Antoine Davis sets Detroit Mercy basketball career scoring record

Detroit Mercy basketball hadn’t played since Dec. 19, thanks to three COVID cancellations; visiting Milwaukee is likely wishing that streak had gone on a few days longer, as the Titans buried the Panthers on Friday night, 85-60.

UDM’s Antoine Davis started Friday 35 points behind Rashad Phillips (1998-2001) for the school’s all-time scoring lead. And nearly nine minutes in, he was nearly there, as the senior scored 19 of the Titans’ first 25 points — making six of six shots from the field, including five 3-pointers, and two of two from the free-throw line — as they leapt to a 25-10 lead at Calihan Hall.

“Honestly, I was just trying to do whatever I could for the team,” Davis said.

He didn’t stop there. He finished the half with 23 points, then scored 11 of UDM’s 15 points over the first 4:26 to draw within one point of Phillips. (Davis was actually credited with a 3-pointer that would have tied Phillips’ 2,319 points, but it was downgraded to a 2-pointer when video review showed his foot on the line.)

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Finally, with 6:07 remaining, Davis set the record. A foul on the Panthers’ Moses Bol sent Davis to the free-throw line, where he sank both shots — though he needed a generous roll off the rim on the second — to become the Titans’ all-time leading scorer. A couple minutes later, Davis added an exclamation point to the record, burying a 3-pointer from the “Dick Vitale Court” logo on the right side of the court, well behind the line. The long shot gave him 39 points for the game (on 13-for-20 shooting, with an 8-for-13 mark from 3-point range) and 2,323 in his career.

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