Men’s Basketball: Live blogging Tribe-Drexel

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February 28, 2009

6:36 PM

Tribe holds on

Stein missed two free throws with 6.3 seconds left after collecting Jamie Harris’s missed leaner and getting fouled.

Rodgers raced down left side of the court, stopped along the baseline and fired a 7-foot jumper that glanced off the front of the iron and out.

Tribe wins.

Stein must feel relieved his misses proved meaningless.

Sumner hits a three

Tribe leads 48-47 with 20.3 seconds left.

Brown found Sumner open on the left wing, and Sumner’s three-point hit nothing but net to give the Tribe its first in over 8 minutes.

Drexel calls a timeout.

What does Bruiser draw up? I’d give the ball to Rodgers even though he’s 3 of 15 from the floor.

Crowd on its feet.

Coming down to the wire

Schneider grabs a rebound off Hawthorne’s missed three-pointer and takes the ball to halfcourt. Shaver calls a timeout with 40.2 seconds remaining to setup a potential game-tying or lead-taking shot.

Sumner, McDowell, Schneider, Stein and Brown on the floor for the Tribe.

Back-and-forth continues

Three lead changes in 3 possessions as Drexel holds a 44-43 lead. Both teams are in the bonus, so free throw shooting will be important down the stretch.

Drexel shoots 67.7 percent from the foul line. The Tribe hits 66 percent of its foul shots.

Tribe goes cold

The Tribe is 1 of 7 from the floor after taking a 35-25 lead. Drexel, fueled by Rodgers, is on a 14-2 run and up 39-37.

Drexel fights back

The Dragons started 0 of 6 from three before Scott Rodgers hit two consecutive treys. McCurdy fouled Rodgers on his first attempt and Rodgers converted the 4-point play.

It’s now 35-34 Tribe. The College needs to respond to Drexel’s 9-0 run.

Three-pointers boost Tribe

McDowell and Sumner hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Tribe its largest lead of the game at 32-23.

Seeding scenarios

If the Tribe beats Drexel and Towson loses to George Mason, the College will earn the 10-seed and play 7-seed JMU Friday at 6 p.m.

A loss drops the Tribe to the 11-seed and an 8:30 p.m. tipoff in a potential rematch against Drexel.

Tribe leads 21-16

Shaver should be pretty pleased with his team’s first-half performance, especially the defense.

The Tribe outrebounded the CAA’s second leading rebounding team by one and held Drexel to just 7 field goals.

Schneider’s 6 points lead the Tribe.

Shaver spices up slow game

Coach Shaver, channeling his inner Bruiser Flint, walked to halfcourt to dispute a call. Red in the face and steamed over a missed call, which gave Drexel possession, Shaver let the refs have it for a couple possessions.

He came pretty close to a technical foul, but did fire his team up enough for a quick 6-0 spurt that forced Drexel to call timeout.

Tribe leads 19-12 after its run.

Teams trading baskets early

Back-and-forth action early as the Tribe takes an 8-6 lead with 14:22 left.

McCurdy, who sat out the last game after suffering a concussion against Manhattan Feb. 21, checks into the game at the first media timeout.

Senior night for Darnell, Stein

The crowd gave long standing ovations for both Chris Darnell and Peter Stein when they were introduced on Senior Night. They’re two guys who’ve been a big part of Head Coach Tony Shaver’s rebuilding of the program, especially the run to the CAA title game in 2009.

Both Darnell and Stein earn starts in their final home game.

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