Last night Detroit (11-5, 3-0) visited the Beeghly Center and dismantled Youngstown State (9-7, 1-2), 101-60. Here’s the box to prove it.
“We got rocked tonight,” Youngstown State head coach Jerry Slocum, who earned a technical in the closing seconds for voicing his displeasure with the high score, told Joe Scalzo of the Youngstown Vindicator.
More than just making a statement, this win and its aftermath involved some crazy numbers, so I wanted to break them out to illustrate the importance of this win and the feats that brought it about.
2 games involving Horizon League teams have reached the 100 point mark out of the 144 games played to this point. Both of those games were Detroit wins — the other was a 102-67 win over non-D-I Rochester College.
7 games involving Horizon League teams have involved 80 or more possessions, including last night’s outing. Detroit, which has traditionally played very uptempo under Ray McCallum Sr., was involved in three of those games. The Titans are averaging 70.8 possessions per game, a mark which ranks 32nd in the nation.
27 points, a game high, were scored by Jason Calliste, a career high for the red-shirt junior, on 6 of 8 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. He also posted seven assists, six boards and three steals on 13 possessions. A career night.
55% of Titans attempts from 3-point range (11-20) found their mark. The Penguins went 2-14 (14 percent) from three.
40.5% of Detroit’s possessions included an offensive board. Off the charts. YSU posted a 22.5 percent OR%.
+0.52 — that’s the efficiency margin Detroit achieved by scoring 1.27 point per possession and holding Youngstown State to 0.75 ppp (1.27 – 0.75 = 0.52). Only Cleveland State-Grambling (+0.59) was more efficient among D-I matchups involving Horizon League teams.
70 — Detroit’s new ranking on Ken Pomeroy’s website among all 347 D-I teams. That’s not only the highest current mark for a Horizon League team, but no other Horizon League team has so far this season been ranked so highly. Valparaiso got as high as No. 89. Detroit started the season ranked No. 128.
12 Titans players scored. Every player that entered the game. Even Olumide Solanke, who drained a two in just one minute on the floor.
29 times Detroit put Youngstown State at the free throw line, their one failing in this one. By comparison, the Penguins only put the Titans on the line 10 times. Kendrick Perry was the only YSU player charged with more than two personal fouls. Evan Bruinsma, Nick Minnerath and Doug Anderson all picked up four personal fouls for the Titans.
14 Detroit possessions ended in Ray McCallum Jr.’s hands, a team-high. He parlayed those touches into 19 points and two assists.
16 points, a team high, were scored by Youngstown St. sophomore D.J. Cole, a career high, on 15 possessions. Junior Kamren Belin was held to two points, and Kendrick Perry scored nine points to go with three assists in 13 possessions.
7 years have passed since the last time Youngstown lost by 41 points to a conference opponent (Milwaukee on Feb. 9, 2006).
2 Horizon League teams are 3-0 in conference play. Wright State is the other.
4 Horizon League teams have won on the road in conference play through 13 games: Detroit, Valparaiso, Loyola and Youngstown State. No team has yet done so twice.