University of Illinois-Chicago Get Basketball Victory on the Road at Historic Calihan Hall

University of Detroit Mercy basketball promotions announcer Keith Jason salutes the mascots from the Titans and Oakland University for their big rivalry game Friday February 9 at 8:00 PM. CST and 9:00 pm. EST on ESPN2 from the „O”rena in Rochester, Michigan.

By Raymond Rolak

Josh McFolley Gets Career-High for the Titans

DETROIT– It was a cold and snowy Sunday but Junior Josh McFolley was hot as he tallied a career-high 30 points. It wasn’t enough for the home squad as the University of Illinois-Chicago took a 78-69 victory over Detroit Mercy in historic Calihan Hall.

McFolley was a career-best 11-of-23 from the field with four 3-pointers and also came away with a career-best six steals and five rebounds. Graduate senior McFolleyposted 18 points with five rebounds and redshirt junior Kameron Chatman ended with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Senior DeShawndre Black tied his career high with eight assists, playing all 40 minutes but he was cold from the floor, going 0-11. Sophomore Cole Long pulled down a career-best nine rebounds. Detroit Mercy (7-18, 3-9 HL) started the game on a 7-0 run, but UIC (14-11, 9-3 HL) was able to cool off the Titans and take a 43-37 lead at half-time. The Titans got within four, 71-67 with 1:13 left in the game but UIC was able to hold on for the win.

Off the bench UIC really dominated. They outscored Detroit Mercy, 21-1. Every UIC reserve scored with sophomore Godwin Boahen netting eight points with two 3-pointers.

Sophomore Dikembe Dixson scored a team-high 23 points for UIC as they took over sole position of third-place in the 16-member Horizon League. Sophomore guard Tarkus Ferguson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ferguson and the Flames will play five of their next six games at the UIC Pavilion.

UIC has a six game winning streak and have won nine of their last 10 games. Defense is another hot spot for the Flames. On the year, they have held their opposition to 40.1 % from the field.

Detroit Mercy returns to action on Friday, Feb. 9, as the Titans take on cross-town Oakland in a game that will start at 9 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2. It will be played at the “O”rena in Rochester, Michigan.

Motor City Madness takes place on March 2nd – 6th, 2018. All games will be at the new and fabulous Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.