Sunday, December 10, 2006

Drexel Downs Villanova For First Time EVER, as Dragons Scorch Wildcats, 81-76, at Pavilion

Villanova had faced Drexel 17 times, in a series which began in 1924, prior to Saturday night, December 9. On all 17 occasions, the Wildcats had defeated the Dragons. However, the 18th time proved to be the charm for Drexel, as they scorched Villanova at the Pavilion, 81-76, to bring back to University City, for the first time, a victory over the Wildcats. (It was only Drexel's second shot at Villanova since 1990; Jay Wright was once an assistant there, and that may explain why Drexel has had two chances since he took over for the 2001-02 season.)

Curtis Sumpter had a stellar game, scoring 31 points and grabbing 1o rebounds for a remarkable double-double, but he couldn't do it alone. For Drexel, Bashir Mason led the way with 21 points, and Frank Elegar had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Drexel took the lead for good when Elegar broke a 71-71 tie, scoring off an offensive rebound, with 4:12 to play.

Drexel improved to 6-2; Villanova fell to 7-2.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats will now have 11 days to brood over this defeat, while they contend with exams. Their next contest will be hosting Rider at the Pavilion on Wednesday, December 20.

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