Drexel rallies to beat UNC Wilmington

Posted: January 20, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Drexel coach Bruiser Flint was sure Freddie Wilson had a big game in him. He just wasn't sure when Wilson would produce it.

Saturday turned out to be the perfect time.

With Drexel having only nine available players, Wilson used an explosive second half to put up a career-high 16 points, leading the Dragons to a 79-63, come-from-behind win over UNC Wilmington in Colonial Athletic Association play.

"We've just been waiting for him to do what he did. He just hasn't done it," Flint said. "He made a couple shots, he got some confidence, and, honestly, that's what we've been waiting for. It's not a surprise that he did it. It's more a surprise that he hasn't been doing it."

UNCW (6-14, 0-5) dominated the first 20 minutes, shooting 59.3 percent from the floor and racing to a 40-27 halftime lead.

The Dragons (10-7, 2-2) got back into the game thanks to a miserable second half start by the Seahawks. UNCW turned the ball over on its first two possessions as Drexel went on a 9-0 run.

With the Dragons down by 46-40, Wilson stuck his first three-pointer of the afternoon. Two minutes later, Frantz Massenat hit Wilson with a pass he laid up and turned into a traditional three-point play that tied the score.

After the Seahawks used two Cedrick Williams free throws to tie the score at 51, Wilson hit a jumper from the left corner, giving Drexel a lead it would not relinquish. All of his points came over 15 minutes of play in the second half. He went 3 of 5 from three-point range and 6 of 9 overall.

Massenat also had a career day, finishing with 30 points. It was his third straight game with 20-plus points. He also added a game-high eight assists.

Chris Fouch responded after a sluggish start in the first half to score nine points in the final 20 minutes and finish with 14 points.

But it was Wilson's effort that stole the show and helped the Dragons shoot 66.7 percent in the second half (16 of 24).

"He gave us a big lift because we needed that next person who could sort of score the ball a little bit," Flint said. "Hopefully it's a start for him."

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