VCU Downs Drexel, Improves to 10-0 in CAA
Philadelphia, Pa. – VCU made six of its nine three pointers in the second half and held off Drexel, 75-68. The Rams (18-3, 10-0 CAA) remained undefeated in conference play. Drexel, playing without Frank Elegar, fell to 15-5 overall and 7-3 in league play.
Drexel led in the early stages of the second half, but VCU answered to take the lead for good at the 15:48 mark. B.A. Walker nailed a three-pointer to give the Rams a 41-38 lead. Drexel was never out of the game and got the lead down to one on two occasions. With VCU up 57-56, Walker sank a pair of free throws and two three-pointers to put the game out of reach with 3:31 left. Drexel couldn’t get any closer than five points the rest of the way.
Bashir Mason (Jersey City, N.J./St. Benedicts) led Drexel with 19 points, 15 in the second half. The senior became just the 27th Dragon to reach the 1,000 career point mark when he sank a free throw early in the second half. Scott Rodgers (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) had a career-high 17 points and also handed out four assists.
Drexel played the game without leading scorer Frank Elegar (Bronx, N.Y/St. Raymond’s). The junior was suspended by the CAA on Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Dragons’ win over Delaware last Saturday. Randy Oveneke (Antwerpen, Belgium) started in Elegar’s place and chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds, and scored on a follow-up dunk to end the first half. Chaz Crawford (Philadelphia, Pa./Hargrave Military) returned to the line-up after missing the UNCW game due to injury and had six blocked shots and five rebounds.
Walker led the Rams with 24 points and was 7-for-11 from the floor. He was 6-for-8 from behind the arc. Eric Maynor and Jesse Pellot-Rosa added 17 and 14 points, respectively. The Rams shot 50 percent from behind the three-point stripe (7-14) and were 22 of 27 from the line.
The Dragons have a quick turnaround and head to Boston tomorrow. Drexel will play at Northeastern on Monday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard on WNTP 990 AM and on the web at drexeldragons.com.