Cleveland, Ohio – Freshman Damion Lee led four players in double figures with 18 points as Drexel defeated Cleveland State, 69-49, for its 15th consecutive victory. The 15 wins tied a school Division I record set by the 1995-96 team. Drexel improved to 23-5 on the season and has now won all four of its Bracketbusters games.
Drexel raced out to a big lead early as the defense held Cleveland State (20-8) to just one field goal in the first eight minutes of the game. Chris Fouch scored on a driving lay-up with 12:19 left in the half to put Drexel ahead by 16. The Vikings hit a pair of threes on consecutive trips, forcing Drexel to call time. However, the rest of the half belonged to DU. The Dragons shot 50 percent from the floor and committed just two turnovers against one of the Horizon's League top defenses. Lee had 13 points in the first half, while Dartaye Ruffin added eight. Cleveland State made just eight field goals in the half, four of them coming from behind the arc.
The Dragons kept the pressure on and opened up the second half with a 13-5 run to increase their lead to 24 points. Drexel nailed three three-pointers in the first three minutes of the half, two by Frantz Massenat and one by Lee. The lead would get as high as 29 points as Drexel went on to its 21st win in its last 22 games.
Lee finished with 18 points on just six shot attempts. He was 5-for-6 from the floor, which included two three-pointers, and was 6-for-6 from the line. Daryl McCoy had a season-high 13 points and finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. Fouch and Massenat each added 10 points. Samme Givens grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds and now has 992 in his career.
Drexel continued its impressive shooting, knocking down 49 percent of its shots from the floor. On the defensive end, the Dragons held the Vikings to just 27 percent shooting. Trevon Harmon led Cleveland State with 23 points, including five three-pointers.
Drexel returns to conference play on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The Dragons play James Madison on Senior Night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center at 7 p.m. It will be the final home appearance for Philadelphia native Samme Givens. The game can be seen live on ESPNU.