Friday’s roundup: Detroit improves to 3-0 in Horizon

Detroit News staff and wires

Detroit — Paris Bass led five players in double figures with 16 points and Detroit got off to a fast start to defeat Illinois-Chicago, 87-69, on Friday night.

Carlton Brundidge had 15 points and Chris Jenkins 14 for the Titans (9-5, 3-0 Horizon League), who are off to their best start in league play since the 1998-99 team won its first four. They have also won 12 straight on Dick Vitale Court.

Dikembe Dixson had 22 points and Najeal Young 15 for the Flames (2-11, 0-2), who lost their third straight.

Jenkins, who had 12 points in the first half, had a jumper and a pair of 3-point plays as the Titans raced to a 17-2 lead with 15 straight points. UIC didn’t make its first field goal until Lance Whitaker’s jumper at 13:19 made it 17-4.

Jaleel Hogan scored the last six points to give Detroit a 47-27 lead at the half.

More Horizon men

Valparaiso 84, (at) Oakland 67: Tevonn Walker made 6 of 8 3-point shots to score 24 points with seven rebounds for Valparaiso.

The Golden Grizzlies kept it tight in the first half and had their last lead at 32-30 on Nick Daniels’ pair of free throws with 2:16 left. Valparaiso closed the half on a 7-2 run to lead 37-34.

Kay Felder led Oakland (9-7, 1-2 Horizon) with 20 points on 8-of-28 shooting. Jalen Hayes added 13, Max Hooper 12 and Sherron Dorsey-Walker 11.

Alec Peters added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Vashil Fernandez had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders (12-3, 2-0), who have won six of seven.

Valparaiso used a 10-0 run to lead 49-38 on Walker’s 3-pointer with 15:20 left. Oakland had a 7-2 spurt to get back within six, but Valparaiso answered with an identical run and steadily pulled away from there.

MAC men

(At) Akron 62, Western Michigan 53: Antino Jackson scored 15 points and Jake Kretzer added 13 to lead Akron to its 10th straight win.

The Zips (13-1, 2-0 Mid-American) led 34-23 at the half and then made 15 of 25 free throws in the second half to offset 23 percent shooting (5 of 22).

Thomas Wilder had 26 points and Anthony Avery Jr. had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Broncos (6-9, 0-2), who suffered through a miserable shooting night.

Western Michigan went 2-of- 19 from 3-point range to shoot 32 percent from the field (21-of- 66) and was just 9-of-17 from the foul line, which offset a 50-35 rebounding advantage, 24-11 on the offensive end.

After pulling within five with 6:11 to play, the Broncos went 2 of 8 from the field and 1 of 3 from the line with two turnovers.