The Drexel Dragons lead the UMass Minutemen, 41-31, at halftime from the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia.
Drexel started off hot as they were not hindered by the UMass full-court pressure defense. The Minutemen make their living on creating turnovers but saw the sure-handed Dragons start the game on a 11-2 run. As the half moved along, Drexel missed their three-pointers (0-6 in the half) and UMass began to get some turnovers and some fast breaks and cut into the lead. Drexel's size advantage has impacted the game on the offensive end and given the Dragons easy baskets all half, and, ultimately, a 10-point lead at the break.
Drexel was led Dartaye Ruffin's 17 points on 8-9 shooting. Samme Givens chipped in 10 points for the Dragons. Chaz Williams led UMass with 10 points in the first half.
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