PHILADELPHIA – Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat combined for 35 points to secure a 56-45 Senior Night victory over College of Charleston on Wednesday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Behind two of the Colonial Athletic Association’s top 10 scorers, the Dragons (16-12, 8-7 CAA) avoided the regular-season series sweep and avenged a last-second, 47-46 road loss to the Cougars (14-16, 6-9 CAA) on Feb. 13 in Charleston, S.C.
Massenat registered a game-high 24 points, while Fouch (17.9 ppg) was limited to 11. Charleston led the entire first half and went into halftime up 28-22.
The Dragons scored 13 of their points off of 13 turnovers by CofC and held the Cougars to just 17 points going on a 16-4 run to open the second half of play. Massenat knocked down a three-pointer to put the home team up by six, 38-32, with 13 minutes left in regulation.
Graduate senior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) made an off-balance jumper and tied the score at 43-all with 5:15 remaining. But, it was all Fouch and Massenat, as the duo went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and Massenat hit a dagger three to put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the ballgame.
Charleston had no player in double figures and was led by nine from Hall and eight from sophomore Theo Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) off the bench. The Cougars shot 32.7 percent from the floor (17-of-52) and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-17).
With the win, Drexel clinched the final top four tournament seed in the upcoming CAA Championship to be held on March 7-10 in Baltimore, Md. CofC is now in a three-way tie for fifth in the league standings and will battle James Madison and Northeastern for the No. 5 through No. 7 spots this weekend. The Cougars split the regular-season series with the Dukes and Huskies.
CofC will host current league leader Delaware (21-9, 13-2 CAA) in both team’s regular-season finale on Senior Day set for Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. The game will be televised live regionally on Comcast SportsNet.
· For the 12th time this season, College of Charleston used the starting five of junior guard Anthony Stitt, senior combo guard Nori Johnson, senior small forward Anthony Thomas, graduate senior forward Willis Hall and junior forward Adjehi Baru (4-8).
· Drexel claimed its first win in the all-time series to which CofC still leads 3-1. The Dragons avoided the CAA regular-season series sweep by the Cougars, who won a last-second, 47-46 decision on Feb. 13.
· Willis Hall led the Cougars in scoring with nine points, while Anthony Stitt led the team in rebounding for only the third time of his career with six rebounds. Hall has tabulated 1,124 career points to date.
· Theo Johnson registered a season-high eight points off the bench. He shot a career-best 4-for-4 from the free throw line and tied a season-best with two blocked shots in 19 minutes of action against the Dragons.
· David Wishon played a career-high 27 minutes and had a nice stat line with six points, three rebounds, a career-high two assists and two blocked shots at Drexel.
· CofC outrebounded Drexel, 33-31 (+2), and has now outboarded its opponents this season in 20-of-30 contests including 10-of-15 CAA games.
· For the 15 time this season, the Cougars shared the basketball well with 10-or-more assists in game. They made 10 against Drexel behind a game-high three from floor general Anthony Stitt.
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On the road loss to Drexel …
“We did a good job on (Chris) Fouch and were able to play defense and rebound well on their home court on Senior Night. Quite a few players played well for us tonight. But, it was our inability to score the basketball, our inability to shoot it and our inability to get to the free throw line. When you look at our conference only stats, we’ve gotten beat pretty much every game at the free throw line. I thought the game was lost in the first four minutes (of the second half) when we didn’t rebound the basketball. They got a lot of loose balls and rebounds that we needed to get, which gave them energy. We came flying back to tie the game at 43, but then we couldn’t score from that point on.”
On the play of David Wishon and Theo Johnson off the bench …
“David (Wishon) really did have a good game. He had two great passes including one that leads Canyon (Barry) to a layup. He is a big target inside. I thought he played well and Theo (Johnson) played well. Theo’s two blocks were terrific and his defense was great out there tonight. I also thought Anthony Stitt had a good floor game. Overall, it was a much better floor game for us than what we had at Wilmington.”