Tramaine Isabell scored 21 points and made the game-winning free throw with a second left to lead Drexel past Northeastern 68-67 on Saturday.
Northeastern led 67-61 after Tomas Murphy hit a jumper with 2:20 left, but the Huskies never scored again and missed their last three shots from the field and three free throws. Vasa Pusica missed a 3-point heave at the buzzer.
Isabell made half his eight attempts from the foul line in the final 1:53. With two seconds left he made the first of two free throws to tie it. He missed the second but grabbed the offensive rebound, Bolden Brace fouled Isabell and he went back to the line and made 1 of 2 to win it. Austin Williams made a layup and Troy Harper added a free throw during Drexel's late 7-0 run.
Williams and Sammy Mojica each scored 13 and Williams had 11 rebounds for Drexel (9-14, 3-7 Colonial Athletic Association).
Pusica scored 20 points and distributed seven assists and Murphy scored 16 points. Northeastern (14-8, 7-3) saw its four-game winning streak end.
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).