WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William & Mary raced out to a big first-half lead and held on to defeat Drexel, 85-73, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
The Dragons (8-6, 0-1 CAA) cut the lead to seven on two occasions in the final 3 minutes but were not able to get any closer.
Frantz Massenat led Drexel with 19 points, while Tavon Allen and Chris Fouch scored 18 each.
The first half was all William & Mary (9-5, 1-0). The Tribe broke a 2-2 tie on a Kyle Gaillard three-pointer and never trailed again. William & Mary shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor in the half and was 8-for-13 from deep. Three different players had at least two treys as the Tribe put together a 9-0 run and led by as many as 17 points in the half. A three-pointer by Brandon Britt as time expired gave W&M a 46-30 lead at the break.