Massenat leads Drexel to victory

Posted: February 18, 2014

IN THE Jan. 29 meeting between Drexel and Hofstra, Frantz Massenat elevated his game to a different level, scoring 32 points as the Dragons escaped Long Island with a narrow win.

Last time, he again led the Dragons (14-11, 6-6 Colonial Athletic Conference) to a victory over Hofstra, this time 74-63 at home.

Massenat, a senior, did not need to score as much as he did in the first meeting to ensure that Drexel would earn its sixth win in the CAA.

He had a game-high 24 points, with 12 of them coming in the first half, and did everything else well to lead his team. He grabbed five rebounds, dished seven assists, and took command of the game when it mattered.

"I wanted to come out more aggressive today, personally," Massenat said. "Coach [Bruiser Flint] always tells me, 'Play aggressive, your game is to play aggressive.'

"I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to win. Trying to have fun your last four games, you want to go out with memorable moments."

With approximately 13 minutes left in the game, he elevated above the rim to block a Dion Nesmith layup that would have cut the Drexel lead to one. Just a minute and a half later, he drained a three to put some distance between the teams. Last season, Massenat drained a 50-foot buzzer-beater to win at Hofstra.

"When their stars needed to make a play, they did," Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. "When their stars needed to step up, they did. And that's how you define a star. When you have a chance to make your team win, make your team win."

Massenat got some help from the big guys on the blocks. Both Rodney Williams and Dartaye Ruffin had good games down low. Williams managed 11 points and seven rebounds, and Ruffin added 10 points and nine rebounds.

"The way they were playing us, I thought some of the opportunities we missed in the first game were to get easy buckets inside," Flint said. "Honestly, that opened it up for Frantz, the way they were playing. We kept throwing it to them, got some easy baskets underneath, got some plays underneath the basket. We talked about it a little bit."

Drexel did a good job guarding Zeke Upshaw in the rematch. He dropped 27 on the Dragons in January, but was limited to 20 this time, with 16 coming in the second half when the game was out of reach. He was 5-for-12 from the field, with all of his makes coming from beyond the arc.

The Dragons, who got 16 points from Chris Fouch, used a hot shooting second half to pull away. They shot 54.5 percent in the second half after just 43.5 percent in the first.

Drexel travels to James Madison on Wednesday to take on the Dukes.

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