Drexel bounces back, trounces UCF 81-56

March 14, 2012 6:58:02 PM PDT
Frantz Massenat had 18 points and 14 assists, and Chris Fouch scored 19, as Drexel shook off the disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament by trouncing Central Florida, 81-56, in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

The Dragons (28-6), out of the Colonial Athletic Association, were viewed as one of the bigger snubs from the NCAA field, and coach Bruiser Flint made it a point this week to say the team would bounce back and "try to go out and win the NIT."

So far, so good.

Drexel, which set a school record for wins, scored the first nine points, and never looked back. The Dragons led, 37-24, at the half, and will now prepare to host Northern Iowa in the second round next week.

Keith Clanton led the Knights (22-11) with 12 points.