18 Turnovers Too Much to Overcome in Rockets' 79-73 Loss at Detroit
DETROIT, MI - Too many turnovers and a red-hot Detroit perimeter attack proved costly for Toledo on Wednesday evening in a 79-73 setback to the Titans inside Calihan Hall.
The Rockets outshot (45.6-42.6) and outrebounded (37-35) Detroit, but UT committed 18 turnovers for its second-highest amount of miscues this season.
Sophomore G Julius Brown and junior G Rian Pearson topped Toledo with 20 and 19 points, respectively, with junior F Matt Smith also in double figures for the second-straight contest with 15 points. Freshman C Nathan Boothe paced the Rockets on the boards with a season-high nine caroms to go along with six points and a season-best three blocked shots.
Junior G Jason Calliste spearheaded the Titan attack with a career-high 24 points with sophomore F Juwan Howard Jr. contributing 16 points. The duo shot a combined 9-of-18 from three-point range after entering the contest with a combined 30.3 3PTFG% (17-of-56). That performance spurred the hosts to an impressive 42.9 3PTFG% (12-of-28) for the game.
Smith poured in 11 of the team's first 17 points to give the Rockets a 17-8 advantage just over five minutes into the contest. Howard was just as hot for Detroit though as he scored 14 of the Titans' first 16 points.
Detroit eventually took a 28-23 lead later in the opening stanza, but a Brown trey evened the score at 30-30 at the 3:54 mark. Baskets from Boothe and Pearson provided the Rockets with a four-point cushion, however, Calliste and freshman F Anton Wilson buried threes to give Detroit a 38-36 halftime advantage.
UT appeared ready to break free from the Titans midway through the second half after back-to-back three-pointers from junior F Reese Holliday put the Rockets up 54-48 with 11:16 remaining.
Detroit responded with a 22-3 run though over the next six minutes during which it limited UT to just three free throws to take a commanding 70-57 advantage.
Toledo returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 when it travels to Charleston, IL to face Eastern Illinois. Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT).