After dedicating court, Drexel goes on to defeat VCU

Posted: January 07, 2010

A festive atmosphere surround a Drexel victory last night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The Dragons began the evening by dedicating their new basketball court in memory of former coach Sam Cozen. Afterward, they held off Virginia Commonwealth, 75-72, in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

With his team up by a point with 12.7 seconds remaining, junior guard Gerald Colds hit a pair of foul shots. On the ensuing possession, VCU guard Joey Rodriguez missed a desperation three-pointer.

"He ain't the greatest foul-shooting cat in the world, but he was knocking them down," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said of Colds, who made 3 of 4 foul shots to improve to 65.6 percent for the season.

"That has been one of the big things that we talked about: 'Who was going to make the play at the end of the game?' "

The Dragons (8-8, 3-1 CAA) snapped their six-game series losing streak against the Rams (9-4, 1-3). Drexel's last win over VCU had come on Jan. 12, 2005.

Colds and backup freshman guard Chris Fouch were the difference last night.

Fouch made five of the Dragons' 10 three-pointers and finished with 19 points. Colds, who also scored 19, hit four treys. Point guard Jamie Harris (15 points, eight assists) had the other.

Drexel made 58.8 percent of its 17 shots from beyond the arc, a season-best for three-point percentage.

Before the game, Drexel held a ceremony at the Sam Cozen Court inscription near center court.

His children, Stephen A. Cozen and Ellen Scarcelle, participated in a ribbon-cutting.

The court was made possible with the help of an undisclosed six-figure donation by Sandy and Stephen Cozen and Ellen and Tony Scarcelle on behalf of the Cozen family.

Sam Cozen, who coached at Drexel from 1952 to 1968, has the most wins in school history. He compiled a 213-94 record and won 11 Middle Athletic Conference championships.


Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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