Newark, Del. – Frantz Massenat scored 18 points, but Delaware defeated Drexel, 71-60, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams. Devon Saddler led Delaware with 30 points. The Dragons fell to 2-4 on the season.
Drexel trailed for almost the entire game, but the contest was always within reach. Drexel had the lead down to seven after a pair of Frantz Massenat free throws with 2:40 left. The Dragons pressed and stole the ball, but Damion Lee missed a running left handed lay-up, Delaware got the rebound and Devon Saddler scored and was fouled. He converted the three-point play, which gave the Blue Hens a commanding 10-point lead. Drexel would get no closer the rest of the way. The Hens were 17-for-22 from the line in the second half as they improved to 3-3 on the season
Drexel fell behind by as many as 10 points on two occasions during the first half, but made a 7-2 run to end the half and get back in the game. Kazembe Abif came off the bench with five minutes to play in the half and sparked the Dragons. The freshman blocked a shot and made a pair of short jumpers as the Dragons trimmed the lead to 30-25 at intermission, despite shooting just 33 percent from the floor.
Massenat was 9-for-11 from the line, but was just 4-for-13 from the floor. Daryl McCoy came off the bench and scored eight points to go along with a season-high 15 rebounds. Derrick Thomas had a solid game with 14 points (6-for-10). Senior Samme Givens was saddled with foul trouble and was held scoreless. For the Hens, Saddler finished 10-for-16 from the floor and made four of his five long range attempts. Jamelle Hagins finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Delaware shot 47 percent from the floor and outrebounded Drexel, 40-32.
Drexel is off for seven days during finals week. The team returns to the court on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Princeton University at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. It will be the team's home opener.