Drexel 57 - Toledo 52
Philadelphia, Pa. – Drexel held Toledo to just one field goal in the final six minutes and made five of six free throws in the last minute to defeat the Rockets, 57-52. The Drexel (3-2) defense forced 22 turnovers in the game and held Toledo (2-3) to just 2-for-17 from behind the arc in the contest. The Rockets entered the game shooting better than 38 percent from long range.
After trailing for the entire second half, the Rockets took a lead at 44-43 when Tyrone Kent scored on a lay-up after a steal with 6:15 to play. That would be their last lead of the game. Drexel responded with a three-pointer from Tramayne Hawthorne (Steelton, Pa./Steelton-Highspire) at the 4:49 mark to put the Dragons ahead, 46-44. The teams exchanged trips to the line before Drexel’s Frank Elegar (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond’s) converted a three-point play to make it a five-point game. Toledo got as close as two points after Keonta Howell sank a trey with just 28 seconds remaining, but the Dragons rallied from their early struggles at the line to put the game away.
Elegar led the way for Drexel with a season-best 15 points and nine rebounds. Chaz Crawford (Philadelphia, Pa./Hargrave Military Academy) had 10 boards on the night and added eight points and a pair of blocks. Senior Bashir Mason (Jersey City, N.J./St. Benedict’s) chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. The Dragons were victorious despite committing a season-high 25 turnovers, including 17 in the first half.
Toledo’s Florentino Valencio had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Ingram was also in double figures with 10 points, while Howell scored nine points. Howell and Ingram entered the game each averaging more than 19 points per game.
- Drexel Athletic Communications -