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Juwan Howard, Jr. scores 28 points and Detroit holds off Toledo 82-79

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Juwan Howard, Jr. was 11 of 23 from the field for 28 points and Detroit narrowly held off Toledo 82-79 on Tuesday in the Progressive Legends Classic sub-regional championship game.

Toledo (2-3) led by five with 4:19 left after a 3-point play by Justin Drummond. Howard responded with a three-point play of his own, they a jumper as Detroit (4-2) went on a 9-point run to tie the game at 73 with 1:38 left.

Brandan Kearney drilled a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and Detroit made its free throws late to hold off the Titans.

Detroit used a 9-2 run in the middle of the first half — including a 3-pointer by Howard — to open an 8-point lead. Toledo called timeout at 7:20 then closed the half on a 15-6 run — including 3s by Julius Brown, Drummond and Jonathan Williams — and led 37-36 at the break.

J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo with 20 points.

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