March 14, 1989 |
Obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges were reinstated yesterday by a federal appeals court against Kevin Rankin, a Philadelphia lawyer who accused U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum of assaulting him and chasing him through a courtroom during Rankin's 1984 drug-conspiracy trial. The ruling by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest development in the case of Rankin, 42, from Northeast Philadelphia, who was sentenced by Hannum in 1984 to a 54-year prison term for his role in a $75 million-a-year drug ring.
February 26, 1989 |
Liberty's Tim Scarborough hit a three-point shot with 2 minutes, 6 seconds to play, then made a layup 15 seconds later to boost the Flames to an 82-79 nonleague win over Drexel last night. The game was tied at 73-73 when Scarborough scored his five straight points. Drexel managed to score six of the final 10 points, but could not catch Liberty. Bailey Alston led Liberty (9-16) with 22 points, and Charles Richardson added 21. Drexel (11-15) was led by John Rankin's game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.
February 21, 1989 |
John Rankin scored the 2,000th point of his career last night, but Drexel succumbed to Marist's hot shooting and dropped an 80-70 decision to the Red Foxes. Rankin, a 6-foot-7 senior from West Catholic, hit a 10-foot jumper with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first half to join Michael Anderson as the only players in the Dragons' history to score 2,000 points. He also is only the 10th player in Philadelphia college basketball history to hit that mark. Rankin finished with 20 points, extending his career total to 2,010.
February 18, 1989 |
John Rankin scored 30 points last week against Bucknell, a Drexel victory that became more notable for the halftime ceremony in which the number of former Dragons star Michael Anderson was retired. Rankin came back with 26 against Hofstra on Wednesday, which left him just 22 points short of 2,000 for a career. But the big story that night in local college basketball was La Salle's forthcoming game at Notre Dame. "When I came here, I braced myself for a lack of recognition," said Rankin.
February 5, 1989 |
They tried banging, chasing and double-teaming him, but all of that attention from the Delaware Blue Hens only seemed to make John Rankin more dangerous. Rankin scorched the Blue Hens for 37 points, shooting 14 of 23 from the field, in leading host Drexel to an 88-79 win yesterday afternoon in an East Coast Conference game. The victory improved the Dragons to 10-9 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Delaware, which entered the game with a four-game winning streak, is 11-9 overall and 3-5 in the ECC. The 6-foot-7 Rankin also did a stellar defensive job on the Hens' Elsworth Bowers, holding the 6-6 senior to eight points, well below his 14.9 average.
December 29, 1988 |
Todd Lehmann scored 15 points, including four critical free throws in the final minute, to lead Drexel to a 78-71 win over Howard in the Mount St. Mary's tournament. Drexel (3-6) outscored Howard, 12-4, in the final 4 minutes, 18 seconds of the first half to take a 42-23 halftime lead. Howard (3-6) fought back to cut the lead to 44-41 with 14:41 left in the game, but Drexel then put together a 10-2 run to build a 54-43 lead with 11:50 to go. John Rankin also scored 15 points for Drexel and Rob Johnstone added 14.
December 17, 1988 |
John Rankin, a senior forward at Drexel, scored 36 points last night, a tournament record. But Ohio University received 29 from Paul Graham and defeated the Dragons, 90-78, in the first round of the Walsworth Classic at the University of Missouri. Drexel will play Eastern Washington, an 81-68 loser to Missouri (No. 10 AP and UPI) in the consolation game. Rankin, who also moved into eighth place on Drexel's all-time rebounding list, broke the 11-year tournament's previous record of 30 points - held by three players - by shooting 14 of 18 from the field.
November 22, 1988 |
When Michael Anderson left Drexel last spring, he could have loaded all his scoring records in a truck. "It was Michael's show," said Dragons coach Eddie Burke. Now that the Anderson anthology is tucked away in the stacks, a new chapter is about to be penned by 6-foot-7 senior power-forward John Rankin and a cast of talented freshmen. "I feel sorry for John because he's had to live in Anderson's shadow his whole career," said Burke. "People don't realize he's the third leading scorer in the school.
April 14, 1988 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man who accused U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum of assaulting him and chasing him through a courtroom during his 1984 drug- conspiracy trial was indicted by a federal grand jury on a perjury charge yesterday for having made those accusations under oath. The indictment was the latest development in the complicated case of Kevin Rankin, 42, a lawyer and former teacher who was sentenced by Hannum in 1984 to the maximum prison term - 54 years - for having participated in a $75 million- a-year drug conspiracy.
January 7, 1988 |
A sprained left ankle kept John Rankin out of Drexel's previous game, but it obviously didn't hurt him against Rider. Rankin scored a school-record 44 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Drexel to a 104-92 win last night in its East Coast Conference opener over the visiting Broncs. The 6-7 junior, who sat out Sunday's win over Colgate, broke Greg Norman's record of 40, set in 1974 against Franklin & Marshall. It was the first home game since November for the Dragons (7-3)