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)
December 5, 1987 |
Michael Anderson scored 27 points and forward John Rankin had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Drexel defeated American, 89-78, in the first round of the Manufacturers Hanover Classic last night at Iona's Mulcahy Campus Center. In tonight's championship game, Drexel will play host Iona, which won last night's second game, 89-85, over Long Island University. Drexel (2-0) moved out to a 35-18 lead with 6 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the first half. The Dragons were led by guard Todd Lehmann, who scored 16 of his 20 points, including 12 points on four three-pointers, in the first half.
December 1, 1987 |
The 1987 Drexel University basketball guide features a montage of the Dragons' 5-11 senior All-America candidate, Michael Anderson. A picture of Anderson and 6-7 junior John Rankin, Drexel's 1987-88 bread and butter, might have been more appropriate. Because the Drexel Dragons this season are going as far as their 1-2 punch can take them. If their performances in last night's 99-82 season-opening victory over the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University become a nightly happening, far could be precisely where the Dragons are going.
March 2, 1986 |
The line was impressive. John Rankin was 10 for 13 from the field and 5 for 7 from the free-throw line and collected seven rebounds and two blocked shots. And that was in the first half. Drexel's 6-foot-7 freshman center finished with 36 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Dragons scored a 99-81 victory over Delaware in the first round of the East Coast Conference tournament here. The win was the Dragons' sixth straight and put them in today's semifinals at 2 p.m. against No. 4 seed Lafayette, which defeated Lehigh, 58-57.