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Weary Tribe Falls to Drexel
Updated: Tuesday 01/23/2012 (ET)
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Williamsburg, Va. - Playing its third game in five nights, the William and Mary men's basketball team fell to the visiting Drexel Dragons, 64-48, on Monday night at Kaplan Arena.  A competitive first half of play saw Drexel eventually pull away from the weary Tribe in the second half behind a strong defensive performance.  W&M drops to 4-17 overall and 2-7 in CAA play, while Drexel improves to 15-5 on the year and 7-2 in league action with its seventh straight victory.

Freshman guard Marcus Thornton led Tribe with a game-high 18 points. Also contributing to the College's effort was sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven who registered 12 points to go along with a team-best three assists and three rebounds. Junior guard Matt Rum led the Tribe's effort on the glass with six rebounds.

Sparking the Tribe in the opening half were Thornton and Rusthoven, who combined to score 17 of the College's 21 first-half points.  At the 15:10 mark two Thornton free throws gave the Green and Gold an early 9-5 lead.  After Drexel took a 10-9 lead following five straight points, Rusthoven slipped to basket, received a pass from sophomore guard Brandon Britt and threw down the one-handed dunk to up the College back on top.

The College maintained its advantage, 15-14, following a Rum jumper, but Drexel reeled off a 13-2 run to gain control, pushing its advantage to 27-17 with 1:45 remaining in the first half.  A Rusthoven made jumper from the elbow cut the Dragon lead to single digits, 27-19. Rum drained consecutive free throws bringing the Tribe to within six at 27-21 with four second left, but Drexel's Frantz Massenat connected on a 3-pointer at the halftime horn to send the Dragons to the locker room with a 30-21 lead.

Coming out of the half, senior guard Kendrix Brown connected from downtown to bring the Tribe within six at 30-24 less than a minute into the second frame. The Dragon lead was seven, 34-27, following a Thornton 3-pointer at the 16:05 mark, but Drexel answered with a 12-2 run to push its advantage to 17. Massenat (5) and Damion Lee (7) combined for all 12 Dragon points on the spurt as the Dragons took a 46-29 lead 12:39 remaining. The Green and Gold could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

For the game, the Tribe shot 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from the floor, but were only able to connect on 4-of-22 from 3-point range. Rounding out the Tribe's performance was senior forward Quinn McDowell who scored seven points to go with four rebounds and two assists. Drexel finished the game shooting 50 percent (24-of-48) from the floor, while hitting on 6-of-14 from downtown. As a team, the Dragons blocked 11 shots. Dartaye Ruffin paced Drexel with 18 points and five boards, while Lee chipped in with 17 points to go with six rebounds. Massenat added 11 points and six assists.

W&M will hit the road on Thursday, Jan. 26, to take on the James Madison Dukes.  The Green and Gold will be vying for the season sweep of JMU as the College defeated JMU, 68-61, on Jan. 4 in Williamsburg.  Tip-off from Harrisonburg is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.  Tribe fans can also catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard on the Internet at

A reminder to fans that "The Chesapeake Bank Tony Shaver Show" is scheduled for second of four straight Tuesdays on Jan. 24 at Buffalo Wild Wings in New Town. The show will broadcast live on the Tribe's flagship stations - 92.3 FM The Tide and 107.9 Bach FM, but fans can join the show live at 6:30 p.m. with the live radio interview airing from 7-7:30 p.m.

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