McCoy, Givens Dominate Inside To Lead Drexel Men's Basketball Over Delaware, 68-55
January 8, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Jordan
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Drexel University forwards Daryl McCoy and Samme Givens combined for 26 points and 29 rebounds to lead the Dragons to a 68-55 victory over the University of Delaware as the Colonial Athletic Association squads renewed their men’s basketball rivalry Saturday afternoon at the Daskalakis Center.
McCoy posted 14 points and 15 rebounds while Givens contributed 12 points and 14 boards for the Dragons, who snapped a two-game losing skid while improving to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Freshman guard Frantz Massenat also had a big game for Drexel with a season-high 16 points and seven assists as the Dragons defeated UD for the 10th time in 11 meetings in Philadelphia including each of the past three seasons.
Delaware senior guard Jawan Carter (at right) led all scorers with 24 points, his seventh 20-point effort of the season, for the Blue Hens, who dropped to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the league. Freshman Devon Saddler chipped in with 12 points while Jamelle Hagins (at left) posted seven points, a team-leading eight rebounds, and three blocked shots.
The game was decided during the final 10 minutes of the first half, when Drexel closed the period on a 19-4 run to break open a two-point game and take a 36-19 lead into the break.
Drexel opened the game 6 of 9 from the field, and an early 5-0 Dragons run put them in front 13-7 five minutes into the contest. A jumper by Brian Johnson pulled Delaware within 17-15 at the 10:16 mark, but Drexel would dominate the rest of the half.
A 5-0 run extended the Dragons’ margin to seven, and after Saddler scored inside, Drexel used an 11-0 spurt to extend its lead to 33-17 with 1:47 on the clock.
Hagins converted a basket to snap a UD five minute scoreless streak, but Dragons guard Chris Fouch responded with a three-pointer as Drexel took a 36-19 lead into halftime.
The Dragons shot 51.6 percent in the opening half and scored 22 points in the paint, while Delaware was just 7 of 27 from the field for a 25.9 shooting percentage and hit only 2 of its final 13 shots from the floor.
Delaware opened the second half by hitting six of its first eight field goal attempts, and after two free throws by Dartaye Ruffin put Drexel up 40-26, the Blue Hens used an 8-0 run to get within 40-34 with 15:12 to play. Josh Brinkley opened the spurt with a tough shot off the glass, and following a Carter three-pointer, Saddler completed a three-point play in transition to make it a six-point game.
The lead would remain between six and nine points over the next eight minutes, and a free throw by Saddler cut Drexel’s advantage to 51-43 with 7:47 on the clock.
However the Dragons then scored seven of the next nine points, including three straight baskets by Givens, to go ahead 58-45 with 4:48 remaining.
Delaware got within 10 on a three-point play by Carter with 1:01 remaining, but the Blue Hens would not threaten during the final minute.
“Drexel was a lot tougher and more physical than us in the first half, and that was the difference,” Delaware head coach Monté Ross said. “In the second half we certainly played better and I was much happier with our effort, but during the first half it was men against boys. Their post players are terrific, and you have to give them credit for the way they took it to us at both ends of the floor.”
Drexel, which entered the game leading Division I in three-point field goal percentage defense, shot 44.8 percent from the field while holding Delaware to 35.7 percent shooting, including just 3 of 14 from behind the arc.
Delaware, which has now dropped 22 consecutive CAA road games, heads south to take on UNC Wilmington Wednesday at Trask Coliseum. Tipoff between the Blue Hens and Seahawks is scheduled for 7 p.m.Back To Men's Basketball Home Men's Basketball Story Archive