Feb. 21, 2009
Philadelphia, Pa. - Drexel made its first 10 shots of the second half and scored 15 straight points over nearly a four-minute stretch to snap a 38-all tie and coast to a 74-58 non-conference home win Saturday over the Greyhounds at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Dragons made seven of their nine three-point shots after the intermission and 69.6 percent in all for the half while holding Loyola to 26.7 percent.
After sophomore forward Isaac Reid's three-pointer retied the game at 38-38 with 15:43 remaining, Drexel began its run. Gerald Colds drained back-to-back three-pointers 30 seconds apart to start the 15-0 stretch that was capped by a Scott Rodgers three-pointer with 11:53 left. The Dragons (15-11) would not miss from the field in the second half until the 8:22 mark while holding a 58-45 lead and Loyola would not get closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
The Greyhounds (11-18) executed their game plan to perfection in the first half as they held Drexel to 23.3 percent shooting (7-30) to grab a 31-30 lead at the intermission. Senior guard Marquis Sullivan scored 10 of the Loyola points while playing just 11 minutes as the Greyhounds held a 25-23 rebounding advantage for the half.
Drexel quickly grabbed the lead after the intermission, but the teams battled to the 38-all tie 4:17 into the second half. Loyola would score just three field goals for the first 12:45 of the half as the Dragons made their move. Colds scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Rodgers tallied 13 of his game-high 23 in the same time frame and the pair combined for the 7-9 from three-point range.
Outside of the Dragons guards, Leon Spencer was one point and one blocked shot away from a triple-double, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks.
For Loyola, sophomore guard Jamal Barney ended with 16 points and Sullivan and junior guard Brett Harvey each contributed 10 points off the bench. Junior forward Jawaan Wright grabbed eight boards with three assists while making all six of his free throws for six points. The Greyhounds made 18 of their 19 free-throw tries for the game, finishing at 94.7 percent.
The Greyhounds conclude the home portion of their schedule Thursday night when they host Rider at Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. The regular season concludes March 1 with a game at Iona.