Instant Replay: Delaware 66, Drexel 64

Instant Replay: Delaware 66, Drexel 64
January 28, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Five days after making a 50-foot buzzer-beater to down Hofstra, Drexel’s Frantz Massenat missed the exact same shot Monday night as the Dragons fell just short of a furious comeback and lost to Delaware, 66-64.

Drexel, which never led, was down by as many as 16 points and needed a 15-2 game-ending run to put itself in position for another dramatic finish.

On their second-to-last series, the Dragons had three chances to finally go ahead. But Massenat missed a jumper, got the ball back, missed a layup, and big man Daryl McCoy whiffed on a two-foot lay-in.

It was too little, too late for Drexel, which has already lost six games by five or fewer points. The Dragons (8-12, 4-4 CAA) needed to win this game, as their next two are on the road against second-place George Mason and first-place Northeastern, who are a combined 8-0 in the CAA.

Drexel had won three in a row and Delaware had lost three straight prior to Monday night. The Blue Hens (9-11, 4-3 CAA) jump from seventh to fourth in the conference. They also pick up their first win at the DAC in their last five tries.

Drexel, meanwhile, falls to seventh in the conference it was picked in the preseason to win.

Inside the box score
• Massenat’s shooting woes continued on a 4-for-19 night. He’s 10 for 38 in his last three games.  Several of Massenat’s open looks swirled around the rim but failed to go in.

• Damion Lee led the Dragons with 30 points, including seven straight on three possessions around the three-minute mark. To that point, Drexel had been down by double-digits for close to seven minutes, but Lee cut Delaware’s lead to just six points. Unfortunately for he and his teammates, Lee fouled out on Delaware’s next possession up the court.

• Delaware sharpshooter Kyle Anderson came through several times when Drexel began to make early second-half runs. He had a team-high 15 points and made all three of Delaware’s three-pointers.

• Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins is third in the country in rebounding and leads the CAA in field goal percentage, but he shot 4 for 13 and had just three rebounds. Most of the caroms went to little-used junior Carl Baptiste, who used his thick 6-foot-9 frame to pull down a career-high 13 rebounds.

The series
Drexel has faced Delaware more than any other team. Delaware holds a 75-72 advantage through 147 meetings. The Dragons had beaten the Blue Hens in four of their last five meetings prior to Monday’s loss.

What’s next?
It’s a crucial week for Drexel, which heads to Fairfax, Va., to face second-place George Mason on Thursday night at 7 p.m., then heads to Boston for a Saturday night meeting with Northeastern.

Delaware is in action a night earlier, at home, against 10th-place William & Mary.

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