Drexel overcame a 12-point deficit at James Madison to finish the regular season on an up note, winning 67-64, Saturday. As their reward, the sixth-seeded Dragons will play No. 11 seed James Madison in Friday’s first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at the Richmond Coliseum.
If they win that first-round game (8:30 p.m.), Drexel (16-15, 11-7 CAA) will play No. 3 seed William & Mary (20-9, 12-6) in Saturday night’s quarterfinals. The top four seeds get byes into the quarters. James Madison finished 12-19, 4-14. Old Dominion (23-8, 15-3) is the top seed.
The Drexel opener will feature a former Saint Joseph’s player (Drexel coach Bruiser Flint) and a former Hawks assistant (JMU coach Matt Brady).
If that game is anything like Saturday’s, expect it to come down to a few possessions. There were 11 lead changes and 11 ties in the JMU game. Samme Givens scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and the Dragons needed every one of them. James Madison’s Julius Wells missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
MEN’S CAA TOURNAMENT
At Richmond, Va.
Towson (8) vs. UNC Wilmington (9), 12
VCU (5) vs. Delaware (12), 2:30
Hofstra (7) vs. Georgia St. (10), 6
Drexel (6) vs. James Madison (11), 8:30
Old Dominion (1) vs. Towson/UNCW, 12
George Mason (4) vs. VCU/Delaware, 2:30
Northeastern (2) vs. Hofstra/Georgia St., 6
William & Mary (3) vs. Drexel/JMU, 8:30
Saturday afternoon winners, 3
Saturday evening winners, 5:30
CHAMPIONSHIP/Monday, March 8
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.