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Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
Detroit guard Chase Simon (1) shoots over St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.

DETROIT — Ray McCallum had 21 points and Chase Simon scored 20 to help Detroit beat St. John's 69-63 on Monday night.

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The Titans (4-6) started and finished strong, playing off the energy created by the school unveiling Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall before the game. The ESPN analyst coached Detroit from 1973-77 and was athletic director during his final season.

Moe Harkless scored 19, D'Angelo Harrison had 15 points and Sir'Dominic Pointer added 10 for St. John's.

The Red Storm (4-5) was without coach Steve Lavin, who is recovering from prostate cancer surgery and has missed the Red Storm's last three games. St. John's was led by assistant coach Mike Dunlap.