ASU Basketball falls on the road at Detroit

Ray McCallum had 19 points and Doug Anderson added 16 with 12 rebounds to lead the University of Detroit Mercy (6-8) to an 80-56 win over Alabama State University (2-9).

The Titans shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and held the Hornets to only 24 percent shooting in blowing open a close halftime game to the 24-point win.

ASU also committed 17 turnovers in the game, nine of those in the second half, which led to 18 points for UDM.  The taller Titans consistently took advantage of their size working the ball around the perimeter before finding their inside players who combined for 25 points in the second half.

ASU went 5:05 in the second half without scoring as UDM was able to put up 11 points during ASU's cold streak.

"It was a tale of two halves, I thought we played a great first half, moving the ball, working our transition offense and defense well and we were able to make shots by making an extra pass and we just came out in the second half flat," head coach Lewis Jackson said.  "We stopped moving as well and we made some mistakes and they took advantage and then we got hung up there for a while without scoring and they were able to stretch it out."

"We started pressing and making bad decisions and you cannot do those things when you are on the road.  We have to keep our composure and continue to do those things that we were doing that was giving us success and we did not do that in the second half."

Tramaine Butler led the Hornets with 24 points and Kenderek Washington once again found double-digits by scoring 14 points.  Ivory White added eight points but only played 24 minutes due to foul trouble.

The Hornets though out sized battled hard on the boards only being our rebounded 37-36 for the game and actually outscored Detroit 19-12 in second chance points.

Once again the Hornets were out shot at the free throw line with UDM hitting 20 of their 30 attempts and ASU knocking down 13 of their 17.

McCallum paced the Titans to a 40-34 halftime lead with 14 points and Anderson added 10 as Detroit shot 52 percent from the field.  Detroit also took advantage of their free throw trips knocking down 11 of their 15 attempts.

ASU stayed close in the first half as Butler, playing in front of his home crowd, scored 12 points and Washington added nine.  ASU out rebounded the much taller Titans 21-16, but could only shoot 38 percent from the field in the opening half.

ASU will take a week off for the Christmas holidays and will be back in action when they play host to Reinhardt University, Thursday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m.

"We played hard and we have some things to build on," Jackson said.  "We are going to take a few days off and come in after Christmas and get back to work."