Imagine facing off against your father's alma mater. Only it wasn't just any school he played for, it was Michigan. And he wasn't just any player, he was part of the Fab Five.
That was the atmosphere that Juwan Howard, Jr. stepped into Thursday night at Crisler Arena. And while he had quite a night for the Titans, it wasn't enough as Michigan downed Detroit, 71-62.
Howard finished with 24 points on 9 of 23 shooting, leading all scorers, while adding eight boards to his stat line.
But Spike Albrecht sparked a run with five minutes remaining, and the score tied at 52. He ran all over the court, causing havoc for the Titans, and leading the Michigan offense. Using a "Ground and Pound" attack reminiscent of football, the Wolverines wore down the Titans and ran out a 16-1 run over a three minute stretch to put the game away.
Michigan's Caris LeVert led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Zak Irvin added 18 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 16 points and six boards.
Detroit's Brandan Kearney sunk three 3-pointers and scored 14 overall while Paris Bass added 12 points and six boards.
Michigan put the game away at the free throw line, going 16-for 20 overall, and 12 of 15 in the second half when Detroit committed 13 fouls.
Detroit will host South Alabama on Saturday, while Michigan next meets up with Oregon at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.