DETROIT -- Lexus Williams scored 11 of his career-high 22 points in the final 3:01 Wednesday night as Valparaiso held off Detroit for a 78-70 win.
LaVonte Dority added 20 points for the Crusaders (10-9, 2-2 Horizon League).
Bobby Capobianco's dunk with 5:35 to play gave Valpo a 62-50 lead, its largest of the game, before an 11-4 spurt by Detroit -- which was opened and capped by jumpers from Juwan Howard, Jr. -- pulled the Titans within 67-61 with just under 2 minutes to play.
Valparaiso made 9 of 12 free throws in the final 1:28 to seal the victory.
Jubril Adekoya finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for Valparaiso, which recorded season highs for both free throws made (36) and free throws attempted (44). Capobianco added 10 points.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.