Drexel Overcomes Slow Start to Rally Past JMU, 73-68

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison surged to a 15-point lead in the first half, but Drexel was able to rally past the Dukes for a 73-68 Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The Dragons improve to 10-11 on the season and even their conference mark to 4-4, while the Dukes fall to 9-11 and 2-5.

Drexel was led by Troy Harper, who scored 22 points with six rebounds, while Trevor John and Camren Wynter tallied 15 and 14, respectively. James Butler finished a point away from a double-double with nine points and a game-high 16 rebounds in the DU win.

JMU was paced by redshirt senior guard Stuckey Mosley, who scored a game-high 25 points with five made 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Matt Lewisnotched 21 points, marking the sixth 20-point game for both Mosley and Lewis this season. Mosley also had a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and a season-best four steals, while Lewis led all players with five dimes.

JMU jumped out to a 24-9 lead eight minutes into the game, limiting Drexel to just two made buckets in the opening 10 minutes. Mosley scored 13 first-half points, which included making three treys to spark the fast start. However, Drexel chipped away at JMU's lead, holding the Dukes scoreless for the final 4:42 to end the period on an 11-0 run, to go with scoring 15 of the half's final 17 to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room.

Leading 37-36, a Harper three sparked a 10-2 Drexel run, a stretch in which he scored six of those points. JMU cut it back to four twice, but six straight points for DU, with a pair of buckets on second-chance opportunities, gave the hosts a 59-49 lead with six minutes to go. JMU never drew closer than five down the stretch.

Drexel shot 45 percent from the floor, though the Dukes limited DU to just three treys and 20 percent shooting from deep. JMU finished at 41 percent for the game and made nine triples, shooting just shy of 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The Dragons had 15 more free throws than the Dukes, but JMU struggled in its 12 attempts from the line, going just 3-of-12 (25%).
DU held a 45-35 advantage on the glass, with a slim 9-8 lead on the offensive end.
JMU outscored Drexel 15-9 in transition after tallying eight steals on DU's 11 turnovers.
Drexel extended its win streak over JMU to three straight games.

Stuckey Mosley combined for 47 points on the Delaware-Drexel road trip to bring himself less than 100 points away from 1,000 for his career.
He currently sits at 920 points in 52 career games (all starts) with the Dukes, averaging 17.7 points per game.

JMU returns home next week, as it hosts CAA leader Hofstra on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.