Titans To Host Cleveland State On Senior Day Tuesday


DETROIT – The last home regular season game on the schedule for the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team will be a festive one as the Titans welcome Cleveland State on Tuesday on Senior Day at Calihan Hall.

Game time is set for 7 p.m., with Senior Day activities taking place around 6:30 as the Titans honor their four-man class of Matthew Grant, Chris Jenkins, Patrick Robinson Jr., and Jarod Williams prior to the start of the contest.

Fans can catch all the action locally on WADL-38 and on ESPN3 with Dan Leach on the call alongside former Titan standout Earl Cureton as well as on the radio on 910 AM Superstation with Cliff Russell providing the action. Live stats will also be provided.

Detroit Mercy is still playing for seeding in the upcoming Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, but the Titans do know that they will play on the opening day of #MotorCityMadness on March 3, either at 5:30 or 8 p.m.

Tickets to Motor City Madness are on sale at motorcitymadness.horizonleague.org. Fans, use access code UDM for Single Session tickets and TITANS for All-Session tickets to sit in the Titan section.

Tickets to all Titan home games start at just $10, $6 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets online, visit detroittitans.com/tix. To purchase over the phone or for more information on game tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations & Sales Justin Hairston at 313-993-1700 ext. 7301 or at hairstjj1@udmercy.edu.

The Titans won the first eight career meetings and lead the all-time series, 40-23.

Detroit Mercy has won three of the last four at home and owns a 25-4 record against the Vikings at home.

Freshman Corey Allen hit the 20-point plateau, but a big run by Cleveland State in the second half was too much to overcome in a 90-73, setback at the Wolstein Center.

Allen finished with a team-high 24 points going 8-of-17 from the field with six triples.

Junior Jaleel Hogan tallied 14 points, senior Chris Jenkins netted 13 points and sophomore Gerald Blackshear Jr. totaled nine points, a game and career-high 11 boards and also tied his career best with three blocks.

The Titans led 40-33 at the half and had their biggest lead of the game, 43-33, early in the second half but the Vikings came right back with a 19-0 charge over the next five minutes. Hogan ended that with a basket to trim the deficit to seven, 52-45, but that was as close as it would get.

The regular season will end with the Titans making their longest road trip in conference play as they head to Wisconsin to battle Milwaukee on Friday, Feb. 24, and at Green Bay on Feb. 26.

The 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship will run from March 3-7, at Joe Louis Arena.

Tickets to Motor City Madness are on sale at motorcitymadness.horizonleague.org. Fans, use access code UDM for Single Session tickets and TITANS for All-Session tickets to sit in the Titan section.

The championship games will be held on Tuesday, March 7, with an automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments.

2017 marks the final year the Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be contested at Joe Louis Arena before moving to the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, currently under construction in downtown Detroit.

Over 20,900 fans attended the four-day tournament last year, the first neutral-site HL men’s basketball championship since 2003.

NEXT WIN NO. 1,400
The next win by the Titans will be number 1,400 in the program’s history.

The Titans held their first opponent to under 40.0 percent shooting against UIC last Friday as the Flames shot just 38.1 percent from the field (24-of-63).

Detroit Mercy has been playing a bit shorthanded due to injuries, but the Titans saw some young players step up and produce some quality minutes in the last two games.

Against UIC, Freshman Cole Long started and scored five points, grabbed five boards and blocked two shots, while freshman Malik Eichler grabbed a season-best four boards and had two steals.

In their last game against Valparaiso, both players had five points and three boards in limited minutes.

Junior Jaleel Hogan has once again been an offensive force down low for the Titans as he is second in the Horizon League and 26th in the nation in field-goal percentage at 59.5 percent.

He is currently second in school history in career field-goal percentage at 59.3 percent trailing only Eli Holman ’12 (60.5%).

With 12 points his last time out against Valpo, junior Jaleel Hogan has now been in double figures in 21 games this season, which includes five 20+ point contests – all in conference play.

To start the conference season, he posted 22 points on 10-of-15 from the field against NKU.

He had a terrific game at Oakland tallying 39 points on 17-of-24 from the field, all career highs, and recently had 23 points in the rematch at home against the Golden Grizzlies.

Hogan has also tallied a game-high 28 points in the win over Green Bay and had 21 points in the win at Youngstown State.

Hogan is leading the team and is ninth in the HL in scoring at 15.3 ppg., while standing second on the squad and 10th in the HL in rebounding at 5.9 per night.
In his 14 HL games – he did not play at NKU – he is tallying 17.0 points – fourth in the league – and 6.9 rebounds on 59.1 percent shooting.

Corey Allen is the highest scoring freshmen in the Horizon League at 14.5 points per game – 11th in the HL and top 20 in the nation among all freshmen.

He is also leading the league in three-point field-goal percentage (45.8%) – hitting 70-of-153 on the season – and is third in three-point field goals per game (2.7).

In Horizon League only games, he is eighth in scoring with 16.1 a night and is top six in three-point field goals (2.8) and three-point field-goal percentage (42.4%).

Freshman Corey Allen is not only leading the Horizon League in three-point field-goal percentage (45.8%), he is currently 12th in the nation in that category.

His 2.69, 3-point field goals per game is 61st in the country among all players.
Allen already has a Titan freshmen record 70 triples on the year.

Senior walk-on Patrick Robinson Jr. has been with the team for two years and has seen limited playing time, but he has been ready when called upon.

He is coming off a career game tallying a team-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-7 from downtown along with grabbing a career-best five boards.

Against Youngstown State on Jan. 16, he scored 10 points going 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the arc.

He also had 10 points against Oakland on Feb. 10, where he hit a pair of triples.

At NKU, he had eight points hitting 3-of-5 from the field with a pair of treys and in the home game against Milwaukee, he handed out a career-high three assists.

He now has 26 career field goals and 25 have been scored this year, while 19 of those 25 have been from three.

Sophomore Josh McFolley and freshman Corey Allen have a great battle going on who will be the first to etch their name in the Titan record books.

Allen currently has 70, 3-pointers and McFolley has hit 66 as they both are chasing the top 10 single records in school history.

Right now the No. 10 spot for single-season triples is held by Jason Calliste (2013) and Rashad Phillips (1999), who both had 73 in their respective seasons.

Freshman Corey Allen has notched double figures in scoring 17 times this season, including a Titan true freshman record of 33 points against Fort Wayne – where he scored 27 points in the second half.

He saw his streak of four-straight 20-point games end as he tallied 16 against Oakland last week, but was right back at the mark tallying a team-high 21 against UIC.

He now has eight 20-point games on the year and five in the last seven games.
Allen posted a game-high 27 points at Youngstown St. on Feb. 4, going 10-of-16 overall and 6-of-10 from three, and a team-high 24 points at Cleveland St. on Feb. 2, where he was 8-of-17 overall and 6-of-9 from three.

The week before, he averaged 21.0 points en route to the HL Freshman of the Week honors after scoring 20 against Green Bay and a team-high 22 points against Milwaukee – 16 in the second half.

Josh McFolley recorded his sixth career 20-point game with 21 vs. Oakland on Feb. 10.

He has five of those 20-point games this season, including a great stretch where he recorded back-to-back 20-point games with 25 points at Wright State and a career-best 26 points against Youngstown State.

He was especially effective from the outside nailing a career-high 8-of-11 against the Penguins and 6-of-11 at WSU.

His 26-point effort against YSU bested his previous high of 25 points at ETSU earlier in the season, where he was 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-9 from behind the arc.
He also hit 20-point territory with 24 in the win over WKU, where he was 6-of-9 from three.

McFolley now has 16 career games with at least three triples in a game, including eight this season after going 4-of-7 against Oakland.

He has 66 treys on the season – after hitting just 32 last year.

Sophomore Josh McFolley is third on the team and 12th in the Horizon League in scoring at 13.9 points per game.

He is also fifth in the HL in three-point field goals per game (2.4), 11th in three-point field-goal percentage (37.9%) and 11th in free throw percentage (78.2%).


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