LORETTO, Pa. -- Samme Givens scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Drexel defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 61-59 on Saturday.
Givens was 8 of 8 from the field as the Dragons (8-1) shot 46.3 percent for the game (19 of 41). It was the sixth straight win for Drexel, which came off a 52-46 victory over No. 20 Louisville on Dec. 14.The Dragons trailed 43-40 midway through the second half but went on a 16-6 run to pull away. Givens' layup gave Drexel a 56-49 lead with 2:58 to play.Drexel, which is outrebounding opponents by more than 14 a game, won the battle of the boards 36-22 and had 11 second-chance points against the Red Flash (2-9).Gerald Colds added 17 points and Chris Fouch had 10 for the Dragons.St. Francis was led by Anthony Ervin with 20 points. Chris Johnnson and Mislav Jukic chipped in 10 points apiece for the Red Flash.