PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dominick Mejia and Kenell Sanchez each
scored 21 points and were a combined 21-for-24 from the free-throw
line to lift Drexel to a 68-57 win over James Madison on Wednesday
The Dragons (1-0 Colonial Athletic Association, 4-6) snapped a
five-game losing streak.
James Madison (0-2, 2-3) only trailed 31-29 with 19:48 remaining
in the game after Chris Cathlin scored on a layup.
However, that was the closest the Dukes would get in the second
half. Drexel scored nine of the next 12 points and capped the run
with a pair of free throws by Frank Elegar to give the Dragons a
40-32 lead with 16:16 left. A pair of free throws by Mejia gave
Drexel its biggest lead, 58-46, with 6:04 remaining.
James Madison stole the ball 11 times, but shot 36 percent from
the field and made only 3-of-14 3-point attempts.
Elegar finished with 12 points for Drexel.
Ray Barbosa scored the Dukes' first nine points of the game and
had 15 of his 19 total points in the first half. Daniel Freeman
scored 12 points off the bench and Cavell Johnson added 11 for
The Dukes only trailed 31-27 at halftime thanks to Drexel's 14
Barbosa hit a pair of free throws to spark an 8-1 run that gave
the Dukes a 24-21 lead with 5:51 left in the first half. The
Dragons answered back, scoring eight of the next 10 points as a
pair of free throws by Mejia put Drexel ahead 29-26 with 2:16 left
in the first half. The Dragons never trailed again.