A Close Finish at Historic Calihan Hall for the Victorious Titans

Winning University of Detroit Mercy basket by Alonde LeGrand against UIC in Horizon League play.

DETROIT– Sophomore Alonde LeGrand hit a fadeaway jump shot with four-tenths of a second left to give the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team a conference win against the visiting UIC Flames, 70-69. 

It was high hoops drama in the afternoon from historic Calihan Hall when down the stretch, sophomore Antoine Davis hit a three to make it a one-point game. After UIC missed a one and one free throw attempt, LeGrand was able to hit a game-winning shot. “UIC collapsed on Antoine and that freed up Alonde,” according to Titans head coach Mike Davis.

Sophomore Marquis Moore led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Chris Brandon finished with 15 points, eight boards and three blocks and Davis added 13 points with four helpers. 

Detroit Mercy was able to start strong, as they lead by as many as 16 points in the first half. Brandon gave the Titans momentum with some spectacular dunks. UIC was able to answer back with a run of their own, going into halftime down nine. 

The Titans were outrebounded 34-28 on both ends of the floor, but were able to score 30 points in the paint.  

Detroit Mercy takes on Oakland Friday night, Jan. 31, at Calihan Hall. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

  • Detroit Mercy leads the HL and is fifth in the country in free-throw percentage at 79.1 percent
  • Davis came into the game third in the country and leading the Horizon League in scoring at 23.8 points per game
  • Miller has reached double figures in eight of the last 12 games

Amidst the star-studded backdrop of Hall of Fame weekend and the Alumni Chili-Cookoff, the gymnasium was filled with former Titan student-athletes. Honored at pregame and at halftime, were former men’s basketball players Eli Holman and Willie Green. They had their jerseys retired.

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