Thursday's basketball: Davis shatters freshman 3-point record as Detroit Mercy wins

Detroit News staff and wires
Detroit Mercy freshman Antoine Davis

Detroit — Antoine Davis broke Stephen Curry’s freshman 3-point record early in the second half and finished with 20 points, leading Detroit Mercy to an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night.

Davis swished a 30-footer from the right wing for shot No. 123 beyond the arc to surpass the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago. The feat was celebrated briefly in front of a sparse crowd at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry’s record was broken.

The Golden State Warriors superstar says he has heard about Davis, adding he wasn’t aware he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman.

The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry’s mark with a 3-pointer in the first half. Davis was 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 seconds left. He is coached by his father, Mike Davis, a former Indiana coach.

McFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League). Camron Justice had 22 points for the Jaguars (16-13, 8-9).

More state men

(At) Oakland 86, Illinois-Chicago 72: Brad Brechting had 20 points and made all 10 of his free-throw attempts.

Jaevin Cumberland had 16 points and six rebounds for Oakland (14-16, 10-7 Horizon League). He also had seven turnovers but only six assists. Tray Maddox Jr. added 15 points. Karmari Newman had 13 points for the hosts.

The Golden Grizzlies forced a season-high 20 turnovers.

Godwin Boahen had 20 points and seven assists for the Flames (15-15, 9-8).

The Golden Grizzlies improve to 2-0 against the Flames for the season.

(At) Ashland 70, Wayne State 63: Aaron Thompson scored 19 and SDrew Noble 18 for Ashland (22-5, 14-5 GLIAC). Karim Murray scored 18 and Xavier Cochran 13 for Wayne State (8-16, 7-12).

Big Ten

Minnesota 62, (at) Northwestern 50: Amir Coffey tied a career high with 32 points and set one with 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota. The Golden Gophers (18-11, 8-10 Big Ten) had dropped six of seven to jeopardize their NCAA Tournament hopes. But with Coffey leading the way, Minnesota got the win it needed and snapped a six-game road losing streak in the process.

Minnesota has two tough games left — at home against No. 14 Purdue and at No. 17 Maryland — before the conference tournament begins.

Coffey played all 40 minutes while matching a high for points he set against Nebraska in December and easily surpassing his previous best of seven rebounds. The 6-foot-8 junior made 12 of 19 shots overall — 3 of 6 3-pointers.

Last-place Northwestern (12-16, 3-14) has lost nine straight and is on its worst skid since dropping 10 in a row during the 2014-15 season.

Top 25


No. 1 Gonzaga 86, (at) Pacific 66: Brandon Clarke had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and Gonzaga extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games.Rui Hachimura added 27 points and Zach Norvell Jr. scored 12 for the Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 West Coast Conference).

No. 24 Wofford 80, (at) Chattanooga 54: Wofford made a successful debut as an AP Top 25 team. Fletcher Magee scored 18 and the 24th-ranked Terriers (25-4, 17-0 Southern Conference) pulled away in the second half. Chattanooga is 12-18, 7-10.

(At) California 76, No. 25 Washington 73: Darius McNeill scored 19 points and Connor Vanover added 18 to help California (6-22, 1-15) snap a 23-game losing streak in Pac-12 play. David Crisp scored 32 points to lead Washington (22-6, 13-2), but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to set off a rare celebration at Haas Pavilion.

State women

Northern Kentucky 74, (at) Oakland 63: Ally Niece scored 16 and Emmy Souder 14 for Northern Kentucky (10-17, 9-8 Horizon League). Kahlaijah Dean scored 17 and Taylor Jones 14 for Oakland (6-22, 3-14).

Wright State 76, (at) Detroit Mercy 73: Angel baker scored 20 for Wright State (23-6, 15-2 Horizon). Paige Bellman scored 19 and Jess Bicknell 14 for Detroit Mercy (4-24, 2-15).

(At) Ashland 94, Wayne State 53: Jodi Johnson scored 19 for Ashland (26-2, 8-2 GLIAC). Nastassja Chambers scored 14 for Wayne State (13-15, 8-12).