Hot-Shooting Detroit Defeats Butler, 76-65

DETROIT, MICH. -- Junior John Calliste led five Detroit players in double-figures and the host Titans put on a season-best, long-range shooting performance to hand Butler a 76-65 setback at Calihan Hall on Sunday (Jan. 8).  The loss snapped the Bulldogs' season-best, four-game winning streak.

Calliste, averaging 9.1 points coming into the game, hit three of five shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 16 points.  He was joined in double-figures by teammates Chase Simon (15), Ray McCallum (12), Donavan Foster (11) and Doug Anderson (10).  Detroit used nine players in the game and eight cracked the scoring column.

The Titans (8-10, 2-4 Horizon League), shooting just .268 from beyond the three-point arc prior to the game, wound up hitting nine of 16 (.563) long-range shots in the win.  Detroit connected on four of seven three-point attempts in the first half, while jumping to a 38-26 halftime lead.  The nine three-pointers were the most by the Titans against a Division I foe this season.

"I thought we got dominated right from the tip," said Butler head coach Brad Stevens after the game.  "(Detroit) did a great job.  They shot the heck out of it and they did a lot of other good things that led to them shooting it well."

Detroit, behind Simon, Anderson and McCallum, scored the first eight points of the game and was never headed.  The Titans stretched the lead to 25-8 on a three-point field goal by Calliste with 11:36 left in the first half and then took the 12-point margin to the locker room at halftime.

Butler (9-8, 3-2 HL) never got the lead under double-figures in the final 20 minutes.  The Bulldogs closed to within 11 at 53-42 with 11:13 left, but Detroit answered with a 16-4 to take its biggest lead of the game at 69-46.

The 23-point difference was Butler's biggest deficit of the season.

The Titans shot 53.2% (25-47) from the field and 81% (17-21) from the free throw line for the game.  Detroit hit 61.9% (13-21) of its shots in the second half!

Senior Ronald Nored led the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points, while sophomore Khyle Marshall came off the bench with 11.  The Bulldogs, coming off a one-point win at Wright State two nights earlier, shot just 35.5% in the first half and 43.1% for the game.  Butler managed just six of 11 (54.5%) from the free throw line, and finished the game with 14 turnovers.

"We just weren't very good today, there's no two ways around it," added Stevens.

Butler will try to bounce back with a pair of home games against two of the league's three first place teams.  The Bulldogs will host Cleveland State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, and then take on Youngstown State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.  The two foes are currently tied with Milwaukee atop the league standings with 4-1 records.