Instant Replay: Delaware 90, Drexel 77

Instant Replay: Delaware 90, Drexel 77

January 20, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Drexel's 90-77 loss to Delaware Monday night was its third straight loss to the Blue Hens in the overall series. (AP)


Drexel simply couldn't stop Devon Saddler and the CAA's top-scoring offense in a 90-77 loss to Delaware on Monday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Saddler dropped 23 points on 9 for 14 shooting to lead the Blue Hens (13-7, 5-0 CAA) to their seventh straight win. Delaware shot 56.5 percent from the field in handing the Dragons (10-8, 2-3) their fifth loss in seven contests.

Frantz Massenat scored a team-high 20 points and also dished out 10 assists, while Chris Fouch added 18 points. The duo combined to hit on 14 of 34 field goal attempts.

Tavon Allen returned after missing two games because of an ankle injury and nailed five three-pointers en route to 19 points off the bench.

First half
Delaware dominated early, jumping out to a 17-7 lead and taking its largest lead at 16 just before the break, at which the Blue Hens led, 48-32.

Davon Usher, the only double-digit scorer of the opening frame, scored 12 points on 4 for 7 shooting. Saddler (9 points) and Carl Baptiste (8) each shot 4 for 5 for Delaware, and Baptiste contributed six rebounds.

For Drexel, Massenat led the Dragons with nine points and four helpers at the half.

Turning point
Drexel flirted with a comeback, but couldn't cut the deficit to fewer than eight points in the second half. A 12-2 Blue Hens run capped off by Devonne Pinkard's three-pointer to make it 72-53 with 7:19 remaining sealed it. 

By the numbers
• Delaware (59.4 percent) drastically outshot Drexel (35.3 percent) from the floor in the first half.

• The Blue Hens (76.2 percent) and Dragons (76.9) shot nearly the same at the free-throw line.

• Delaware dominated the boards, out-rebounding Drexel, 44-27.

Last time
The Dragons rode a career-high 30 points from Massenat to top UNC-Wilmington, 79-63, on the road.

Drexel trailed by 13 at the half but pulled even just before the midway point of the second half and took advantage of 16 points off the bench (all in the second half) from Freddie Wilson in the win. Overall, the Dragons shot 57.8 percent from the floor -- their best on the season.

A late 8-0 run sparked the Blue Hens in a 74-70 win over Northeastern in Boston. Baptiste turned in 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Saddler dropped a game-high 22 points for Delaware in the victory.

The series
Drexel dropped its third straight to Delaware, which leads the overall series, 77-72. The Dragons fell for just the third time in their last 13 contests against the Blue Hens at the DAC.

Did you know?
Delaware entered with the top offense in the CAA, averaging 80.6 points, over six points higher than next-best William & Mary. Five players came in averaging double figures, with Saddler (21.7) leading the way.

Up next
Drexel hosts conference rival William & Mary (10-6, 2-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Dragons have won four in a row over the Tribe.

Delaware hosts preseason favorite Towson (12-6, 3-0) on Saturday at noon in Newark.