Juwan Howard Jr. scored eighteen total points against Toledo during his freshman season at Western Michigan.
On Tuesday night, Howard eclipsed that and more, scoring 28 points for the Detroit Titans this time at Savage Arena. Howard helped the Titans score a high-scoring 83-79 win over the Rockets, which snapped Toledo's 18-game home winning streak.
While Toledo played a pretty good overall game, it wasn't enough in the end. Shooting 56% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line usually results in a win, but Detroit matched them in every category. The Titans finished with a 53% field goal percentage and an incredible 94% mark from the free throw line.
Where Detroit really won the game was on the block. The Titans outrebounded Toledo 29-20 and limited the Rockets to only two offensive rebounds. While there weren't a lot of missed shots to gobble up, Detroit did a better job of it and it led to more scoring opportunities.
A major issue for the Rockets was the bench play. Toledo only had five bench points between four players, and of those four players only one even attempted a field goal. Justin Drummond was the only one in foul trouble, but when the starters needed a rest nothing came from the bench. If any number of Toledo's starters get in foul trouble early, they could be hurting if the bench isn't able to come in and contribute.
The starters did basically everything for Toledo. J.D. Weatherspoon led the way with twenty, while Jonathan Williams followed him up with seventeen. Julius Brown made sure to get his near double-double, scoring eleven points and dishing out six assists.
Paris Bass and Jarod Williams played well for the Titans, scoring fourteen and thirteen points, respectively.
Toledo gets a few days off before playing again at Oakland on Saturday. The Golden Grizzlies are 1-4 and are coming off of their first victory of the season over Chicago State.