DETROIT– Oakland ran off to a 52-34 first-half lead and stopped an end of the game rally by Detroit Mercy to take a 89-80 victory at Calihan Hall. The Golden Grizzlies got 23 from both Jalen Hayes and Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Martez Walker added 20 in a Horizon League rivalry game.
A good crowd turned out as ESPN’s Dick Vitale emceed the festivities and the 1976-77 team was honored in a 40th season reunion celebration. Former Coach Vitale along with assistant Smokey Gaines had tremendous success that year, going 25-4. Included in their NCAA Tournament season was a 21 game win-streak. Teammate Terry Duerod had his # 42 jersey retired. Duerod, a retired Detroit Firefighter was joined by John Long, Dennis Boyd, Ron Bostick, Wilbert McCormick and the rest of the team for the reunion weekend.
Hayes showcased a complete game for Oakland (19-7). He also had four steals and three blocked shots. Hayes scored eight points and Isaiah Brock had two dunks, two steals, three rebounds and one assist during a first half Oakland 20-5 run. Junior forward Jaleel Hogan and sophomore guard Josh McFolley each had 20-point nights for the Titans (6-19). Detroit Mercy would get to within eight points, 88-80, with 39 seconds left after Josh McFolley converted on all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot.
The Horizon League has branded their playoffs as ‘Motor City Madness’ and they will take place at Joe Louis Arena, March 3-7, in Detroit.
1976-77 University of Detroit Titans – (25-4)
F John Long 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) — Jr
C Terry Tyler 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) — Jr
G Terry Duerod 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) — So
G Dennis Boyd 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) — Sr
F Ron Bostick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) — Sr
F Jeff Whitlow 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) — So
G Turono Anderson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) — Jr
G Wilbert McCormick 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) — Fr
G Dave Niles 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) — Fr
C Keith Jackson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) — Jr
F Wilbur Ross 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)