Detroit 74, Illinois-Chicago 68

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Guard Anton Wilson scored on a three-point play with six seconds to left to help lift Detroit to a 74-68 Horizon League victory over Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night at Calihan Hall.

The Titans (10-13, 3-5) saw their lead shrink to 70-68 with 11 seconds remaining following a 3-pointer from Flames guard Kelsey Barlow. But Wilson drove for a successful layup, was fouled and hit a free throw to open a 73-68 advantage.

The loss was the 11th straight for the Flames (5-17, 0-8), who remain winless since an 88-61 non-conference win over Purdue-Calumet on Dec. 17.

Titans forward Juwan Howard Jr. scored a game-high 25 points, his ninth game of 20 points or better. Wilson had 16, forward Evan Bruinsma added 15 and center Ugochukwu Njoku collected 12 rebounds.

Guard Marc Brown topped the Flames with 24 points, Barlow had 18 and forward Jake Wiegand added 13.

Detroit threatened to pull away late in the first half, opening a 37-29 lead on Matthew Grant's 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. But Wiegand's layup with 15 seconds showing closed the gap to 37-31.

The Flames further tightened the game early in the second half and took a brief 52-50 lead on Barlow's jumper at the 13:18 mark. The Flames' last lead, at 54-52, came with 11:49 left on Brown's two free throws.

Both teams wrapped up the first half of Horizon League play on Wednesday. Detroit hosts Cleveland State on Friday while Illinois-Chicago entertains Valparaiso on Saturday.
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