Ruffin, Lee spark Drexel's win over William & Mary

Posted: January 24, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Drexel proved once again that it belongs at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association. Led by Dartaye Ruffin's career-high 18 points and freshman guard Damion Lee's 17, the Dragons extended their winning streak to seven games with a 64-48 win over William & Mary last night.

Drexel head coach James "Bruiser" Flint said the key to his team's success was keeping the Tribe away from the foul line.

"It's one of the reasons we can't win down here," said Flint, whose team got its first win here since 2006. "We get into trouble. We've got to play defense without fouling, and that's what we did."

Despite two early triples from William & Mary to open the second half, Ruffin opened and closed the scoring for Drexel in the half to help carry the Dragons (15-5, 7-2 CAA) to the victory. Less than 4 minutes into the second, Ruffin hit a pair from the line and a quick layup to push the Dragons to a 34-27 advantage.

Frantz Massenat's three-pointer with 15:44 to go extended Drexel to a 10-point advantage, and Lee followed with buckets to extend the lead to 41-27. A Lee three-pointer at 12:39 boosted the lead to 17. William & Mary (4-17, 2-7 CAA) tried to threaten, but never got closer than 15. Ruffin went 3-for-3 from the floor in the final 2 minutes and the Dragons picked up their 13th victory in 14 games.

Daryl McCoy opened the contest with a layup and one for the Dragons. But back-to-back buckets from Tribe sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven and freshman forward Marcus Thornton put William & Mary at a 4-3 advantage.

Lee netted two for the Dragons before Thornton hit a triple from the left side, giving the Tribe a 7-5 lead. The Dragons closed the gap and gained a 10-9 edge after Lee netted his own three-point bucket from the left side and guard Derrick Thomas hit a jumper.

Rusthoven and Matt Rum added a layup each for the Tribe, and Ruffin and Kazembe Abif contributed a pair apiece for Drexel. Ruffin went 4-of-4 in two trips to the line, and Lee netted a layup and three-point shot to spark the Dragons' surge. Massenat's buzzer-beating triple sent Drexel into the locker room with a 30-21 edge.

On the night, Drexel finished the game shooting at 50 percent, including 6-for-142 from three-point range, and shot 10-for-12 from the line. Senior forward Samme Givens picked up eight rebounds to move to 10th in CAA career rebounds.

Drexel will host Georgia State tomorrow night.

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