Drexel (27-5, 16-2 CAA) dominated ODU, 68-51, and moved on to the final of the CAA tournament in Richmond, Virginia.
The Dragons were lead by sophomore Frantz Massenat, who has been quiet lately but exploded in this game for 20 points and 4 assists. Also contributing was freshman stud Damion Lee, who had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Samme Givens scored 12 points and added on 12 boards for another double-double, not to mention his three blocks. Breakout star Chris Fouch also contributed with 16 points, following another impressive performances in the quarterfinals against UNCW on Saturday.
Drexel dominated the entire game, from start to finish. They simply outplayed ODU. Unlike the time they met in the regular season finale, which was a 1-point survival test for the Dragons, Drexel never had a doubt that they would win.
Drexel started out with a quick 9-0 lead, and never lost the lead for the rest of the game. With the score 27-17 at halftime. many were expecting a defensive slug fest. However, the second half proved to be just the opposite. Drexel scored 41 points in the second half, led by 25 combined points from Lee and Massenat.
Drexel always had ODU at an arm’s length, never letting them get within 7 points the entire second half. Drexel’s defense continued to be stellar as they held ODU to 19/57 from the field (33.3%), a paltry percentage. This included keeping forward Kent Bazemore, a player who burned them for 37 points and went 12-23 from the field last time they played, to 6-20 from the field and only 12 points.
With this win, the winning streak climbs to 19. Drexel now heads into the CAA final against red-hot VCU, a titanic match-up between the conference’s two best regular season teams.