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Saturday's state basketball: Davis scores season-high 43 in Detroit Mercy’s 90-88 victory

Detroit News staff and wires

Antoine Davis scored a season-high 43 points and his two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining provided the winning points in Detroit Mercy’s 90-88 victory over IUPUI on Saturday in a regular-season finale.

Davis’ free throws gave Detroit a four-point lead before IUPUI had a layup in the final second.

Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis

Davis came into the game ranked fourth nationally in scoring at 23.7 points per game. He was 15 of 28 from the floor against the Jaguars, making 6 of 16 3-point attempts and 7 of 8 free throws. It was the sophomore’s third career 40-point game.

Marquis Moore had 16 points and eight rebounds for Detroit (8-23, 6-12 Horizon League), which ended its four-game road losing streak. Chris Brandon added 10 rebounds.

Marcus Burk had 24 points for the Jaguars (7-24, 3-15). Elyjah Goss scored a career-high 23 points and had 12 rebounds. Jaylen Minnett had 22 points.

The Titans also defeated IUPUI 76-64 on Jan. 23.

More state men

(At) Eastern Michigan 67, Central Michigan 63: Boubacar Toure scored 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had a career-high five blocked shots and Eastern Michigan closed the game with a 16-2 run to defeat Central Michigan.

Yeikson Montero added 17 points for Eastern Michigan (16-13, 6-10 Mid-American Conference) and Ty Groce 14.

Dallas Morgan had 16 points for the Chippewas (13-16, 6-10), whose losing streak stretched to eight games. David DiLeo added 14 points and Kevin McKay 11 and Rob Montgomery had a career-high 16 rebounds.

Morgan’s 3-pointer at the 5:15 mark had Central Michigan on top 61-51 but from there the Chippewas missed their last five shots and had three turnovers.

Montero had back-to-back 3-pointers and Boubacar’s dunk and 3-point play with 1:10 to play put the Eagles on top 63-61.

Montgomery made two free throws with just under a minute to go tied the game but Boubacar made two free throws at 44 seconds to put EMU back on top.

(At) Western Michigan 72, Northern Illinois 69: Brandon Johnson and Michael Flowers scored 20 points apiece and Jared Printy buried a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining to send Western Michigan past Northern Illinois.

Johnson sank 7 of 11 shots from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds for the Broncos (12-17, 5-11 Mid-American Conference), who snapped a five-game skid. Flowers buried 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 from distance.

Eugene German came off the bench to score 23 to pace the Huskies (17-12, 10-6), who entered the day in first place in the West Division. Lacey James contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Darius Beane finished with 11 points and six boards.

The Broncos led 32-24 at halftime, but Northern Illinois battled back to knot the score at 69 on German’s layup with 33 seconds left. Printy followed with his go-ahead 3 before German misfired from beyond the arc with a chance to tie.

Western Michigan shot 54% from the floor and 63% from beyond the arc (12 of 19). The Broncos hit 8 of 13 foul shots. Northern Illinois shot 48% overall but just 33% from distance (6 of 18) and 50% at the free-throw line (10 of 20).

Oakland 68, (at) Illinois-Chicago 66: Sophomore Rashad Williams poured in 29 points and Oakland held off Illinois-Chicago.

Williams sank 8 of 17 shots from the floor and made 8 of 10 at the free-throw line for the Golden Grizzlies (13-18, 8-10 Horizon League). Xavier Hill-Mais pitched in with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Daniel Oladapo scored 12 with six rebounds, while Brad Brechting contributed 10 points and six boards.

Oakland used a Hill-Mais bucket to take a 45-43 lead with 14:06 remaining and the two teams kept it a one-possession game until Hill-Mais’ three-point play put the Golden Grizzlies up 64-59 with 4:35 left. Marcus Ottey made 1 of 2 free throws with 13 seconds to go to pull UIC within 67-66. Williams sank 1 of 2 foul shots before Hill-Mais blocked Ottey’s 3-pointer to close out the victory.

Tarkus Ferguson scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half for the Flames (15-16, 10-8), who led 37-33 at intermission. Godwin Boahen scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half.

Oakland shot 41% from the floor, 33% from 3-point range (5 of 15) and made only 19 of 29 free throws. UIC shot 42% overall, 26% from distance (6 of 23) and missed half of its 20 free throws.

MIAA championship game

Adrian 80, Trine 72

State women

(At) Ball State 67, Central Michigan 62: Sydney Freeman scored 18, Oshlynn Brown 17 and Thelma Dis Agustsdottir 13 as Ball State (20-8,12-4 Mid-American) roared out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and held on to end Central's 15-game winning streak. Micaela Kelly had 17 points and Molly Davis 14 to lead Central (22-5, 15-1).

(At) Eastern Michigan 64, Toledo 46: Corrione Cardwell fired in 19 points, shooting 7 of 10 from the field, while Areanna Combs added 15 points and Courtnie Lewis 12 for Eastern (14-13; 9-7 MAC). Tanaya Beacham had 19 points to lead Toledo (11-16; 6-10).

(At) Western Michigan 63, Northern Illinois 50: Jordan Walker dropped in 33 points, going 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, while Leighah-Amori Wool and Sydney Shafer each had 10 points to lead Western Michigan (16-11,9-7 MAC). Myria Starks scored 14 and Gabby Nikitinaite 12 for Northern Illinois (9-18,5-11).

Northern Kentucky 67, (at) Oakland 65: Ally Niece had 24 points, including the winning free throw with six seconds left, as Northern Kentucky (18-11, 12-6 Horizon) handed Oakland its fifth defeat in six games. Alona Blackwell and Kayla Luchenbach each had 13 points for Oakland (11-18, 6-12).

Wright State 66, (at) Detroit Mercy 58: Michal Miller went 8 of 15 from the floor to finish with 25 points to lead Wright State (18-11, 13-5 Horizon). Aly Reiff had 11 points and Bridgid Fox 10 for Mercy (3-26, 3-15).

MIAA championship game

Hope 59, Trine 55