ELON, N.C. — Trevor John hit two free throws with 10 seconds left in the game and Drexel held off a late rally by Elon to post a 67-63 victory on Saturday night.
The Dragons led wire-to-wire and now have swept the season series with the Phoenix.
Troy Harper hit a jumper with 8:22 to go put Drexel up by 11, 58-47, but Andy Pack sparked an Elon comeback with a layup and a 3-pointer. Chuck Hannah hit two layups and Pack knocked down another 3 to get the Phoenix within four, 63-59 with just under three minutes to play. Pack hit a third 3 in the final minute to make it 65-63, but he missed from distance with a second left.
John finished with 14 points to lead Drexel (11-13, 5-6 Colonial). Camren Wynter added 13 and Alihan Demir contributed 12.
Sheldon Eberhardt had 13 points off the bench to lead Elon (8-16, 4-7)
Because of his success at Villanova, Jay Wright is always a hot name when a high-profile coaching job becomes available. But Wright really does seem happy at Villanova.
It looks like Wright subscribes to the idea that money can’t buy happiness.
The Los Angeles Times published a story today about UCLA’s long and winding search for a new head coach. Before they eventually landed on Mick Cronin, they went after some big names in the coaching world, including John Calipari and Wright.
While Calipari showed some real interest in the gig, it doesn’t seem like Wright gave it a second thought, not even after UCLA offered to double his salary, according to the LA Times.
Read by the LA Times, here’s part of what UCLA’s senior associate AD Josh Rebholz said in a text message to donors after the school failed to hire Calipari:
We would have loved for Jay Wright to walk out on the floor, but even when we offered to double his salary, he still wasn’t coming. Nothing we can do about that. But I am proud of our effort. We didn’t assume anything, took our shots and I believe will end up with a solid coach who will embrace UCLA and build a program we all can be proud of and root for.
If that’s true, that UCLA offered to double his salary, Wright turned down a ton of money. According to USA Today, Wright makes $3,878,768 per season, so doubling that would give him an annual salary of over $7.75 million. That would be the second-highest salary in college basketball behind Calipari and ahead of Mike Krzyzewski.
It seems like Wright really does love it here.
Sports fans, it’s the best time of the year.
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Good luck this year and be sure to be gracious in both victory and defeat in your office pool.