The University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team got their season started with an 88-53 victory over Northern Michigan University. The boys from McNichols gave an incredible performance as they dominated NMU every step of the way.
The Titans opened the game on a 24-3 run and took a 44-23 lead going into the half. Northern Michigan was able to go on 10-1 run with seven minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Titans responded with a 19-10 run to close the half as Doug Anderson hit a three from half court as the buzzer sounded.
During the second half, Detroit opened up on another big run with a 14-8 start in the first five minutes. The Titans then scored 28 throughout the remainder of the half as they went on to beat they the Northern Michigan Wildcats 88-53.
Four Titans scored double digits in the game, which included Ray McCallum Jr. and Doug Anderson combining for 47 points. McCallum scored 22 on the night while combining for six assists, two blocks and five rebounds. Anderson scored 25, had five steals and nine rebounds. Juwan Howard, Jr. (the son of legendary Wolverine Juwan Howard) scored 12 and had five rebounds. Sophomore P.J. Boutte scored a career high 10 points and added a pair of steals.
Coach McCallum cited the Titans defense as the key to the game (h/t Fox Sports Detroit). Offensively, Northern Michigan was unproductive, only averaging 37.9 percent shooting on the floor and scoring 53 points. The most productive player for Northern Michigan was TJ Cameron who scored 20 and had eight rebounds on the night.
While a comfortable win and a dominating performance, the Titans look for a challenge Tuesday afternoon as they face St. John's on the road in New York. The game is part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Tipoff for the game will be 2:00 PM ET.