Troy Harper scored 17 points and Sammy Mojica added 16 as Drexel outlasted James Madison 76-74 on Thursday night.
The Dragons (10-14, 4-7 Colonial Athletic Association) also received double-digit contributions from Kurk Lee (14 points) and Austin Williams (11 points) in the win over the Dukes (6-18, 2-9). Williams and Lee played hero for Drexel in the final seconds, with Lee making two free throws with 6.2 seconds left and Williams rejecting a Stuckey Mosley layup at the buzzer to seal the Dragons' win.
Drexel took command early, taking advantage of the Dukes missing 10 of their first 11 shots to jump out to a 9-2 lead. The Dragons held a 30-22 advantage at halftime. In the period, JMU missed all 10 of its 3-pointers.
Both teams saw more success shooting the ball in the second half, with each hitting over 57 percent of its shots after the break. JMU used 10 Drexel turnovers to get back in it. Matt Lewis' layup tied it at 74 with just 27 seconds left, before Lee and Williams sealed the victory.
Matt Lewis finished with 26 points, while Mosley scored 22 for the Dukes.
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).