Allen leads Drexel with substantial performance

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Posted: February 25, 2014

NEWARK, Del. - Frantz Massenat sat with his elbows on his knees a few seats down from Dartaye Ruffin for much of the second half. The seniors were summoned to the bench early in the second half with four fouls apiece. Drexel had to turn to someone else for production against CAA power Delaware on the road.

Tavon Allen seized the opportunity.

Any time Drexel needed a bucket, Allen provided it in the Dragons' impressive 69-65 win at the Bob Carpenter Center. The sophomore guard poured in a career-high 25 points off the bench, with none bigger than a transition layup with just over a minute remaining to push the Dragons (15-12, 7-7 CAA) out to a 66-63 lead. He had 19 points in the second half.

"Frantz went out, [Chris] Fouch was in foul trouble a little bit," Allen said. "I just found my spots and got my shots and made them. I work on them every day so they are going to go in eventually."

In a game that never leaned more than six points in either direction in the second half, Allen was the star. He opened up the second half with eight of Drexel's first 12 points to set the tone for the remainder of the game. He was 7-for-11 from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

"He was very efficient," Delaware coach Monté Ross said. "Normally we are pretty good not allowing guys to be efficient against us, but he was really efficient. He was a handful for us to handle."

It was just the second loss of the season at home for Delaware (20-9, 12-2 CAA), and the first since the second game of the season on Nov. 10. The Blue Hens got good performances from their stars on Senior Day, as Devon Saddler scored 20 points and Davon Usher dumped in 19. Saddler had 12 at the half, but was held in check in the second half.

"Sadler is a good player so it was really a team effort to guard him," Allen said. "It was a really good job by the bigs stepping out and keeping him out on the perimeter. You have to keep a hand in his face. He is going to make tough shots, he is a good player."

The Dragons, who have lost a number of heartbreakers this season, needed yesterday's close win against a good Delaware team.

"We have lost four league games by seven points. Three of them have been in the last 6 seconds," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. "We needed to come up with a big play one of these days.

"In those tight games, we have had opportunities to put a lot of pressure on the other teams to make a foul shot, make a layup, come up with a rebound, and we haven't done it. Hopefully this puts us there."

The Dragons will celebrate their Senior Night Wednesday when they host the College of Charleston at Daskalakis Athletic Center at 7 o'clock.

If Drexel wins, it will clinch the fourth seed in the CAA Tournament that takes place March 7-10 at the Baltimore Arena.

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