DETROIT -- Nick Minnerath had 22 points and eight rebounds Monday night to lead Detroit to an 81-64 victory over Alabama State.
Minnerath and Howard each connected on four 3-pointers. The Titans shot 58 percent in the second half and led most of the half by double figures.
Joshua Freelove and Shawntez Patterson scored 14 points apiece for the Hornets (0-7). Denzell McDaniel had 11 points and Luther Page had 10 points and nine rebounds for Alabama State. The Hornets shot 49 percent for the game while Detroit finished at 40 percent, but the Titans made 19 free throws to six for Alabama State.
Detroit led 39-36 at halftime.
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Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.