Detroit Mercy star Antoine Davis finished Thursday night's Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal game four points short of breaking Pete Maravich's all-time NCAA career scoring record as the No. 8 seed Titans fell 71-66 against No. 1 seed Youngstown State. The 6-foot-1 guard missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds that would have tied the record as the Titans fell just short of pulling off a significant upset in a game they led for over 27 minutes.
Davis entered averaging 28.1 points per game and needed 26 points to surpass Maravich's record of 3,667 career points but was held to 22 points on 7-of-26 shooting against the Penguins, including a 4-of-17 mark in the second half.
At 14-19 and without a conference title to their credit, the Titans are ineligible for the NIT and NCAA Tournament. However, Davis could still break Maravich's record if Detroit is invited to a postseason event such as the CBI or The Basketball Classic, which allows teams with records below .500 to compete. Detroit competed in The Basketball Classic last season after exiting the Horizon League Tournament with a 14-15 record.
Davis averaged 26.5 points over the season's first 22 games and surpassed Freeman Williams for second on the all-time list on Jan. 21. Still, it seemed improbable that Davis could catch Maravich, the legendary former LSU guard who has held the record since 1970. Then, he kicked things up a notch, averaging 34.4 points over his last nine games entering Thursday to bring the record within reach.