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Detroit Waltzes Past Butler

Rashad Phillips scored 18 points Tuesday in leading Detroit to a 72-65 victory and a berth in the NCAA tournament as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament champion.

Top seed Detroit (24-5), winner of seven straight, held Butler to 17 percent field-goal shooting in the first half and 32 percent for the game, the Bulldogs' poorest shooting of the season.

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  • With 6:40 left, Phillips canned a pair of free throws, giving the Titans a 53-32 lead. But then the Bulldogs went on a 12-point run to cut Detroit's lead to 53-44.

    Butler closed to 65-60, but five points was the closest the Bulldogs would get.

    Jermaine Jackson added 16 points for Detroit. Game scoring honors went to Butler's Thomas Jackson with 22, while Hirschy added 17.

    Detroit jumped out in front early, going on a 15-point opening run to take a 15-2 lead.

    The Bulldogs missed their first seven shots and didn't get a basket until Hirschy converted on a three-point play to cut the deficit to 15-5.

    The shooting woes continued for Butler, which missed another seven straight attempts before Mike Pflugner found the range at 5:23 to cut Detroit's lead to 20-9.

    Detroit led at the half, 26-13, thanks to Butler's inability to make field goals (4-of-23) and its failure to sink any of 11 3-point attempts.

    During the regular season, each team won on the other's home court. Detroit finished one game ahead of Butler in the final MCC standings.

    It was the third straight appearance for the Bulldogs in the tournament title game, which they had won the previous two times.

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