Antoine Davis sets career basketball scoring record at Detroit Mercy

Detroit Mercy basketball had not played since Dec. 19, thanks to three COVID cancellations; visiting Milwaukee would likely wish that streak lasted a few more days, as the Titans buried the Panthers on Friday night, 85-60.

Antoine Davis of the UDM started Friday 35 points behind Rashad Phillips (1998-2001) for the school’s all-time leading scorer. And nearly nine minutes later he was almost there, as the senior scored 19 of the Titans’ first 25 points – making six of six shots from the field, including five from 3 and two from the free throw line. – as they took a 25-10 lead at Calihan Hall.

“Honestly, I was just trying to do whatever I can for the team,” Davis said on ESPN2 after the game.

He didn’t stop there. He finished the half with 23 points, then scored 11 of the UDM’s 15 points in the first 4:26 to get closer to a point from Phillips. (Davis was actually credited with a 3-point pointer that would have equaled Phillips’ 2,319 points, but was demoted to a 2-point pointer when the video review showed his foot on the line.)

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Finally, with 6:07 remaining, Davis set the record. A foul on the Panthers’ Moses Bol sent Davis to the free throw line, where he sank both shots – although he needed a generous rim roll on the second – to become the top scorer in all time of the Titans. Minutes later Davis added an exclamation mark to the record, burying a 3 pointer from the “Dick Vitale Court” logo on the right side of the field, well behind the line. Longshot gave him 39 points for the game (on 13v20 shots, scoring 8: 13 on a 3-point range) and 2,323 in his career.

“I just started it early,” Davis said afterward. “Do what you do all the time.”

Phillips needed 129 appearances to establish the score at UDM, averaging 18 points per game. Davis, meanwhile, beat the mark in just 94 games, averaging 24.6 points per game heading into Friday’s game. This included a freshman season in which he set the NCAA record for 3 points by a freshman (previously held by Steph Curry) and a 2020-21 season in which he finished third in the NCAA in terms of scoring, with 24 points per game. Davis is a 39.7% career shooter, scoring 36.3% on a 3-point range. After building a reputation as a pure goalscorer in the freshman, Davis improved his assist game from 3.6 assists per game in the freshman to 5.2 this season.

Friday’s game was billed as a clash between the stars of the Horizon League, with Davis facing Milwaukee freshman Patrick Baldwin Jr., a screened NBA lottery pick playing for his father, the head coach. of the Panthers. Davis also played for his father: Mike Davis was hired at UDM and brought with him his son, who had enlisted in Houston, then Texas Southern. Along with his father and brother (Mike Davis Jr.) on the sidelines, Davis’s mother and grandmother were in the stands.

“Just to have my grandmother here is a blessing,” said Antoine Davis.

But Baldwin was injured Wednesday night, leaving the spotlight at ESPN2, with many NBA scouts in attendance, at Davis alone. And has he ever delivered.

In addition to the goalscoring record, Davis had six assists, seven rebounds and one steal for the UDM (5-7, 3-0 Horizon League). Nate Waterman had several assists from Davis and finished with 12 points on a 4v7 shot, all 3 points away. Madut Akec had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin McAdoo added 10 points and two rebounds. Josh Thomas led the Panthers (5-10, 3-3) with 19 points off the bench.

After the game, Davis was asked about the Titans’ future, having won five of the six games around their COVID-induced break.

“We’ve had a lot of momentum in the last few games …” said Davis. “I thought we were going to struggle a bit.”

Next, the Titans face Purdue Fort Wayne on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday; their Sunday game against Green Bay has been postponed due to COVID concerns within the Phoenix program.

Around the Horizon League

Oakland 108, Ohio Christian 40: With their game against Green Bay postponed due to Phoenix’s COVID concerns, the Golden Grizzlies found a quick game Friday night against the Trailblazers, a NAIA-level school. OU had no problem, however, shooting 62.7% while keeping Ohio Christian 28.6% from the field. Trey Townsend led the Golden Grizzlies with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Conway had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Micah Parrish added 17 points and eight rebounds. Jamal Cain and Jalen Moore, who have averaged 36.1 points per game this season, have not played.

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