Drexel 69, Towson 61
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Frank Elegar scored 20 points to lead Drexel to a 69-61 come-from-behind win over Towson on Monday night.
Kenell Sanchez had 14 points and Bashir Mason added 13 for the Dragons (12-8, 6-3 Colonial Athletic Association), who won their third straight game.
Gary Neal led the Tigers (9-9, 5-4) with a game-high 31 points, including a school-record seven 3-pointers. He was 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the second half.
With 3:21 remaining in the game, Chaz Crawford hit a pair of free throws to put Drexel ahead 58-56, and Drexel never trailed again.
Towson’s Tim Crossin hit a 3-pointer with 15:45 remaining to give the Tigers a 36-32 lead, their biggest of the game. But Drexel answered with a 10-0 run, and Dominick Mejia hit a 3-pointer with 11:05 remaining to give Drexel a 44-36 advantage.
Drexel prevailed for the first time this season in a game in which they trailed at halftime (1-8). The Tigers scored the final nine points of the first half to take a 26-24 edge at the break, their first lead of the game, on Dennard Abraham’s layup with five seconds left in the half.
Drexel scored the first nine points of the game as Towson went scoreless for 5:52.
It was Neal’s first game in Philadelphia since he and Michael Cleaves, both former players at La Salle University, were acquitted of rape charges in November 2005.