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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:45 pm

Today’s great Calihan Hall moment: The Titan WBB team posted a 53-point victory in its first varsity game, played on 12/1/77. Final score was Detroit 82, Olivet 29.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:08 pm

Today’s Calihan Hall great moment happened on 2/28/85 when the Titans defeated #4 Memphis State, 71-66.

Here’s how the Commish recalled that victory in a previous thread, a contest he ranked #12 on a list of the most historic Titan games ever:

“The rejuvenated Titans had won 10 of their last 12 as #4 Memphis, 23-2, came to Calihan to close out the 1985 regular season.

“Before a crowd of 8133, the largest at Calihan in six years, the Titans jumped out early, leading 41-29 at the half. Memphis kept chipping away in the second half, cutting the lead to 65-62 with two minutes to play, but the Titans hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Greg Wendt scored 23 and Keith Gray 21 for Detroit, but the key to the win was the play of sophomore Brian Humes, who held Memphis All-American Keith Lee to just 5 of 18 shooting from the floor, while scoring 13 points himself.

“With the win, the Titans had reason to hope for an NIT bid, but a first round loss to Xavier in the MCC tournament killed that possibility. The Titans’ win has also been tainted over the years by allegations that Memphis threw the game. There is some belief that Memphis players were initially trying to simply make sure that the Tigers won the game without beating the spread, only to have the Titans nab the whole thing. Arguably Memphis coach Dana Kirk’s post game comments - ‘Sometimes you come into a place like Detroit and the players don’t know what to expect, so they don’t play hard’ – support the idea that Memphis players simply seemed lazy in the early going. However, the point-shaving allegations were never proven.

“The Titans finished the year at 16-13, their only winning season between 1981 and 1993. To date, this game remains the Titans’ last victory over a Top 10 ranked team – far and away our longest drought ever.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:00 pm

The University of Detroit’s 91-71 romp over Jesuit-rival Georgetown on 2/3/79 in front of 7,000+ fans is today's “#CalihanHall 65 Great Moments In 65 Days.”

Commish rated this victory #9 in a previous thread ranking the top Titan games of all time. His commentary:

“The Titans had just missed the NCAA tournament in 1978 despite a glittering 24-3 record, primarily because of their soft schedule. Coach Smokey Gaines had thought a victory at Georgetown in mid-February might clinch the bid, or a win over Marquette in the season’s final game, would clinch a bid, but the Titans lost by one at Georgetown and by 3 to Marquette, and ended up settling for the NIT.

“The 1979 season began to shape up much the same way. The Titans were 15-4 and again on the edge, with a nice record but lacking the marquee wins the selection committee would want to see, as they headed into back to back games with 17th ranked Georgetown and at #9 Marquette three days later.

“Against Georgetown, this time is was all Titans, start to finish. The Titans broke to an early 10-2 lead and the Hoyas never got closer than 5 points. It was 36-28 at the half, and then Detroit tore up the Hoyas in the second period. UD shot 55% from the floor and 25 of 32 from the line. Wilbert McCormick, the goat of the prior season’s loss to Georgetown, scored 22 to lead the Titans. Terry Duerod added 20 while Earl Cureton and Jerry Davis each chipped in with 12 points and Dave Niles had 10.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Tacitus651 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:18 pm

Greatest moment at Calihan was me getting a law degree. Freakin' miracle.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:23 pm

Dave DeBusschere netted 30 as U-D defeated #17 Notre Dame, 68-61, on 1/19/60, is today’s great Calihan Hall moment. This one was ranked #36 on the Commish’s list of all-time Titan historic games. His commentary follows:

“This game was one of many landmarks in the Debusschere-led rejuvenation of UD basketball.

“The Titans and the Irish first squared off in 1912, but not until 1955 did the Titans score a win in the series, when Bill Ebben poured in 32 points and the Titans blew out a sub-par Notre Dame squad in Memorial Hall. But Notre Dame won the next four meetings to take a 29-1 lead in the series. Included in those four wins was a 75-63 thrashing of Detroit in South Bend just 10 days before this game in Memorial Hall on January 19, 1960.

“Detroit entered the game with a record of 12-2 and #20 ranking in AP poll released earlier that day. The Titans only loss besides the defeat in South Bend was an 89-85 loss at Indiana in December. Notre Dame came in at 11-3, with a #17 ranking from UPI. A then-record 9353 fans packed into Memorial Hall for the game.

“The clubs see-sawed through the first half, with Notre Dame taking a 26-22 lead late in the half, but the Titans closed the period on a 8-2 run with a pair of buckets by DeBusschere, two Charlie North free throws, and a jumper by Larry Hughes just before the buzzer. Notre Dame rallied behind Emmitt McCarthy in the second half, tying the score on 4 occasions, but DeBusschere knocked in 17 of his game high 30 points in the second half, and after opening a lead midway through the second half, the Titans used a semi-stall to hold off Notre Dame for the final seven minutes. McCarthy led Notre Dame with 22 points. North and Ray Albee supported DeBusschere with 11 and 15 points, respectively.

“The victory, followed by an 82-62 rout of Central Michigan in which DeBusschere grabbed 39 rebounds, boosted Detroit to #14 in the next poll. Unfortunately, the Titans lost 4 of their last 9 to finish the regular season at 20-6. The Titans still got an NCAA bid, but had accepted an NIT bid moments before. There they lost an 88-86 first round heartbreaker to Villanova. Notre Dame also struggled down the stretch and finished 17-9 – but for the Irish, that was enough for an NCAA bid.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:05 pm

Today’s great Calihan Hall moment: the Titans' home winning streak peaked at 39 games on 1/31/02 when they beat UIC, 74-67.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:49 pm

Today’s Calihan Hall great moment: Powered by Owen Wells' 38 points, U-D had a huge 70-59 win over Michigan on 12/8/73.

I remember attending this exciting game in my freshman year. The Commish ranked it #6 on his list of historic Titan wins. Here’s his recollection of that momentous night the Wolverines got spanked in Calihan:

“It was Dick Vitale’s rookie season in Detroit, and his first big game. Detroit had been competitive on the floor during Jim Harding’s last years – his last two clubs had gone a combined 34-15 and just missed the NIT each year - but disappointment over the early departure of Spencer Haywood, weariness with the seemingly endless player suspensions and controversies, and Harding’s own nasty personality had led to a steep decline in attendance. UD couldn’t afford to buy out Harding’s contract, but they were happy to see him go.

“New Coach Dick Vitale brought incredible enthusiasm, but it remained to be seen if that could transfer to on the court victories. Harding had not left the cupboard completely bare. Returning talent included the team’s MVP from 1973, a big forward named Owen Wells, a promising sophomore guard named Riley Dotson, and a good junior forward named Terry Thomas. Still, the Titans were thin and the preseason press predicted a dismal season for the Titans and their enthusiastic new coach.

“By the time the University of Michigan came to town in early December, the Titans had won their first three games of the season, but those victories - over Hillsdale, Cleveland St., and St. John’s of Ohio – were hardly unexpected. Whether UD could hang with the big boys… well, let’s just say there were more than a few doubters. Michigan entered the game 2-0, with double digit wins at Toledo and over Southern Illinois.

“But before a packed house of 7485 at Memorial Building (nee Calihan Hall), the Titans jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first seven minutes and never let up. By halftime, it was 44-30; four minutes into the second half, it was 53-35, and from there the Titans coasted home.

“The Titans couldn’t stop Michigan All-American Campy Russell, who scored 26 points on 11 of 23 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds, but Detroit smothered his teammates, who combined made just 13 of 46 shots from the floor. And Russell was outshone by Titan star Owen Wells, who connected on 15 of 25 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the line for 38 points, and had 9 rebounds to boot. Wells left the game with minutes remaining to a thundering ovation from the crowd and a big hug from Vitale.

“For the Titan faithful, this win indicated that the Vitale era was not going to be all hype and no substance. The Titans, projected to have a losing season, would go on to start the season 11-1, including wins over Michigan St. and Minnesota, on their way to a 17-9 finish.

“Michigan, meanwhile, while not ranked at game time, would go on to end the season ranked 6th in the country, it’s only other regular season losses at Indiana, at UCLA, and to Purdue, before losing to 3rd ranked Marquette by 2 in the NCAA.

“This victory made the acrimony of the Harding years a distant memory overnight, reignited fan interest in UD basketball.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:49 pm

U-D’s 63-54 win over #23 ranked Butler on 1/10/02 is today's Calihan Hall great moment. Commish ranked this #23 on his list of historic Titan games, and his commentary follows:

“Detroit had trouble adjusting to the loss of two-time Horizon Player of the Year Rashad Phillips. Five consecutive losses left UD with a 6-8 record as once-beaten, 23rd ranked Butler came to Calihan in early January, 2002. Before the game 1999 Horizon Player of the Year Jermaine Jackson visited the Titans, and told the players that they had to defend their home court. Whether that played a role is unclear, but what is clear is that Greg Grays scored 10 points in the final four minutes and the Titans extended their home court winning streak to 36 games with a 63-54 victory.

“The Titans held a narrow lead at the half and then held Butler without a field goal for over seven minutes to open a 39-29 lead with just under ten minutes to play. Butler clawed its way back and tied the game at 47 on a three-point play by Rylan Hainje with 3:55 remaining. At that point, Grays took over the game. He hit a pair of free throws at 3:38 to break the tie, and another pair to put the Titans up 4. After a defensive stop, Grays knocked down a three pointer, and then a bucket by Willie Green boosted the Titan lead to 10 and pretty well wrapped it up. Grays led the Titans with 17 points. Terrell Riggs added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Green added 10 points and 8 rebounds.

“The win kept Detroit from opening Conference play 0-3 for the first time since 1992. It also helped to turn the season around – the Titans finished the regular season on a 12-4 run and snagged a surprise birth in the NIT. There they lost to Dayton in the first round. The home court win streak would also be snapped later in the seaon, in a 65-61 loss to Green Bay. The loss dropped Butler to 14-2. The Dogs would finish the season 26-6, losing to Syracuse in the second round of the NIT.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:50 pm

Hall-of-Famer Perry Watson making his collegiate debut against Wayne State on 11/27/93 is today's “#CalihanHall 65 Great Moment In 65 Days.”

My recollection of this game (a UDM loss) is that it was played at Cobo Arena, not on campus. I believe the Titans didn’t return to Calihan until the following year.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:32 pm

A facility record 11,065 fans crammed into Calihan Hall on 3/4/78 to see U-D face #3 Marquette is today's “#CalihanHall 65 Great Moments In 65 Days.”

I was packed like a sardine sitting on the top row of the bleachers for that game. Anyone else on this board part of that record crowd?
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby TerryTylerFan » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:32 pm

Rogobob77 wrote:A facility record 11,065 fans crammed into Calihan Hall on 3/4/78 to see U-D face #3 Marquette is today's “#CalihanHall 65 Great Moments In 65 Days.”

I was packed like a sardine sitting on the top row of the bleachers for that game. Anyone else on this board part of that record crowd?

I was there, also packed in the north bleachers. Butch Lee essentially clinching the win by stripping Dennis Boyd while Boyd was getting instructions from Vitale is a recurring nightmare!
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Titan Jim » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:45 pm

I was there. One of my favorite Calihan memories!
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:33 pm

Can I assume that last night's game will not be #66?
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Commissioner » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:04 am

MooseGuy1 wrote:Can I assume that last night's game will not be #66?

666
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Motor City Sam » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:10 am

Commissioner wrote:
MooseGuy1 wrote:Can I assume that last night's game will not be #66?

666


Bravo.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:46 pm

The Titans’ 74-67 victory over DePaul on 12/27/75 sealed their 12th Motor City Classic championship, today's “65 Great Moments In 65 Days.”

Commish ranked this #46 on his list of historic wins. His remarks:

“Entering his third season as Titan head coach, Dick Vitale had restored excitement to the UD campus and the entire Detroit metro area, but UD had yet to make post-season play, despite getting consideration in each of the prior two seasons. For season three, Vitale had managed to finagle a visit to Calihan Hall by North Carolina, and an attractive home schedule also featured Michigan State, Dayton, and Marquette, and hopefully a match-up with DePaul in the Motor City Classic. Vitale spent the off-season hyping his Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside combo of sophomores Terry Tyler and John Long. Tyler had averaged 8.3 ppg and Long 17.1 as freshmen.

“But the Titans stumbled early, losing road games to Central Michigan and Bradley, and dropping an 81-71 decision to Western Michigan at home (that Western team, some will recall, ended the season at 26-3 and ranked 10th in the nation, but few realized yet in December how good it was). Detroit recovered with solid wins over Michigan St., Xavier, and Wyoming, and entered the finals of the Motor City Classic with a 5-3 record. Center Dave Corzine led DePaul, which sported a 7-1 record after beating George Washington in the first round of the Motor City tourney. DePaul had defeated #6 Louisville earlier in the month.

“The game was a close knit affair much of the way, but Corzine fouled out and the Titans held DePaul to just 4 points in the final eight minutes to pull away for a relatively easy win.

“Detroit did not get a post-season bid in 1976, despite an overall 19-8 record including a 17-5 finish, but the strong finish set Detroit up well for success the following season. DePaul finished the season ranked 17th in the nation, and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:24 pm

Today’s Calihan Hall great moment: Dave DeBusschere powered the Titans to a 93-89 overtime win over #10 Villanova on 2/3/62.

Commish had this #13 on his list of historic program games. His commentary:

“Midway through Dave DeBusschere’s final season, Detroit was struggling along at 11-6. Villanova, previously ranked as high as 5th in early January, came to town ranked 10th nationally at 15-3.

“A sellout crowd watched as DeBusschere tied the game at 79-79 with 18 seconds to go, forcing overtime. In OT, Nova took a 4 point lead, but UD tied it back up and a steal by DeBusschere and long pass to Frank Chickowski for the breakaway layup put the Titans up for good. DeBusschere sealed the Titan win with a 3 point play with 50 seconds to go. Wally Jones had 32 for Nova, while DeBusschere finished with 29 points and 27 rebounds.

“The game was instrumental in the Titans post-season fortunes. The Titans pushed their record to 15-7, but after getting an NCAA bid in February (in those days they were announced before the season end, in part because the NCAA and NIT were in hot competition to sign up the best teams) lost their last 4 regular season games, to Canisius, Bowling Green, Seton Hall and Marquette. An earlier loss in this game would likely have caused them to miss out on their first NCAA bid. Unfortunately, the Titans dropped a 90-81 decision to W. Ky in the first round of the NCAA. Villanova went on to a 21-7 finish and a spot in the NCAA’s “Elite 8” (though of course in those days no one called it that).”
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:10 pm

The dawn of a new era as coach Sue (Kruszewski) Hardy led the WBB team to a win in the Titans’ first-ever game on 12/1/77 is today’s Calihan Hall great moment.
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby MooseGuy1 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:34 pm

Motor City Sam wrote:
Rogobob77 wrote:Wednesday’s great moment in Calihan Hall history has the Titan WBB team winning the 1987 MCC Championship over Loyola.


Fun Fact: I dated two girls on that team. :-)
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I just saw this post. Can't say I'm surprised. Sam's popular with the females. I remember watching one game with Sam and a girl sat in his lap pretty much the whole game.

On another post, Tacitus getting a law degree isn't something I'd call a miracle. Maybe I'd call it "the result of an unlikely confluence of events", but not a miracle. Real miracles: I receive a law degree. An Oakland team without a single arrest...or a full Oakland faculty without a felony. Or maybe a miracle would be UDM defeating Wayne State
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Re: 65 Great Moments at Calihan Hall

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:15 pm

Eli Holman led the Titans to a Legends Classic Subregional title on 11/28/10 and was named the tournament MVP is today's “#CalihanHall 65 Great Moments In 65 Days.” On their way to a championship that will be cemented in our memories for years to come, UDM beat Albany St., Bowling Green and Niagara.
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