UDM Men's and Women's Basketball programs bring post-season excitement to UDM
Second-seeded Kansas—who ultimately won the NCAA Championship—topped Detroit 65-50 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Titans’ 2011-12 season ended at 22-14 overall.“Kansas is a great defensive team and their ability to lock us up on the perimeter really was a big key,” Titan head coach Ray McCallum said. “I’m proud of our guys; we gave a great effort and we had an outstanding season.”
Ray McCallum scored his 1,000th career point on a layup in the second half ... Chase Simon, Eli Holman and Ray McCallum are Detroit’s first trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same team since 2000 (Rashad Phillips, Willie Green, Terrell Riggs, Desmond Ferguson) ... It was the final game of the Titan careers of Holman, Simon, Donavan Foster and LaMarcus Lowe, all of whom have already graduated or did so in May.
More post-season highlights came when Eli Holman was selected as one of 21 honorees on the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America team. He was also one of 64 outgoing senior college basketball players to be invited to the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in April.
Point guard Ray McCallum was named to the Lou Henson All-America team, announced by CollegeInsider.com. The honorees are comprised of one 25-player team made up of the best mid-major players in NCAA Division I. He also won the Roundball Daily.com Horizon League Player of the Year award.
After an outstanding season, Titan Women advance to the WNITThe Women Titans ended the year at 20-14, their first 20-win season since going 23-7 in 1997. It was also the first post-season appearance in the WNIT and the program’s first post season appearance since making the NCAA Tournament in 1997.
The game featured nine ties and seven lead changes. After Toledo (22-9)—the defending WNIT Champions—knotted it at 25 with a basket to start the second half, Detroit recovered to take a four-point lead, 31-27, at the 17:41 mark.
The Titans continued to stay out in front for the next few minutes until the Rockets broke through with their first lead since midway through the first at 34-33. The Titans would jump back ahead at 41-39 and 43-41 – both on Brown buckets with the latest at 8:44 – but Toledo would go on a 15-2 run in the next seven minutes to open a double-digit advantage, 56-45, with just 1:55 remaining.
Freshman Shareta Brown posted her 14th 20-point game of the year, but a second-half Toledo run was the difference as Detroit’s season came to an end with a 59-49 loss in the first round of the WNIT. Brown finished with 28 points and seven rebounds, her third-straight game with 20 or more. She ends a remarkable rookie season with a Titan record 611 points and became the first freshman to lead the team in scoring (18.0 ppg.) since head coach Autumn Rademacher did the same with 15.2 ppg., in 1994. Her 55.9 field goal percentage is also third in school history.