Detroit - Lade Akande scored a season-high 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and the Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to claim a 72-62 victory over host Detroit at Calihan Hall on Thursday (Jan. 24).
Butler found itself in a significant hole late in the first period, as the Titans held a 30-19 advantage with 4:38 remaining in the stanza. The Bulldogs, however, cut the gap to three at the break thanks to a 12-4 run before outscoring Detroit 41-28 in the second period for the win.
The Bulldogs improve to 13-4 on the year and 3-3 in Horizon League play, while the Titans drop to 3-14 overall and 0-6 in conference.
Despite having only eight players in uniform, the Titans gave the Bulldogs fits in the early going, as a 13-0 run, keyed by three-straight buckets by Zemora Davis, put Detroit in front 17-10 with 11:37 to play.
Davis and the Titans continued to pour on the offense in the first half, as Detroit shot 51.6 percent from the field in the opening stanza and built up an 11-point lead at 30-19 with less than five minutes to go in the period.
Akande and Susan Lester would help bring Butler right back in the game, however, scoring all 12 of the Bulldogs' points in the final 4:22 to close the gap to three at the break.
A lay-up by Akande to start the second followed by a trey from Azjah Bass gave the Bulldogs their first lead in almost 17 minutes. Another three-pointer by Cassie Freeman and a pair of free throws from Lester gave Butler a 43-39 edge at 13:58, but a seven-point swing by the Titans put Detroit back in front 46-43.
Akande would take over from there, as the junior center tallied 15 of the Bulldogs' final 29 points, including five of seven field goals during a 16-4 Butler run which broke the game open.
Akande finished with a career-high 12 field goals (12-for-18) and finished just one point shy of her career-best point total of 28. She also added a team-high nine boards and a pair of assists.
Lester added 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-9 from long distance. Bass chipped in nine points on 4-of-9 shooting and dished a team-high five assists.
Davis led the Titans with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Butler closes out its brief two-game road swing on Saturday (Jan. 26) when it takes on Wright State beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Nutter Center.