The University of Detroit Titans (19-11, 11-4 Horizon) couldn’t close it out against the Temple Owls (20-8, 8-5 A-10) and fell at Temple, 83-78. The game was the finale of the Gotham Classic and was being made up after being postponed on December 28th due to weather.
The Titans were led by Ray McCallum who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Jason Calliste had 19 points and Doug Anderson added 17 points. Nick Minnerath had 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Owls also had four players with double digit scoring, led by Khalif Wyatt who had 20 points, all in the second half, and 7 assists. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Scootie Randall had 18 points and Jake O’Brien added 16 points.
The Titans controlled much of the first half and took an eight point lead into halftime, 39-31. Temple was able to catch up quickly as the second half opened and the teams went back and forth the rest of the way.
The Titans had a 74-69 lead with about three minutes remaining, that’s when Wyatt took over scoring ten straight points for the Owls. Temple was able to bleed the clock down as Detroit was out of timeouts and was playing on tired legs with their third game in five days.
The Titans regular season finale is Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago, while Temple hosts Rhode Island on Saturday as well.