Ray McCallum Jr. scored 21 points as Detroit beat Valparaiso 70-50 on Tuesday night to win the Horizon League tournament championship.
Jason Calliste scored 17 points and LaMarcus Lowe added 14 for the third-seeded Titans, who qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999.
Detroit (22-13) had lost both regular-season meetings with the Crusaders, despite being close in both times. The Titans trailed this game by three at halftime, then shot 58 percent in the second half to win.
“We said that we wanted to come out with a lot of energy and emotion in the second half, and play like it could be our last game,” McCallum said.
Western Michigan Christian graduate Evan Bruinsma plays for Detroit. The sophomore forward scored two points in Tuesday’s victory.
According to WMC assistant athletic director Fred VandenBrand, it is believed that Bruinsma will become the first former Warrior to play in the NCAA Tournament since Wes VanDyke played in the Big Dance with Weber State in 1972.
Tribune sports editor Matt DeYoung contributed to this report.