Drexel defeats Hofstra 70-52

January 14, 2009 8:59:51 PM PST
Scott Rodgers scored a career-high 26 points Wednesday night, leading Drexel to a 70-52 win over Hofstra. The Dragons (7-8, 3-3 Colonial Athletic Association) never trailed and held at least a 10-point lead throughout the second half. Drexel defeated the Pride for the second time in 11 days. Rodgers' previous career high was 25 points in the team's win over Hofstra on Jan. 3.

The 18-point margin of victory was the Dragons' largest this season.

Leon Spencer shot 8-for-8 from the line and added 12 points for Drexel.

Hofstra (2-4, 10-7) was outscored 21-9 at the free throw line and converted three of its 16 shots from 3-point range. The Dragons capitalized on 15 Hofstra turnovers, turning them into 22 points. The Pride cut a 20-point deficit to 10 early in the second half.

Miklos Szabo scored six straight points to cut Drexel's lead to 36-26 with 19:05 remaining, but the Pride never got closer. Szabo and Cornelius Vines each scored 12 points for the Pride. Charles Jenkins added 10 points.

Rodgers' free throws after Hofstra's Dave Johnson drew a technical foul with 4:04 left in the first half gave the Dragons their largest lead of the game at 34-14.

The Dragons took control of the game with a 19-5 first-half run that was punctuated by a 3-pointer by Rodgers with 9:12 remaining. That basket gave Drexel a 26-9 lead.