Men's Basketball Falls to Drexel, 64-52, on New Year's Eve
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/31/2008

Dec. 31, 2008

Box Score

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.

Tasheed Carr scored 19 points and Ahmad Nivins had 16 points and eight rebounds for Saint Joseph's.

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.