John Niyo, James Hawkins and Matt Charboneau preview the Michigan State and Michigan college basketball seasons. The Detroit News, The Detroit News
Kalamazoo — Seth Dugan scored a career-high 32 points along with a career-high 22 rebounds and Western Michigan beat Detroit Mercy 89-76 in Tuesday night’s season opener for both teams.
Nine of Dugan’s 22 boards came on the offensive end where he shot 12 of 18. Dugan became the first player to grab at least 20 rebounds in the Broncos’ program since 1994. Overall, the Broncos had a 56-38 rebounding advantage against the Titans. Josh Davis also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Detroit Mercy enjoyed brief success and led 7-2 before a 3-point play and layup by Dugan tied it, Jared Printy hit a 3-pointer and Western Michigan led the rest of the way. Dugan’s back-to-back tipins with 9:51 before halftime made it 27-17.
The Broncos outscored the Titans 18-11 for a 17-point halftime lead. The Titans never reduced their deficit to less than 12 in the second half.
Antoine Davis scored 32 points for Detroit Mercy in the head-coaching debut of Mike Davis, Antoine's father.
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►(At) Central Michigan 98, Concordia 67: Kevin McKay scored 18 of his 27 in the second half and Central Michigan rolled.
McKay was 10-of-13 from the field and 7-of-10 from the foul line while making his first career start for the Chippewas. Shawn Roundtree added 18 points, Larry Austin scored 17 and David DiLeo had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Chippewas scored the first 14 and led by at least 10 for the rest of the game.
Central Michigan went into the break with a 41-25 lead and outscored the Cardinals 57-42 in the second half.
The Chippewas made 36 of 65 (57.5 percent) from the field.
Jalen Thompson had 17 points and Jerald Booker added 14 for Concordia.
►(At) Eastern Michigan 77, Rochester 67: Paul Jackson poured in a career-high 27 points, transfer Boubacar Toure had a double-double and Eastern Michigan pulled away from NAIA Rochester College.
Toure had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles. Damari Parris also had 15 points and James Thompson IV added 12.
Kash Blackwell led the Warriors (3-2) with 21 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers.
Rochester only shot 38.5 percent but made 11 of 33 from distance. The Eagles, who had a 46-26 rebounding advantage, shot 53 percent but was only 4 of 14 behind the arc.
►(At) Michigan State 99, Bowling Green 69: Five Spartans scored in double figures, led by Jenna Allen, who had 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Taryn McCutcheon also had a double-double (16 points, 12 assists), Nia Clouden scored 14, Sidney Crooks 13 and Shay Colley 11.
Andrea Cecil scored 19 to lead Bowling Green.
►(At) Oakland 94, Grace Christian 48: Taylor Jones scored 26 to go with nine assists and four steals, and Chloe Guingrich had 16 points in the Golden Grizzlies' rout.
Miranda Carlson scored 23 to lead Grace Christian.
►(At) Detroit Mercy 68, Michigan-Dearborn 60: Zoey Oatis had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Lexey Tobel scored 23 as the Titans won their opener.
Sade Lemons scored 23 to lead UM-Dearborn.