Rose's 20 lead Drexel over UMBC, 87-55 Early 10-0 run sends Dragons to 9th win in row

February 21, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

These days, Drexel isn't limiting its abuse to teams in the North Atlantic Conference.

The Dragons branched out to the Big South last night, dishing out the same punishment on UMBC as it does in its own league. That meant that junior guard Jeff Myers rained jumpers from the perimeter and slashed to the basket and 250-pound center Malik Rose ruled the lane in his usual man-against-boys style.

With scouts from two NBA teams watching, Rose scored 20 points in about 25 minutes, Myers added 16 in a limited appearance, and Drexel won its ninth in a row, 87-55, at UMBC Fieldhouse.

Rose softened up the Retrievers (4-20) early. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds at the half and the Dragons had a 47-23 lead.

UMBC was down 12-11 when Rose dunked on consecutive possessions to begin a 10-0 run.

A three-pointer by senior Tony Thompson later in the half cut Drexel's lead to 30-17, but then came a 12-0 run by the Dragons that began with a jumper by freshman guard Mike DeRocckis (15 points) from beyond the arc and included a couple fast-break layups by junior forward Chuck Guittar.

Rose had a two more jams in the second half, including one that temporarily bent the rim, and hit a three-pointer before leaving for good with 14:50 remaining. Myers signed off with a layup, and the twosome watched as the Dragons (21-3) pulled further away.

"We were trying at first to stop Malik Rose, but when you can't do that, you end up sacrificing and giving up something on their other players," said UMBC coach Tom Sullivan, whose team is assured of the seventh seed in next week's conference tournament in Lynchburg, Va.

"Drexel is an excellent team, there's no question about it. And with Rose, you're dealing with a potential pro."

Rose was even more spectacular in Drexel's last game, an 82-78 victory at Delaware, when he played most of the second half with four fouls and still scored 34 points. The Dragons had fallen behind by 22 but rallied for their 16th win in 17 games.

This time, they shot 55 percent from the field in the first half -- including 7-for-8 from three-point range -- played exceptional defense and breezed.

"They were just too powerful in almost every aspect of the game," Sullivan said. "We played hard and tough, but they were that much better."

"We're on a mission right now," Rose said. "We want to be the best team we can be come March, and you can't take anyone lightly."

Thompson (12 points) fouled out with 15:49 left, and minus its leading scorer, UMBC wouldn't even flirt with a comeback. The Retrievers shot 30 percent, compared to 53 percent by Drexel, and allowed the most points this season.

UMBC freshman Alhamisi Simms scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime.

DREXEL -- Myers 5-8 3-3 16, Guittar 3-8 0-0 6, Rose 7-10 5-9 20, DeRocckis 5-6 0-0 15, Overby 1-4 4-4 6, Gaffney 2-2 0-0 4, Neisler 1-3 2-2 5, Frey 1-4 2-2 5, Hudgins 2-3 0-0 4, Riley 3-6 0-0 6, Fischer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 16-20 87.

UMBC -- Lay 3-10 0-1 8, Thompson 3-8 5-6 12, Barber 0-10 0-2 0, Simms 5-17 3-4 16, Lucien 4-6 0-0 9, Hayes 0-1 0-0 0, van Veen 3-4 0-0 8, Merritt 0-2 0-0 0, Milosevic 0-0 2-2 2, Poiesz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-59 10-15 55.

Halftime--Drexel 47, UMBC 23. 3-point goals--Drexel 11-18 (Myers Guittar 0-1, Rose 1-1, DeRocckis 5-5, Overby 0-1, Neisler 1-2, Frey 1-2, Fischer 0-2), UMBC 9-28 (Lay 2-8, Thompson 1-3, Simms 3-13, Lucien 1-1, Hayes 0-1, van Veen 2-2). Fouled out--Thompson. Rebounds--Drexel 39 (Guittar 13), UMBC 32 (Lucien 7). Assists--Drexel 25 (Gaffney 8), UMBC 10 (Lay 4). Total fouls--Drexel 17, UMBC 32. A--626.

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