The Drexel Dragons were down by 34 points against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens and managed a comeback the likes of which had never been seen before.
When it comes to Division I Men’s Basketball records, you don’t see the Drexel Dragons name come up all that much. They have long been the sixth school of the Philadelphia Big 5 and if we’re being honest, no one takes them all that seriously.
The last time the Dragons got invited to the NCAA Men’s Tournament was way back in 1996 and the highest the program has ever been ranked nationally was 35th, when they finished the 2007 season 23-9 and went to the NIT.
Currently the Dragons are 12-18 (6-11 in conference) and once again are in no danger of making the NCAA Tournament unless they happen to win the upcoming Colonial Athletic tournament.
However, all that being said, this Dragons team has seen improvement under second-year head coach Zach Spiker. If it wasn’t for injuries, this team could have had a much better record this season and made a much bigger impression.
What they accomplished Thursday night against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens is a perfect example of this.
At halftime, it looked for all intents and purposes that this one was already over. Drexel was down 53-19 and didn’t seem to have any answers for what Delaware was brining to the court.
Well, they must have found some during the intermission because once the second half started, it was all Drexel. They outscored Delaware 66-30 and shot an amazing 58 percent to come back from 34 points down to get a historic 85-83 win.
How historic? The old record was a 32-point comeback by Duke against Tulane that resulted in a 74-72 victory back on Dec. 30, 1950.
So yeah, comebacks like this don’t just happen everyday.
Drexel went 22-6 over the final six and a half minutes which included a 10-0 stretch that included a pair of three-pointers by Tramaine Isabell which was key to the comeback.
Isabell finished the night with a double-double, his sixth of the season, scoring 29 points to go with 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Sammy Mojica scored 16 while Troy Harper and Kurk Lee finished with 14 and 13 respectively.
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Ray Allen had 21 points for Delaware while Eric Carter had a double-double of his own with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Drexel finish the regular season at home against UNCW on Saturday.