Fairfax, VA (Sports Network) - Damion Lee netted 29 points, including a
decisive 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to lead the Drexel Dragons to a
58-54 road victory over the George Mason Patriots in a Colonial Athletic
Association bout at the Patriot Center.
Lee, who also collected nine rebounds, shot 11-of-19 from the floor and
carried Drexel (9-12, 5-4 CAA) offensively, finishing with exactly half of the
Dragons' points. Derrick Thomas chipped in 12 points while Dartaye Ruffin
corralled a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sherrod Wright shot a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line and scored 15 points
for George Mason (12-9, 5-4) which dropped its second consecutive game.
Jonathan Arledge added 14 points.
The home team jumped out to a 12-1 lead and controlled the action for the
duration of the first half. The Patriots shot 54.2 percent in the first half
while connecting on 4-of-7 from long range. The hosts went ahead by as many as
20 points in the period and led 38-25 at intermission.
Drexel chipped away at the deficit and took its first lead of the game midway
through the second half on a layup by Lee. Later in the period, Wright and Lee
traded baskets, tying the score with 2:16 remaining. After empty possessions
each way, Franz Massenat found Lee coming off a screen for the crucial 3-point
Drexel outrebounded George Mason, 39-28, with 14 of those boards coming at the
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