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detroit-titansAfter starting the season off with a big victory at home on Friday, the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team will play four straight on the road starting with a trip to East Tennessee State University on Monday, Nov. 14.

Game time is slated for 7 p.m. (EST) at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Fans can catch all the action on ESPN3 or on the radio dial on 910 AM Superstation with Cliff Russell calling all the action. Live stats will also be provided.

Head coach Bacari Alexander ’99 and the Titans used a 60-31 scoring output in the second half to dominate Adrian, 99-69, on Friday. It was officially Alexander’s head coaching debut.

Following the game, the Titans will take part in the NIT Season Tip-Off as they face Illinois (Nov. 18), Florida State (Nov. 20) and New Hampshire (Nov. 23) on the road before returning home to host Manhattan on Nov. 26. 

Tickets to all 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 and season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations & Sales Justin Hairston at 313-993-1700 ext. 7301 or at hairstjj1@udmercy.edu.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS

ETSU was 24-12 last season, including 14-4 in the Southern Conference, and went to the postseason appearing in the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament.

The 24 wins were the third highest in school history for ETSU, who lost three starters and six players from that squad.

Two of the top three scorers from last season are gone, but the Bucs do return senior starters T.J. Cromer (14.9 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 3.1 apg.) and Isaac Banks (6.1 ppg., 6.0 rpg.). The team also features a local product in freshman Jason Williams, who hails from Detroit and went to Allen Academy.

Steve Forbes is in his second year as head coach of the Buccaneers.

ETSU won its season opener, 96-59, at home over Fordham on Friday.

111 YEARS OF TITAN BASKETBALL

The 2016-17 season marks the 111th year of collegiate basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy as the Tigers – yes, Tigers – beat Collegiate, 18-7, in the first official Detroit basketball game.

Until 1919, the then University of Detroit athletic teams were known as the Tigers. In the fall of 1919, the Detroit Free Press’ sportswriter Stan Brink, who was covering football for the paper, thought that a good nickname for the team would be the Titans.

In Greek mythology, the Titans were a class of oversized people who happened to have almost perfect physiques.

In its 111 years (two years records are missing in 1907-08 and 1908-09) Detroit Mercy is 1,394-1166 (.544) all-time with two regular season Horizon League Championships (1998, 1999) and three conference tournament titles (1994, 1999, 2012).

Detroit Mercy has also made six NCAA tournaments (1962, 1977, 1979, 1998, 1999, 2012) and seven NIT appearances (1960, 1961, 1965, 1978, 2001, 2002, 2013).

ROAD OPENERS

The first game on the road has not been so kind to the Titans as Detroit Mercy has dropped 15 true road openers.

The last time Detroit Mercy won a true road opener was at Chicago State, 87-65, in 2000-01.

Overall, Detroit Mercy is 16-59 in road openers since 1932.

VS. THE VOLUNTEER STATE

This is the second-straight year that Detroit Mercy will visit the state of Tennessee as the Titans are 8-6 all-time against programs from the state.

Last year, the Titans played at Vanderbilt.

One of the biggest victories in school history came against a Tennessee school when the Titans upset No. 4 Memphis State – now known as Memphis – 71-66, on Feb. 28, 1985.

ANOTHER TITAN MAN AT THE HELM

Head coach Bacari Alexander was named the 21st head coach in Titan history.

He is now the eighth alum to serve as head coach of the Titans joining Walter Hardy (1913-16), Paul Harbrecht (1922-23), John Barrett (1923-25), Lloyd Brazil (1930-46), John Shada (1946-48), Bob Calihan (1948-69) and John Mulroy (1987-88).

He is also the second head coach to come to Detroit Mercy from the University of Michigan joining his college head coach Perry Watson.

JUST 37 LEAD THEIR ALMA MATER

Head coach Bacari Alexander is one of just 37 head coaches – out of 351 at the Division I level – to take the reigns at his alma mater.

Coach Alexander shined as a student-athlete from 1996-99 playing two seasons for the Titans and helping the program to a pair of 25-win seasons and back-to-back wins in the NCAA Tournament.

CONGRATS COACH

Head coach Bacari Alexander earned his first win in his coaching debut, the first by a Titan rookie coach since Ricky Byrdsong led the Titans to a 64-53 victory against Rice in 1988.

It should be noted that there were only two coaches ahead of him in that span in Ray McCallum (2008-16) and Titan Hall-Of-Famer and coach Alexander’s collegiate coach Perry Watson (1993-2008).

TOUGH SCHEDULE COACH

The eleven (11) non-conference foes on the Titan men’s basketball schedule posted a 197-161 (.550) last season with four teams making the postseason in East Tennessee State (Vegas 16), Florida State (NIT), New Hampshire (CIT) and Fort Wayne (NIT).

Florida State is currently receiving votes in both the coaches and media poll, while Eastern Michigan and Fort Wayne are receiving votes in the Mid-Major poll.

REPLACING SOME KEY PIECES

The Titans return three starters and eight letter winners from last year’s team, but will look to replace their top two scorers in starters Paris Bass (18.4 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 2.1 apg.) and Anton Wilson (14.3 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 2.2 apg.) as well as Carlton Brundidge (10.5 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 3.2 apg.), one of the top sixth men in the Horizon League.

Bass was an All-HL First Team selection and Wilson ended his career with 1,005 points and as one of the top three-point shooters in school history.

EXPLOSIVE START

Detroit Mercy began the year with an offensive explosion scoring 99 points in its 99-69 victory over Adrian College.

The 99 points were the most by the Titans in their season opener since cruising past Kalamazoo, 119-68, in 1975.

SPREAD IT AROUND

The Titans currently have 12 student-athletes in uniform and all 12 players netted points in the season opener.

Five Titans also scored in double figures, including four of the five starters.

IT HAPPENED AGAIN?

After going 37 years without seeing a Titan freshman lead the team in scoring in their debut, it has now happened in back-to-back seasons as rookie Corey Allen topped the squad with 16 points in the season-opening 99-69 victory over Adrian.

Last year, Josh McFolley had 17 points in a win over Central State.

Prior to McFolley, the last time a Titan freshman led the team in scoring in his collegiate debut was Jerry Davis, who had 18 against Toledo in 1978.

DOUBLE J

Senior Jarod Williams came up with his first career double-double in the season-opening win over Adrian as he ended the contest with 10 points and a career-best 10 boards.

SHOW ME THE WAY ED

Freshman walk-on Ed Carter III had a great collegiate debut as he dished out a game-high five assists in the season opener.

What is even better is that he recorded five assists in just 15 minutes of action against zero turnovers.

JUST PERFECT

Sophomore Gerald Blackshear Jr. had a perfect day from the field against Adrian by tying his career high with 12 points in going 5-for-5 from the field.

MAINTAINING HIS RECORD

Senior Chris Jenkins came into the season as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage hitting 44.2-percent (76-of-172), and it was no different in the opener as he sank two of his four triple attempts.

PRESEASON THOUGHT

Detroit Mercy was picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League preseason poll as the Titans garnered 195 points.

The defending regular season champion and NIT runner-up Valparaiso was picked to win the league totaling 385 points, while Oakland was selected second tallying 337.

Last year’s conference champion Green Bay was picked third with 309 points, while UIC and Wright State were fourth and fifth earning 217 and 202 points, respectively.

After Detroit Mercy, Northern Kentucky (153), Cleveland State (150), Youngstown State (125) and Milwaukee (72) rounded out the poll.

SENIOR STATUS

Four seniors are on the Titan roster in Matthew GrantChris Jenkins, Pat Robinson Jr., and Jarod Williams. The quartet has played in 151 career games with 130 starts.

JENKINS TABBED PRESEASON ALL-HL

Senior Chris Jenkins was named Second Team All-Horizon League in the HL’s preseason accolades.

Jenkins earned his first career Horizon League accolade in the second team selection.

Last year, he notched double figures in scoring 16 times with six 20-point games and three double-doubles. He finished second on the team in rebounding (5.7), third in scoring (12.0), fourth in steals (1.0) and fifth in assists (1.4). In the Horizon League, he ranked 12th in rebounding, 15th in steals and 20th in scoring.

A versatile player, he led the team in three-point field-goal percentage (.432), sixth in the conference, while his 1.6 three-pointers per game was second on the team and 12th in the league. He was also third on the team and 15th in the conference in total field-goal percentage (.476) and ended second on Detroit Mercy and eighth in the HL in free throw percentage (.772).

At the end of the year, he took home the William Ebben Academic and Athletic Excellence Award as well as shared the Larry Doyle Most Dedicated Titan Award at the annual team banquet.

HOGAN GARNERS PRESEASON HONOR

Junior Jaleel Hogan received some early praise in  All-Conference honors by College Sports Madness.

Hogan was listed on the HL Fourth Team.

He had a breakout year as a sophomore and was the only Titan to start all 31 games. He was fifth on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game, while ranking fourth on the team in rebounding at 4.2 per night.

He also led the team and was second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage hitting 132-of-230 shots for 57.4 percent, good for ninth in school history.

Hogan posted double figures in scoring 19 times on the year with two double-doubles and a 20-point contest. He had 20 points and eight rebounds at home against Oakland. He tallied his double-doubles with 14 points and 10 boards versus Bowling Green and 10 points with 10 rebounds against Milwaukee.

NEW FACES

Detroit Mercy has eight newcomers on the squad, the most since the 2008-09 season when then first-year head coach Ray McCallum had 10.

The eight newcomers include one Division I transfer in Kameron Chatman (Michigan), two junior college transfers in DeShawndre Black (Schoolcraft College) and Isaiah Jones (Mt. San Jacinto College) and five true freshmen in Corey Allen (Ypsilanti, Mich./Ypsilanti), Malik Eichler(Berlin, Germany/MacDuffie Prep (MA), Cole Long (Orangeville, Ont./Athletic Institute Basketball Academy), Jacob Joubert (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) and Ed Carter III (Detroit, Mich./Edison).

MR. BASKETBALL FINALIST SUITING UP FOR THE TITANS 

Freshman Corey Allen has a distinguished career at Ypsilanti High School, including finishing fourth in the Michigan Mr. Basketball voting with 1,597 points as a senior.

He is the first Michigan Mr. Basketball Finalist to sign with the Titans out of high school since Ray McCallum in 2010 and only the ninth Mr. Basketball Finalist to sign with Detroit Mercy straight out of high school.

In his four years, Ypsilanti was 79-15, including 22-2 as a senior, and won its conference in all four seasons. He tallied 23.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in his final prep year, while shooting 52 percent from the field, 48 percent from behind the arc and 86 percent at the free throw line.

In his career, he totaled over 1,500 points. 

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