Drexel Dragons Come Up Just Short in 72-71 Loss at Towson

Towson, Md. - Frantz Massenat scored 24 points, but Drexel could not convert its opportunities in the final seconds as Towson defeated the Dragons, 72-71, at the Towson Center. The Dragons committed a turnover with 11 seconds to play but still had a chance after Towson made just one of two at the line, Damion Lee drove the lane and missed, but Kazembe Abif came up with a board and was fouled. He had two free throws attempts with 1.2 seconds left to tie it, but missed the first as Towson improved to 11-5 in CAA play. The Dragons are now 7-9 in CAA play.

The Tigers (16-13) took a three-point lead with 1:20 to play when Jerelle Benimon scored and was fouled to put Towson ahead, 71-68. Drexel (11-17) answered with a Derrick Thomas lay-in with just a minute left. Benimon was sent to the line, but missed a pair of free throws and Drexel had a chance to have the last possession. However, Lee turned the ball over and Drexel was forced to foul. Jerome Hairston was sent to the line and made one of two, giving the Dragons one more chance to win or tie the game.

Towson went on a 15-6 run midway through the first half to take a 12-point lead with 3:47 left in the half. Jerome Hairston's lay-in made it 35-23 in favor of the hosts. Hairston had 14 points in the early going. The Dragons were able to cut the lead down to eight points at intermission, as Massenat scored his 15th point of the half on a jumper and Daryl McCoy made a short bank shot with just eight seconds to play in the half. The Tigers shot 54 percent from the floor in the first half and made five of their eight three-point attempts.

Massenat came within one point of his career-high and finished 10-for-12 from the line. He also finished with three assists. Thomas finished with 13, his eighth straight game with 10 points or more. Lee had 12 points, all in the second half, and McCoy tied a season-high with 10 points.

Hairston led Towson with a career-high 20 points. Benimon finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Tigers shot 46 percent in the game, but the Drexel defense played much better in the second half, allowing the Tigers just nine field goals.
Drexel returns home for a few days off before playing at Old Dominion on Thursday night in Norfolk. It will be the final road game of the regular season. The Dragons conclude the regular season next Saturday against UNCW. The game will be Drexel's Senior Night as Chris Fouch, Daryl McCoy and Derrick Thomas play their final game in the DAC.