Detroit-The Detroit Mercy Titans (8-23) fell short at the Joe Louis Arena in their first round Horizon League Tournament game against Milwaukee (9-23), 85-60. For the Titans, this marks the end of their season, which experienced a lot of growing pains. This was indicated by the dejected mood of the players following the game.
“It wasn’t our day,” junior forward Jaleel Hogan said while fighting back tears. “Shot weren’t falling for anybody, but you’ve got to move on and keep getting better as a team.”
Milwaukee was able to control the entire game, leading the entire way and never really relinquishing control except for two separate occasions where the Titans managed to come to within eight points of the Panthers. The Titans trailed 28-20 with 7:33 left in the first half after senior forward Chris Jenkins scored five straight points. Then, the Titans trailed 48-40 with 11:40 left in the second half after a score by Hogan. The Panthers however, would outscore the Titans 37-20 through the rest of the way, putting the game out of reach for the Titans.
Guard Corey Allen, the Horizon League Freshman of the Year, led the Titans with 18 points, but Hogan was the only other Titan scoring in double figures with 10 points.
Thought with this elimination, Titans head coach Bacari Alexander knows he must keep a positive outlook going forward in order to make his team Horizon League contenders.
“What you do is celebrate small victories,” Alexander said. “It might be something as simple as a guy like Patrick Robinson earning minutes. It might be something as simple as Corey Allen settling into college basketball and the game slowing down for him. It might be something as simple as Jaleel being in better shape. No matter what the situation is, as teacher and a coach, you really enjoy that process.”