PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Drexel extended its winning streak to six games Friday night, knocking off crosstown rival Temple 69-54 for its third victory over a Big 5 team this season.
Frank Elegar scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half and Scott Rodgers added 13 points for Drexel (8-2), which followed a big victory over No. 23 Syracuse by snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Owls (5-4).
“It’s a little different than it was in the past, and I have to remind my team of that,” Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. “This ain’t the Drexel of old.”
Drexel last beat Temple on March 3, 1982, 61-55. Earlier this season, the Dragons beat city rivals Villanova and Saint Joseph’s. Temple, Villanova, Saint Joseph’s, Pennsylvania and La Salle make up the Philly Big 5. Drexel lost to Penn 68-49 last month and isn’t scheduled to play La Salle this season.
“I’ve been saying this all year and sometimes I’ve got to remind my team that we can be really good,” Flint said.
Mason’s not surprised by Drexel’s winning ways.
“I actually predicted our record of 8-2,” Mason said. “I didn’t say where the two losses were coming from.”
Dustin Salisbery scored 15 points and Dionte Christmas added 12 for the Owls.
With the score tied at 43-all in the second half, Drexel took control with a 16-4 run. Randy Oveneke scored six points and Elegar had five during the outburst.
Drexel outrebounded Temple 44-25 and shot 28-for-36 from the line. Temple shot 10-for-17 from the line.
Temple scored the first nine points of the game, but Drexel rallied and tied the score at 17 on a layup by Mason.
Drexel shot just 30 percent from the field, but still led 31-30 at halftime. The Dragons were helped by 14-for-16 shooting from the line in the first period.
“I want to praise Drexel,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “They’re a really good basketball team. They did a great job.”