PHILADELPHIA - A strong second half propelled Drexel to a 56-45 win over the College of Charleston Wednesday at Daskalakis Athletic Center.
The Dragons, who trailed the College of Charleston by as many as eight points and were down 28-22 at the half, went on a 13-2 blitz to start the second half and finished the game with another 13-2 run.
"It's our inability to shoot, to get to the free throw line. That's the story," said second-year College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik, whose team fell to 14-16 and 6-9 in its first season in the Colonial Athletic Association. The College of Charleston hasn't finished below .500 since the 2007-08 season when former coach Bobby Cremins' second team went 16-17.
"We just can't score. I don't have any answers for that. We just have to make shots," Wojcik added.
The Cougars played well in the opening 20 minutes, building an early 7-point lead and led 28-20 with 1:30 left in the first half. But Drexel came out breathing fire to start the second half and jumped out to a 35-30 lead. The Cougars were able to come back and tie the score at 43-43 with 5:15 remaining but were outscored 13-2 over the remainder of the contest.
The 11-point differential in the final score came at the free throw line where Drexel hit 18 of 20 compared to the Cougars' 7 of 8.
Drexel, which improved to 16-12, 8-7 in the CAA, was led by senior guard Frantz Massenat with 28 points, 20 coming in the second half. Chris Fouch added 11 points while Dartaye Ruffin scored 8 points and had 10 rebounds.
The College of Charleston didn't have a single player score in double figures with senior Willis Hall leading the Cougars with 9 points. Theo Johnson scored 8 points while point guard Anthony Stitt had a team-high 6 rebounds to go along with 5 points and 3 assists.
The College of Charleston closes out the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday in T.D. Arena against league-leading Delaware. It is Senior Day, with the Cougars bidding farewell to Nori Johnson, Anthony Thomas, Willis Hall and Hall's brother Judson Hall.
Despite the loss, the Cougars avoided having to participate in the play-in game at the CAA Tournament that will be held March 7-10 in Baltimore. William & Mary's 79-74 win over Hofstra assured the Cougars of no worse than a seventh-place finish in the league.