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Howard Lifts Detroit Past Illinois-Chicago 65-59

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Head coach for men's basketball Ray McCallum at University of Detroit Mercy, former U-D and Detroit Piston player Earl Cureton, head coach for women's basketball Autumn Rademacher at U-D, Terry Tyler and John Long, former U-D and Piston players, participate on a panel for 1,000 Detroit public school students to begin the character education program as part of the Leadership Detroit initiative at Calihan Hall on the University of Detroit campus on October 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The event was hosted by the Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Players Association and the City of Detroit.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Head coach for men’s basketball Ray McCallum at University of Detroit Mercy, former U-D and Detroit Piston player Earl Cureton, head coach for women’s basketball Autumn Rademacher at U-D, Terry Tyler and John Long, former U-D and Piston players, participate on a panel for 1,000 Detroit public school students to begin the character education program as part of the Leadership Detroit initiative at Calihan Hall on the University of Detroit campus on October 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The event was hosted by the Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Players Association and the City of Detroit. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Juwan Howard Jr. scored 20 points and Jarod Williams added 17 as Detroit defeated Illinois-Chicago 65-59 on Tuesday night.

UIC moved out to a nine-point lead at the midway mark in the first half, but the Titans closed the period on an 11-4 run sparked by a 3-pointer from Anton Wilson to make it 36-34 at halftime.

Detroit maintained that momentum, opening the second half with a 10-0 surge. The Flames climbed back to tie the game at 57, but Williams answered with two free throws and a layup to lead 62-57 with 2:25 remaining.

After Jordan Harks and Pat Birt each split a pair of free throws to pull within three, Howard drained two free throws with 12 seconds left to seal it.

Carlton Brundidge scored 15 points for Detroit (13-15, 6-7 Horizon League).

Kelsey Barlow finished with 17 points and Harks had 13 for the Flames (5-22, 0-13).

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