Lee carries Drexel past Southern Miss

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Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

It would have been impossible for Damion Lee to have the kind of performance he did on Sunday night in Drexel's sixth game last year.

Lee sat out that game with a knee injury and ended up missing the rest of the season. He made up for it this time around. Lee scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and the Dragons stunned Southern Mississippi, 59-36, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

"I'm just glad to be back," said Lee, who has played in more games than he did all of last season. "I always joked with the trainer every day, 'Finally I'm back.' It was just a matter of taking care of my body on and off the court."

Lee finished 7 for 10 from the floor, 4 for 4 on three-pointers, and 4 for 4 from the line. The former Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the year is averaging more than 20 points per game.

"Shooters shoot," Lee said. "Especially in this offense. One thing that I really do is pick my spots on the floor and know where I feel the most comfortable."

Drexel's Rodney Williams scored 12 points and Tyshawn Myles grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Southern Mississippi (3-2) has reached the NIT quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons and was knocked out in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated Drexel, 66-49, last season in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Of course, Lee missed that game.

"They crushed us," said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint. "He was happy he wasn't playing."

Drexel (2-4) will look to win its third straight when it hosts Division II University of the Sciences on Thursday at 7 p.m.

"We can't let a two-game winning streak get to our heads," Lee said before Flint cut him off.

"How could you let a two-game winning streak get to your head?" Flint asked.

Lee shrugged. "Some teams do," he said. "We can't act like we're better than what we are. The record still speaks to what we're doing."