Fouch pushes Drexel past James Madison, 78-60

Posted: February 10, 2014

It was a game of two different halves on Saturday at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, as the Drexel Dragons downed the visiting James Madison Dukes, 78-60, in Colonial Athletic Association play.

Clinging to a 36-35 lead at halftime, Drexel used an offensive explosion in the second half to outscore the visitors, 42-25, and grab the victory. Drexel improved to 13-10 and 5-5 in CAA play.

Chris Fouch netted 19 of his 26 total points after intermission to lead the Dragons. Fouch connected on 8 of 15 shots from the floor, including 5 of 10 from three-point distance. Frantz Massenat netted 16 points for Drexel, and Rodney Williams notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said the second half surge was the result of Fouch and the rest of the Dragons getting better looks from the floor and, more important, working harder on the defensive end.

"I thought we played better defense in the second half, that was the bottom line," Flint said. "We had 36 [points] at the half, so our offense wasn't bad at halftime. Our defense was bad. . . . I thought the key to the game was we were just much, much better defensively in the second half."

James Madison was led by Charles Cooke, who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ron Curry added 17 points for the Dukes, who fell to 8-16 and 3-7 in the conference.

The Dukes went ahead by six points, 32-26, with 3 minutes, 9 seconds to play in the first half, but the Dragons closed out the frame with a 10-3 run to take the one-point lead into the intermission.

"At the end of the first half, we took bad shots," James Madison coach Matt Brady said. "Drexel, clearly, in the second half took it to us."

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