Dec. 2, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Frank Elegar scored a career-high 23 points, Chaz Crawford blocked seven shots and Drexel muscled its way to a 72-56 win Saturday over city rival Saint Joseph's.
Dominick Mejia added 19 points for Drexel and the Dragons dominated the interior with 13 blocked shots.
Drexel (4-2) was never seriously threatened after a 21-2 run early in the first half. The Dragons took a 25-9 lead on Elegar's jump hook with just over seven minutes before halftime.
Saint Joseph's needed 13 first-half points from Pat Calathes just to keep things close. Take away Calathes and the remaining Hawks shot just 3-for-21 (14 percent) in the first half.
Drexel put the game away with a 14-3 run early in the second half and pushed the lead to 54-34 on Mejia's 3-pointer with just under 10 minutes to play.
The Dragons won despite committing 23 turnovers in a game that was often played at a breakneck, but sloppy, pace.
Crawford and Elegar played ferocious interior defense throughout the game, as Saint Joseph's leading scorer, Ahmad Nivins, was held to just one point. Nivins entered the game averaging 16.2 points but was harassed into an 0-for-5 night from the floor.
Calathes led the Hawks (4-2) with a career-high 19 points and was the only Saint Joseph's player to score in double figures.
The Hawks go on the road next to play three games in three days at the NABC Classic at Louisville's Freedom Hall, December 8-10.