Samme Givens had 18 points and nine rebounds as Drexel dealt VCU’s NCAA at-large chances perhaps a fatal blow, winning 64-60 in Philadelphia and climbing into fifth place in the CAA.
The Dragons grabbed several key offensive rebounds late in the game, though several missed free throws gave VCU hope.
Derrick Thomas added 13 points, Gerald Colds 11 and Frantz Massenat 10 for the Dragons (19-9, 10-7).
In a game that had 10 lead changes, the Rams (20-8, 12-5) tied it for the 12th time, 49-49, with 6:12 to play. Drexel responded with seven straight points to go up 56-49 on Massenat's layup with 4:19 to go.
VCU brought it to 61-60 on Joey Rodriguez's 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. But Drexel went 3 of 4 from the free-throw line the rest of the way.
Drexel outrebounded the Rams 35-30 and scored 36 points in the paint.
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Charles Jenkins scored 22 and Mike Moore 20 as Hofstra moved into second place in the CAA, rallying to a 71-64 win at UNC Wilmington.
Jenkins moved into sole possession of second place in the CAA record book for career points, behind David Robinson of Navy (2,669).
Chad Tomko had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Seahawks (13-16, 7-10).
Chowan sophomore Talaya Lynch, a Hampton High graduate, was one of 12 players named to the All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association team.
Brandon Hairston went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a career-high five RBI to lead host Norfolk State (2-2) to a 9-4 win over Georgetown.
Hairston’s slam — his second homer of the season — highlighted a five-run second. …
John Barr’s two-out RBI double in the eighth inning lifted No. 10 Virginia past VMI 4-3 before 2,175 fans, a U.Va. record for a home opener.
Keydets starter Coby Cowgill, who pitched for the Peninsula Pilots last summer, held the Cavaliers to three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
A two-run homer in the first inning by Courtney Liddle and Jasmin Harrell’s near no-hitter spoiled Radford’s home opener as Virginia Tech won 2-0.
Ten players scored at least one goal for No. 12 Virginia in the Cavaliers’ 23-13 victory at Richmond.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun