As Detroit Mercy continues its hush-hush search for a new men's basketball coach, the roster is deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Junior guard Josh McFolley, a former Detroit Western star and the third-leading scorer on the team last season, has decided to transfer for his final season, an athletic-department official confirmed Tuesday.
This comes after last month's revelation that guard Corey Allen, of Ypsilanti, will be transferring for his final two years of eligibility.
Detroit Music Weekend – a free, outdoor event produced by Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts – will return for a second year June 14-17.
This year's performers with Detroit and Michigan ties are The Jacksons, Mark Farner of Flint's Grand Funk Railroad and actor and singer/songwriter Jeff Daniels, who was raised in Chelsea.
For the second time in his five-year tenure as Detroit Mercy athletic director, Robert Vowels is going shopping for a new men's basketball coach.
Vowels on Monday fired Bacari Alexander after just two seasons on the job, albeit two tumultuous seasons — the worst two-year span in the history of the program, record wise, capped by a record 24 losses, sandwiched around a seven-game suspension, in 2017-18.
Detroit Mercy fires Alexander after 2 seasons
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mercy has fired coach Bacari Alexander after the Titans went 8-24 this season.
The school announced the move Monday. Alexander, a former assistant at Michigan, went 16-47 in two seasons at the helm for Detroit.
Assistant coach Jermaine Jackson was named interim coach.
Detroit — Bacari Alexander's once-celebrated return to his alma mater has come to an abrupt end.
Detroit Mercy moved on from the men's basketball coach Monday after just two seasons — back-to-back eight-win seasons, the latest one filled with off-court drama, after Alexander served a seven-game suspension following a reported verbal altercation with a player during an early season practice.
Cleveland St holds off Detroit 75-72 on Kenic’s career night
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stefan Kenic scored a career-high 19 points, Anthony Wright added 15 with 12 rebounds, and Cleveland State held off Detroit Mercy 75-72 on Wednesday night.
Bobby Word scored 15 points and Kenny Carpenter added 11 for the Vikings (8-20, 5-10 Horizon League), who made 11 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field.
Nunn scores 38, Oakland holds off Detroit Mercy 92-86
DETROIT (AP) — Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 38 points, his eighth game this season with 30, and Oakland held off Detroit Mercy 92-86 on Saturday.
Nunn, who matched his career best with eight 3-pointers, made all six of his free throws in the last 25 seconds, the final two breaking his previous career high.
Martez Walker added 18 points and Jalen Hayes 17 for the Grizzlies (13-8, 5-3 Horizon League).
Brennan helps IUPUI jump out early, beat Detroit Mercy 81-66
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Brennan scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half and IUPUI jumped out early to beat Detroit Mercy 81-66 on Tuesday night for its third straight win.
Detroit — Corey Allen had 34 points, Jermaine Jackson Jr. added a career-high 32 and Detroit Mercy rallied to beat Youngstown State, 93-91, Friday night at Calihan Hall in a Horizon League game.
Detroit Mercy rallies to beat Youngstown State 93-91
DETROIT (AP) — Corey Allen had 34 points, Jermaine Jackson Jr. added a career-high 32 and Detroit Mercy rallied to beat Youngstown State 93-91 on Friday night.
Green Bay beats Detroit Mercy 95-83 in Horizon League opener
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Sandy Cohen III tossed in 24 points to lead five players in double figures and Green Bay rolled to a 95-83 victory over Detroit Mercy in a Horizon League opener on Thursday night.
Khalil Small finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Phoenix (6-8), while reserve Sukhjot Bains scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six boards. PJ Pipes scored 13 and David Jesperson added 11 points and six rebounds.
Stark, Morant lead Murray St past Detroit Mercy 81-72
DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Stark tossed in 21 points and Ja Morant just missed a triple-double to send Murray State to an 81-72 victory over Detroit Mercy on Friday.
Stark hit three 3-pointers and added five assists for the Racers (8-3), while Morant finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Terrell Miller Jr. contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Detroit Mercy coach Alexander returns after 7-game absence
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mercy basketball coach Bacari Alexander has returned to work after a seven-game absence.
Athletic director Robert Vowels says the university is thankful the undisclosed "personnel issue" is resolved.
Editor's note: This is the latest installment of a weekly series looking at the college-basketball scene in Michigan.
For the second time ever, Detroit Mercy will play UCLA in men's basketball, when the teams meet Sunday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Detroit Mercy's modest three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night, as the Titans fell, 91-82, to Fort Wayne.
Jermaine Jackson coached the Titans for the sixth consecutive game as Bacari Alexander remains suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
Kam Chatman had 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting and added 10 rebounds and three steals, while four other Detroit Mercy players scored in double figures. Josh McFolley had 12 points.
Saturday’s state men hoops: UDM scores 131 in rout
Detroit — Corey Allen missed just one field goal attempt as he scored 22 points to lead Detroit Mercy to its third straight win, dominating NAIA's Siena Heights, 131-69, on Saturday afternoon.
This was the third time Detroit Mercy scored more than 100 points this season. The 131 points were also the fourth-most points scored in a single game in program history.
Detroit Mercy over 100 again, beats Siena Heights 131-69
DETROIT (AP) — Corey Allen missed just one field goal attempt as he scored 22 points to lead Detroit Mercy to its third straight win, dominating NAIA's Siena Heights 131-69 on Saturday afternoon.
This was the third time Detroit Mercy scored more than 100 points this season.
Jermaine Jackson Jr. was just one steal short of a triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists, nine steals and six rebounds.
Nashville, Tenn. — Corey Allen made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 39 points, Jermaine Jackson Jr. made two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and Detroit Mercy beat Houston Baptist, 116-109, in overtime on Sunday.
Detroit Mercy took an 89-87 lead with 2:31 left in regulation but didn't score again until Jackson's 3-pointer to get within 94-92. After Oliver Lynch-Daniels made 1 of 2 free throws with 7.8 seconds left for Houston Baptist, Jackson nailed a 3 off the glass.
Detroit Mercy coasts to 105-82 win over NAIA’s UM-Dearborn
DETROIT (AP) — Kameron Chatman scored 17 points to lead seven Detroit Mercy players in double figures Monday night and the Titans picked up their first win of the season with a 105-82 victory over NAIA program Michigan-Dearborn.
Chatman was 7 for 10 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and hauled in seven rebounds as Detroit (1-1) recorded its third triple digit win over UM-Dearborn since 2013. The Titans shot 53.3 percent from the field and never trailed.
Detroit — Bacari Alexander plans to more than double the University of Detroit Mercy's win total from a year ago and contend for the Horizon League title in his second year as the Titans head coach.
The Titans could be a force with the return of 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior inside threat Jaleel Hogan, along with perimeter threats in sophomore Corey Allen and Josh McFolley.
Jermaine Jackson worries fame could "break" his niece Paris.
The 'I Want You Back' hitmaker is "very proud" of the 19-year-old actress - who is the daughter of Jermaine's late brother Michael Jackson - but says the whole family are rallying around to "make sure she is OK" as they have first hand experience of how tough fame can be.