-8 with a 7-0 run, which forced Temple to call a timeout. The Owls responded with a 10-4 run to trim the lead to 21-18 with just under eight minutes remaining, but that was as close as the score would get in the first half as the Titans responded with an 8-0 run, including a Sports Center top-10 highlight dunk from Anderson, to build a 29-18 lead with less the seven minutes left. Detroit would carry its 11 point lead for the next four minutes, until Temple closed the half with a 6-3 run to make the score 37-31 at break. Calliste led Detroit with 12 points, while Anderson and Minnerath each had 10.