Dec. 31, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Drexel (4-6) used two second-half runs and held off city rival Saint Joseph's, 64-52, on New Year's Eve at the Palestra. It is the second straight loss for the Hawks, dropping them to 5-7.
Scott Rodgers led Drexel with 18 points.
SJU led by as much as 11 points in the first half, but saw Drexel close out the half with a 16-4 run, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Jamie Harris that sent the Dragons into intermission with a 30-28 lead.
Leading 35-30 with 15:48 left, the Dragons went on an 11-4 run, then, after a free throw by Carr, scored 12 of the next 14 points to lead 58-37 at the 3:58 mark.
SJU went on a major scoring drought, having scored just seven points with seven minutes to play, while shooting 22 percent from the field in the half.
Saint Joseph's made a valiant effort to get back in it, going on a 15-1 run to close within 59-52 with 32 seconds left, but could get no closer.
The Dragons went 24-for-40 from the foul line and outrebounded the Hawks, 40-27.
Saint Joseph's travels to Ball State on Saturday and then opens conference play the following week hosting Rhode Island on January 10.