Superior rebounding and stifling defense proved to be the difference Saturday as visiting Drexel defeated William & Mary 59-48 in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Kaplan Arena.
Junior guard Frantz Massenat had 19 points for the Dragons (6-11, 2-3 CAA), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Sophomore guard Damion Lee came off the bench to score 10 points, and junior forward Dartave Ruffin grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Junior forward Tim Rusthoven scored 19 points to lead three players who scored in double figures for the Tribe (7-10, 1-5), which has lost seven in a row. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton scored 14 points. Junior guard Brandon Britt scored 13.
Drexel shot 42.9 percent from the field while holding William & Mary to 32.7 percent. The Dragons also made 8 of 19 3-point attempts and amassed a 35-23 rebounding advantage.
Drexel took an early lead and never trailed. The game was tied at 12-12 midway through the first half, but Massenat made a layup to put the Dragons up for good with 9:42 remaining in the first half. Drexel led 32-24 at the half and went up by as many as 16 in the second period.