Frantz Massenat a big shot for Drexel

Posted: January 24, 2013

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Before each game, Drexel attempts halfcourt shots to wrap up its pregame shootaround. Wednesday, before the Dragons met Hofstra, the shooting ended prematurely when assistant coach Bobby Jordan sunk his shot.

That kept junior guard Frantz Massenat from getting his heave.

"Good thing," Massenat said. "Maybe I saved it."

Massenat connected on his lone halfcourt shot at the end of regulation and beat the buzzer to give Drexel a dramatic, 55-52 win over Hofstra (5-14, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association) at the Mack Sports Complex.

While there was debate about whether Massenat traveled, Drexel (7-11, 3-3) now has its first winning streak of the year.

"You see it in movies like all the time. The time goes off and then you see it go in," said Massenat, who tied Damion Lee for the team-high of 14 points. "My first excitement is grab my teammates, and my teammates ran on the court so it was just all good for me."

After surrendering a three-pointer with 6 seconds left that tied the game at 52-52, Drexel drew up a play in which Massenat would catch the ball at halfcourt. There would be two guards cutting on the wings, with Massenat having the option to pass or shoot.

The play never developed as two Hofstra defenders swarmed Massenat near the sideline, and he lost his dribble, coming to a stop. Knowing the clock was nearing zero, he split the defenders, stepped toward the hoop, and heaved it in that direction, hoping he had a soft touch. His aim proved to be on point as he scored the buzzer-beater to stun the crowd.

"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. "Because we weren't good tonight, but we were sure-enough lucky."

Hofstra coach Mo Cassara said he thought Massenat might have traveled on his step- through, believing his team had Massenat stopped. The junior said he really did not know if he took an extra step.

"I'm taught to step through in those spots," Massenat said. "That's what I did."

Massenat's heroics might not have been needed had Drexel not fumbled away a chance to seal the game. After the Dragons rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half to take a 52-49 lead, forward Kazembe Abif missed a wide-open teammate down the court and threw the ball out of bounds with 27 seconds left. Hofstra's Taran Buie then drilled a three-pointer, his seventh, to give him 29 points and tie the game.

Buie shot 10-for-20 from the field and 7-for-11 from beyond the arc.

But his final trey wouldn't be the big shot of the night, though. Just 6 seconds later, Massenat drilled perhaps the most important basket of the Drexel season, giving the team consecutive victories for the first time this year.

Drexel senior forward Daryl McCoy returned after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle and scored six points in 13 minutes off the bench.

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