A Drexel basket brought the score to an innocuous 5-3 in the first two minutes of its game against Delaware. The next 38 minutes were a lot more interesting.
The Blue Hens went on a 48-16 run to take a 34-point first-half lead on Drexel, only to cough it up as Dragons outscored them 66-30 the rest of the way to complete the largest comeback in Division I history in an 85-83 victory:
Once down by 34 points (53-19), Drexel defeated Delaware tonight 85-83. It is the largest comeback in Division I MBB history, breaking a record that stood since 12-30-1950 (Duke beat Tulane after trailing by 32).
The 34-point comeback tops the previous record of 32 by Duke on Dec. 30, 1950. That’s more than 67 years ago, for those keeping score at home.
Delaware had a win probability of at least 99 percent for about 11 minutes in the middle of the game. They led 56-29 at halftime and still managed to lose. Drexel shot 56.8 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point range after halftime. They opened the second half on an 18-4 run and, after the lead was pushed back to 17 points, responded with another 17-4 run to keep things interesting.
Tramaine Isabell led the way for the Dragons with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. He scored or assisted on 38 points after halftime, and he scored 27 of his 29 points in the final 22:30 of the game. Drexel finally retook a two-point lead on Delaware with 1:55 left and, after Delaware tired the game, again took the lead with 1:13 left. But a Ryan Daly jumper with 10 seconds left to tie the game. On Drexel’s final possession, Isabell was fouled shooting a three and, with 2.2 seconds left, he made two of three free throws.
Drexel would, of course, go on to win.
The great thing about college basketball is you can get a historic performance out of Drexel and Delaware on a random Thursday night. And it’s not even March yet.
Heavily-pursued Drexel graduate transfer Damion Lee cuts his list to five
A 6-foot-6 wing, Lee was the CAA’s leading scorer this past season, averaging 21.4 points before breaking his right hand in February. The Baltimore native took to Twitter to announce his final five on Sunday.
I have narrowed my list down to these schools in alphabetical order:
In addition to being a strong scorer, Lee averaged 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. As a graduate transfer, Lee is eligible to play in 2015-16 and will be a major boost to whichever program he chooses.
Drexel loses leading scorer for remainder of season to broken right hand
After winning six straight games to rebound from a slow start to conference play, Drexel has lost three straight games with the most recent being an 83-73 overtime loss at Northeastern on Saturday. And what makes matters even worse for head coach Bruiser Flint is the fact that he also lost his leading scorer in that game.
Damion Lee, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL, suffered a broken right hand in Saturday’s defeat. The news was announced by the school Sunday afternoon. Lee, who’s averaging 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, plays just over 38 minutes per game for the Dragons.
Against Northeastern, Lee played all 45 minutes and tallied 30 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Lee is an incredibly important player for a team that in conference games is ranked ninth (out of ten teams) in scoring offense and dead last in field goal percentage. Without Lee, Drexel’s hopes of getting hot in next month’s conference tournament take a significant hit.
Report: Wake Forest transfer finds a new spot in the CAA
Saturday afternoon’s contest between Drexel and College of Charleston features two teams looking to make a move up the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Both the host Dragons and Cougars have struggled for consistency this season but will play each other for the first of two scheduled contests.
Drexel (4-14, 2-5) will be led by high-scoring and productive guard Damion Lee. The 6-foot-6 junior rarely leaves the floor and is averaging 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Dragons. College of Charleston (6-14, 1-6) relies on more of a balanced approach to get it done and the Cougars are led by sophomore guards Canyon Barry and Joe Chealey.
Drexel sophomore point guard Major Canady will miss the entire 2014-2015 season due to an ankle injury, the school announced on Friday afternoon.
During Thursday’s practice, Canady suffered an injury to his right ankle, which will require surgery. He is the second player to be sidelined the full season joining forward Kazembe Abif, who tore his ACL this past spring. Combined, Canady and Abif started 26 games for the Dragons last season, with Canady starting 14 of the final 15 games.
Drexel graduated the high-scoring back court duo of Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat, and were counting on Canady being a key fixture on the perimeter alongside all-conference wing Damion Lee and junior Tavon Allen. In Canady’s absence, freshmen guards Rashann London and Sammy Mojica will be see more playing time than originally expected. Lee told NBCSports.comlast month that both freshmen had impressive moments during Drexel’s summer trip to China. Freddie Wilson will also likely see a bump in his minutes.
For head coach Bruiser Flint this is become an all too familiar trend. Last season, he lost Lee to an ACL tear in November and Abif for 14 games, including the final month of the season. During the 2012-2013 season, Fouch appeared in only three games before suffering a season-ending injury.
The Dragons were picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association behind Northeastern, William & Mary and Hofstra. Drexel begins the season on Nov. 14, on the road, against Colorado.