PHILADELPHIA – Elon University men's basketball fell to the Drexel Dragons 83-79 on Thursday night, Jan. 25, inside the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Tyler Seibring paced Elon (12-10, 4-5 CAA) with 19 points and four rebounds. Additionally, Steven Santa Ana and Sheldon Eberhardt scored 13 points apiece and Dmitri Thompson added 11 to Elon's scoring. Dainan Swoope dished out a game-high seven assists for the Phoenix.
"This was a tough loss tonight," said head coach Matt Matheny. "This is an ultra-competitive league, and we didn't get enough stops down the stretch to pull out the victory."
Tramaine Isabell had a huge night for Drexel (8-14, 2-7 CAA) scoring 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting from the floor and 7-of-11 from three. He also grabbed six rebounds and had three assists. Troy Harper added 14 points, Alihan Demir chipped in 11 points, and Austin Williams grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Drexel came out firing in the second half, scoring 52 points on 56.7 percent shooting, which included 28 from Isabell. The Dragons rallied from a three-point halftime deficit and as much as a seven-point deficit in the second half to rally for the win. The Phoenix finished shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from three.
Brian Dawkins made two three-pointers in the first five minutes, scoring six of Elon's first eight points, to give the Phoenix an 8-7 lead at the first media with 15:36 on the clock.
The Phoenix continued to hold a one-point lead until the 12:51 mark, 13-12, but then used a 12-3 run to take a 10-point advantage 25-15 with 9:39 on the clock. Drexel answered with a 10-1 spurt over a 3:19 span to slice Elon's lead to 26-25.
Back-to-back jumpers from Thompson gave the Phoenix a 30-25 cushion. Both teams traded baskets over the next 3:31 and Elon held a 34-31 lead at the break.
The Dragons opened the half with four straight points to take a 35-34 lead, but the Phoenix used an 11-3 run to take a 45-38 lead after Seibring drained a three with 15:40 remaining in the half. After the Phoenix took a 53-47 lead, Drexel responded with a 7-2 run to cut Elon's lead to 55-54 after Isabell's layup at the 10:15 mark.
An 8-2 Elon run capped off by Thompson's jumper put Elon on top 63-56, but the Dragons came right back using a 7-2 run to take a 65-63 lead and an 11-4 surge over a 2:48 span to tie the contest at 67-67.
Elon put together a 5-0 run to take a 72-67 lead, but Isabell scored 10 unanswered points, capped off by three free throws to give Drexel a 77-72 lead with 1:24 remaining.
Eberhardt found Seibring on a drive-and-kick with 1:11 on the clock in the right corner for a clutch three-pointer to cut Drexel's lead 77-74. The Apex, N.C. junior then drove to the bucket for two to answer another Dragon layup to make it a 79-76 contest.
Drexel made its free throws down the stretch and the Phoenix managed to just make one more layup in the 35 seconds as Drexel held on for the 83-79 win.
- Tyler Seibring extends his double-digit scoring streak to 10 games after scoring 19 points against the Dragons.
- Sheldon Eberhardt scored 13 points against Drexel, his fourth double-digit scoring game this season and the first since Dec. 7, 2017 at UNCG.
- Dainan Swoope tied a season-high with seven assists, matching his previous season-best of seven against UNCW on Jan. 11.
- The Phoenix drops to 3-8 on the road this season with the loss and has now lost three straight contests.
- Swoope chipped in nine points against the Dragons and is now 47 points away from becoming the 42nd player in program history to reach 1,000-career points.
The Phoenix ends the week with a trip to Towson on Saturday, Jan. 27, to face the Tigers inside SECU Arena. College Sports Live's CAA "Game of the Week" will tip off at 7 p.m.