Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Led by 21 points and nine rebounds by Chris Jenkins, the fifth-seeded Detroit Titans defeated the eighth-seeded Youngstown State Penguins, 77-67, in first-round action of the Horizon League Tournament at Calihan Hall.
For the Titans (15-17), Juwan Howard Jr. added 20 points and Paris Bass finished with 11 points and three blocked shots. The Titans now take on the fourth-seeded Cleveland State Vikings in the second round on Friday night.
Bobby Hain paced the Penguins (11-21) with 14 points, while Shawn Amiker posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Keene also finished with 12 points, and DJ Cole chipped in with 11 points.
The Penguins took a 37-31 lead at the break after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Titans struggled from the floor in the opening period, making just 35.7 percent of their field goal tries, including 4-of-12 from 3-point range.
Detroit heated up in the second half, knocking down 58.6 percent of its shots from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point distance. Trailing 65-63 with under five minutes to play, the Titans scored 14 straight points to pull away from the Penguins and seal the comeback victory.
Detroit got huge production from its bench, scoring 54 points to just 11 for Youngstown State's reserves. The Penguins scored 17 points off of 10 Titans turnovers.
Final Score: Illinois-Chicago 60, Wright State 57
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Harris netted 23 points and dished out five assists as the sixth-seeded Illinois-Chicago Flames outlasted the seventh-seeded Wright State Raiders, 60-57, in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament at UIC Pavilion.
Ahman Fells chipped in with 11 points for UIC (9-23), which will face off against third-seeded Oakland in the second round on Friday. Markese McGuire added 10 points and five assists in the win.
Joe Thomasson scored 12 points to lead Wright State (11-20), which dropped its 10th consecutive game going back to the regular season. Justin Mitchell tallied a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Grant Benzinger and Michael Karena each added 10 points in the loss.
Wright State took a commanding 39-20 lead into halftime after hitting 60 percent of its field goal attempts in the opening frame. Illinois-Chicago netted just 28 percent of its tries from the floor in the period, including just 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
The tables turned in the second half, however. The Flames buried an even 50 percent of their shots and added a 12-of-16 mark from the free-throw line to surge past the Raiders, who shot 43.8 percent (7-of-16 from the floor) with an 0-of-3 mark from distance.
UIC held a convincing 26-7 advantage in points off turnovers, and outscored Wright State from the charity stripe in the win, 16-10.