NEWARK, Del. -- Down two with 3.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Drexel inbounded the ball to Frantz Massenat, who drove all the way to the glass to get off a last-second, off-balance shot, but it didn't fall and the Blue Hens walked away with a 73-71 victory at Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens never led by more than 10 points, and that came early in the game with the score 18-8. But they did hold the advantage from just after the opening tip until there was 3:41 remaining in regulation when Damion Lee sank a three to give Drexel the lead, 49-48.
Soon after, Massenat nailed a floating three-pointer to give the Dragons a four-point advantage. But the Blue Hens battled back to tie the game at 52 and send it into the extra session.
Devon Saddler led all scorers with 31 points for Delaware, with teammates Jamelle Hagins and Jarvis Threatt adding 14 and 13, respectively.
Damion Lee, who dropped 30 against Delaware when the two teams met earlier this season, had a team-high 22 for Drexel.
The Blue Hens seized control early, scoring the game's first seven points. Drexel didn't get on the board until after the first media timeout, at the 14:28 mark, when Massenat converted a layup on a fast break started by a Lee steal. The Dragons began the game shooting 0 for 5 from the field and turning the ball over three times.
Delaware kept the lead throughout the frame, though Drexel got within one point at 23-22 near the end of the half. The Hens closed out the period on an 8-2 run.
Lee was the only player with double-digit points at the break with 12 on 4-for-10 shooting. Saddler led the way for Delaware with nine points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the field.
Inside the box score
• Of Delaware's first 18 points, 10 came in the paint.
• The Dragons were dismal from distance, hitting just 6 of 23 attempts (26 percent).
• After beginning the game 11 for 13 on free throws, the Blue Hens went on a 1 for 8 stretch from the line before Jamelle Hagins sank a pair to tie the game, 52-52.
With the game tied, 67-67, in the second extra session, Threatt denied Massenat on a layup, secured the rebound and threw a cross-court pass to Saddler, who made an easy bucket to give the Blue Hens the lead.
Four Drexel players fouled out: Kazembe Abif, Daryl McCoy, Dartaye Ruffin and Goran Pantovic.
Kyle Anderson of Delaware also fouled out.
Movin' on up
Saddler, now with 1,576 points, surpassed Mark Murray (1,559) for sole possession of fourth place on the Blue Hens' all-time scoring list.
With his 31-point showing Thursday, Saddler reached double digits in scoring for the 34th straight game -- it's the longest current streak in the CAA and the second-longest in Division I.
Haggins entered the game with 999 career rebounds, and his 18 boards on Thursday brought his career total up to 1,017, making him the seventh active player in Division I to reach the four-digit rebound mark.
The Blue Hens acknowledged the feat during the first media timeout of the first half.
Delaware now leads the all-time series, 76-72. The Blue Hens secured their first season sweep of Drexel since 2000.
Delaware hits the road for its next two game -- at UNC-Wilmington on Saturday and at Hofstra on Wednesday.
Drexel, in the midst of three games away from home, is at Towson on Saturday and at Old Dominion next Thursday.