Junior Jaleel Hogan led five Titans in double figures with a season-high 19 points as the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team fell in double overtime, 84-81, to Manhattan on Saturday afternoon inside historic Calihan Hall.
Hogan also tied his career high in field goals going 8-for-13 and added a season-high nine rebounds with two blocks. Sophomore Josh McFolley came off the bench to net 18 points with four triples, the majority of which came in the second half and overtime.
Senior Chris Jenkins tallied 15 points – 13 in the second half – and six rebounds, while freshman Corey Allen and sophomore Gerald Blackshear Jr. each added 10 points apiece. Freshman DeShawndre Black scored nine points and handed out a season-best seven assists, while turning it over just once.
The game was a back-and-forth affair all afternoon featuring 11 ties and 11 lead changes.
The Titans jumped ahead early and led for much of the first half, before the Jaspers clawed back to head into the break tied with Detroit Mercy, 33-33.
Manhattan opened the second half on a 12-2 run to jump ahead by double digits with 14:19 left in regulation, but McFolley answered and swung the momentum back in the Titans favor with a four-point play from the top of the circle. The 3-pointer and the foul sparked an 11-4 run for Detroit Mercy to bring the hosts within three,47-44, with 10:27 to go.
Manhattan responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 10, 54-44, with 8:33 remaining, before an Allen three in the corner ignited an 11-2 spurt to pull the Titans within one, 58-57. The final points off that charge came from McFolley drilling a three at 6:14 mark in the second half.
The Jaspers scored their last bucket with 2:56 to go before the Titans clamped down defensively and held Manhattan scoreless over the final minutes. Trailing 65-62, Jenkins nailed a jumper to bring the Titans within one before Black split a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to send the affair to overtime.
The Titans closed the second half on a 19-9 run over the final 8:33 minutes to put themselves in a position for the victory.
In the first extra frame, Hogan converted on a pair of post moves to push the Titans ahead by four, 72-68, with 58 seconds left in the contest, but missed free throws allowed the Jaspers to hang around and tie the game, eventually sending it to a second extra stanza.
Manhattan hit back-to-back threes in the second overtime to go ahead, 81-78, before Jenkins drilled a step-back three to tie the game. Zavier Turner then scored on a put-back with 1:57 to put Manhattan up two, before the Titan defense forced a turnover to create a fast break opportunity for McFolley, but he was whistled for a charge and the Jaspers regained possession and split a pair of free throws. The Titans then had one final opportunity to send it to a third overtime, but Jenkins’ three-point attempt come up just short at the buzzer and Manhattan escaped with the win.
For the game, Detroit Mercy shot 45.9 percent from the field (28-for-61), including 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from long range. The Titans also had to deal with foul trouble as Hogan, McFolley, Blackshear and Black all fouled out of the contest.
The Titans will have a few days off before returning to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30, against instate-rival Eastern Michigan at Calihan Hall. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and WADL TV-38, as well as 910 AM Superstation.
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It was the first-ever meeting between Detroit Mercy and Manhattan… The Titans and Jaspers are actually rivals in men’s lacrosse as members of the MAAC… The Titans changed their starting line-up for the first time this season as Black and Blackshear Jr. earned the opening nods… The last time the Titans played a double overtime game was on Nov. 24, 2013, when the Titans and Stony Brook – also located in New York – played three overtimes… Detroit Mercy had five players in double-figure scoring for the second time this season with the first also at home against Adrian… Allen’s seven assists were the most since Carlton Brundidge had nine at UIC last season… McFolley came into the game shooting just under 50.0-percent from three hitting 14-of-29 from distance… Hogan was one rebound shy of his third career double-double… Hogan has now put in eight field goals three times in his career…