MADISON, N.J. (Feb. 1, 2017) — The Drew University men's basketball team shined in a 82-64 Landmark Conference victory over Elizabethtown College that saw them drain the second-most 3-pointers the program has ever seen.
Drew sank 16 from long range, a feat done once in 1993 and again in 2014 when the Rangers made 22 against Penn St. Abington.
By the Numbers: The Rangers up their record to 11-9 and 5-4 in the conference but still sit in fifth place, a game behind Catholic. Drew is now 7-3 at Baldwin Gym. Elizabethtown falls to 1-8 in the conference.
• Sophomore guard Darius Reiter and freshman guard Riley Collins nailed 6-of-10 three-pointers. Reiter dropped 20 points and Collins, 18, including four 3-pointers in a row during Drew's second half outburst.
• Junior guard Yonathan Napoleon scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He dished seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.
Turning Point: The Rangers used the halftime break as leverage to spur their momentum. Drew got hot toward the end of the first half and started what would be a 22-7 run over Elizabethtown. The game-deciding run continued four minutes into the second half and put Drew up 56-41, prompting a Blue Jay timeout after a seventh consecutive good 3-pointer. Reiter, Collins, and Napoleon were the shooters.
• With Drew firing from deep range, seemingly at will, the Blue Jays were drawn toward the perimeter to desperately try and halt the outside shooting game. Junior guard Dan Roibal promptly slipped in three consecutive layups, rendering both the Blue Jay defense completely ineffective and the game essentially over.
• Drew shot 53-percent from long range and 48-percent overall.
• The Rangers outrebounded E-Town 41-32 and drained 26 points off the fastbreak while holding the Blue Jays to just two.
Up Next: Drew hosts The Catholic University of America in a pivotal contest with serious playoff implications. Drew sits right behind the 4th place Cardinals and would like to pick up this win after falling to them, 84-81 earlier this year in D.C. The tilt is slated for a 4:00 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 4th.