Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drexel defeats James Madison, 78-57

A lot of rust had built up on the 6-foot-8 frame of Drexel's Leon Spencer after he suffered a broken left wrist against Rutgers on Nov. 20.

In the Dragons' 78-57 win over James Madison last night at the Daskalakis Center, it took a few possessions to shake that rust off. Playing with a thickly wrapped soft cast on his left hand, the senior forward soon returned to form.

Expected to be used sparingly in his return, Spencer instead played 16 minutes, scoring nine points to go with seven rebounds.

There were no numbers to tell what his return meant to the team.

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  • Spencer's comeback, along with strong second-half shooting by Jamie Harris and Chris Fouch, helped the Dragons improve to 10-10 overall and 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

    "Besides his stats, [Spencer] brought a lot of energy with him, too," Harris said. "That was something we needed on the court, and he brought it."

    Harris and Fouch combined for seven three-pointers during the second half, in which the Dragons outscored the Dukes, 51-28, while erasing James Madison's 29-27 halftime lead.

    Harris, a combined 6 for 26 from the field in the Dragons' previous two games, finished with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. The junior point guard scored eight straight points to follow three consecutive three-pointers by Fouch as Drexel went on a 39-16 run.

    In a dominant second half, Drexel shot 61.3 percent and made 8 of 11 three-pointers.

    "Drexel dominated the second half in just about every way conceivable," said James Madison coach Matt Brady, a former assistant at St. Joseph's. "It seemed like the roof caved in on us."

    Fouch finished with 13 points, while Samme Givens pulled down 15 rebounds. Drexel outrebounded the Dukes (8-10, 2-6) by 22 and received 37 points from its bench.

    Denzel Bowles led James Madison with 19 points.

     

    Brendan F. Quinn For The Inquirer
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