Drexel wins sixth in a row

A struggling Georgia State squad visited Drexel tonight at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, where the home team took the floor as the hottest team in the Colonial Athletic Association.

About 10 minutes in, the visitors were in an insurmountable hole and well on their way to a 64-47 defeat.

The Dragons, who were up by 15 points at intermission, had a 47-29 lead with 9 minutes, 17 seconds remaining.

In winning its sixth consecutive game, Drexel improved to 11-8 overall and 7-3 in the league. The Panthers, who dropped their third in a row and seventh in the last nine games, fell to 5-16 and 3-7.

Georgia State is in its fourth year as a member of the CAA. The Panthers are coached by Rod Barnes, who guided the team at Mississippi for eight years.

It was 54-35 with 5:59 showing on the clock, and although the Panthers pulled to within 56-43 with 1:33 to go, Drexel was never in serious danger.

The Dragons were led in scoring by guard Scott Rodgers (17 points), forward Leon Spencer (12) and guard Tramayne Hawthorne (10).

For Georgia State, forward Trey Hampton was the only scorer in double figures with 10 points.

When the teams met Jan. 10 in Atlanta, Drexel escaped with a 53-50 win when Georgia State missed two three-point attempts and the front end of a one-and-one in the last 12 seconds. That successful outcome touched off the Dragons' winning streak.

After Hampton went up high tonight to throw down an alley-oop pass, the score was knotted, 8-8, with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

Neither team showed much marksmanship from the floor early, and it did not get much better for the visitors as the first half unfolded.

And with its turnover-forcing defense, Drexel created some offense for itself.

After a three-point jumper from the right wing by Hawthorne put the Dragons up by 13-10, steals by Hawthorne and guard Jamie Harris led to baskets from Spencer and Samme Givens for a 17-10 Drexel lead.

Two Harris baskets from beyond the arc sandwiched one by Rodgers, and the Dragons had a 26-12 advantage with 1:20 left before intermission.

Drexel outrebounded Georgia State, 23-11, and had 10 offensive boards in the half.

Formbor out. Yannick Formbor, Drexel's 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, sat out his second consecutive game with a groin injury.


Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.