Eastern Michigan spoils big night from Detroit Mercy’s Davis

Dec 18, 2022, 12:53 AM | Updated: 2:54 pm

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Emoni Bates and Tyson Acuff scored 19 points apiece and Eastern Michigan spoiled a big night by Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis in a 79-77 victory over the Titans on Sunday.

Davis scored 30 points for Detroit Mercy (5-7) to zip past Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins (3,008) into 10th place on the all-time scoring list. Davis, who came in averaging 24.3 points per game, upped his points total to 3,031. He passed Hawkins on a 3-pointer with 16:37 left in the first half. Davis needs 28 points to pass Saint Peter’s Keydren Clark for ninth place.

Davis and former Washington Huskies women’s standout Kelsey Plum are the only two players to top 3,000 points and 500 assists in an NCAA Division I career. Davis also extended his NCAA double-digit scoring streak to 123 straight games.

Yusuf Jihad’s three-point play with 2:35 left pulled the Eagles (3-9) even at 72. Acuff and Noah Farrakhan had back-to-back layups and Eastern Michigan grabbed a 76-72 lead. Gerald Liddell and Farrakhan traded two free throws before Davis sank a 3-pointer to get the Titans within 78-77 with 4 seconds left. Acuff sank 1 of 2 free throws for the Eagles and Davis missed a 3 at the buzzer.

Jihad finished with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Eastern Michigan. Farrakhan scored 11.

Liddell, who played three years at Texas and one at Alabama State before transferring to Detroit Mercy, finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. He has a double-double in all five games since becoming eligible to play. A.J. Oliver pitched in with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Despite the loss, the Titans lead the all-time series against the Eagles 59-21.

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