Tramaine Isabell scored 22 points to lead five Dragons in double figures, made 11 of 14 free throws and handed out five assists as Drexel pulled away early from Division III member Arcadia University to win 95-81 on Monday night.
Troy Harper added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Sammy Mojica added 13 points with five assists, Kurk Lee had 11 points, and Austin Williams, 10 for Drexel (2-0).
Arcadia's Josh Scott tied it at 2 with a layup, but Drexel quickly pulled ahead on a 10-3 run in which Jarvis Doles made a 3 and led 51-42 at halftime behind Harper's 15 points and on 55.2 percent shooting from the floor.
The Dragons shot 58.8 percent early in the second half and led 81-60 after Isabell hit a pair of free throws, and cruised.
Da'Kquan Davis scored 18 points for the Knights, who play in the Mid Atlantic Conference. Josh Scott and Brandon Thompson scored 14 apiece, with Thompson shooting 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and Phil Pierfy added 13 points.
It was the first meeting of the teams.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Joe Chealey scored 22 points and top-seeded Charleston defeated No. 8 seed Drexel 66-59 on Sunday to advance to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinals.
Charleston (24-7) will play the winner of Sunday's Towson-William & Mary game on Monday.
Grant Riller added 17 points in surpassing 1,000 in his career and Jarrell Brantley had 12 points and 11 rebounds, his 21st career double-double, for the Cougars, who shared the regular-season title with Northeastern but got the No. 1 seed by virtue of a season sweep of the Huskies.
Trailing by nine, Chealey hit a pair of 3-pointers to start a 20-5 run to take a 59-53 lead with 2:38 remaining. The Dragons (13-20) were within four with a minute to go but Riller hit a 3-pointer and Chealey two free throws to go up nine.
Kurk Lee scored 15 points, Tramaine Isabell had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Austin Williams 12 points for Drexel.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tramaine Isabell scored 12 of his 24 points in the last four minutes to help No. 8 seed Drexel beat ninth-seeded James Madison 70-62 in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday.
Drexel (13-19), which had lost six of their last seven conference tournament games before beating the Dukes, will move on to face top-seeded Charleston (23-7) in a Sunday quarterfinal.
James Madison had a 55-54 lead with 4:20 to play. The Dragons closed on a 16-7 run, including an 8-0 stretch from Isabell. Ramone Snowden's 3-pointer pulled the Dukes to 64-60 before Isabell hit four straight free throws to make it 68-60 with 31 seconds left.
Sammy Mojica added 11 points and Austin Williams had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Drexel.
Matt Lewis made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points on 3-of-15 shooting for James Madison (10-22).