Detroit Mercy could not hold onto an 11-point lead early in the second half, as Toledo stormed back to win 73-65. Rockets senior guard Jonathan Williams led all scorers with a career-high 29 points, which included 9-20 shooting from the field. Williams also had a game-high 6 assists. Despite star freshman guard Corey Allen not playing today, Detroit Mercy was in control for much of the first half and went into halftime leading 30-27. After Toledo began to bridge the aforementioned gap, a crucial sequence of possessions proved to switch the momentum in the Rockets favor for good. After Toledo went up 57-56 with just under 8 minutes left, senior forward Steve Taylor Jr. blocked the layup attempt of Jarod Williams, which led to a Jonathan Williams layup on the other end. On the subsequent Titan possession, Taylor Jr. made another terrific block, this time on Titan junior forward Jaleel Hogan. These two defensive stands by Taylor Jr. were huge, as the Titans trailed the rest of the game. Taylor Jr. is making the most of his lone season with Toledo, after sitting out last season after transferring from Marquette. The burly, 6’9” player is averaging 15.7 points and 12 rebounds per game. Taylor Jr. had three blocks against the Titans, despite only having three total in the first 8 games. He ended up with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Chris Jenkins had by-far his best game of the season, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Josh McFolley handled the ball for much of game for the Titans, and finished with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Senior guard Jarod Williams had one of his better games with 13 points and 6 rebounds. But it was foul trouble that really hurt the Titans down the stretch. They had four players foul out of the game, including their starting forwards Gerald Blackshear and Hogan. All of those fouls led to a lot of Toledo free throws (23-36). The Titans actually out-rebounded the Rockets by six. But Toledo was able to convert on a lot of their second-chance opportunities, while the Titans were not. The most glaring stat for the Titans was their three-point shooting. Normally a solid shooting team from behind the arc, the Titans shot an abysmal 1-15 from downtown. Toledo did not scorch the nets either from long-range, going 8-24.
Toledo (4-5) looks to get to .500 on Saturday night, when they travel to West Virginia to take on former MAC rival Marshall.
Later this week, Detroit Mercy (1-8) will travel back down I-75 for another MAC showdown. They have a matinee game on Saturday at Bowling Green.