The Drew University men’s basketball team returned to Landmark Conference play in a match against Goucher College on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Rangers secured an early lead, which they pushed to double figures at the end of the opening half. With a 40-25 lead at halftime in favor of the Rangers, the Gophers fought back making it a nine-point game with a score of 55-46, with just over 10 minutes on the clock. The Gophers did not appear to be slowing down despite the early deficit and tied the game with a 57-57 with over five minutes to go. However, the Rangers turned on the heat and responded with a series of shots that would ultimately secure them a 73-66 victory against the Gophers.
Riley Collins (’20) scored a game-high 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Collins’ 23 points are currently highest in the Landmark Conference this season, tied with Moravian College. This was Collins’ sixth match with over 20 points and his second over the past three games. Sky Harris (’19) tallied 18 points and nine rebounds, while Nate Aldrich (’19), accounted for 13 points and six rebounds.
The Rangers continued Landmark Conference play in a match against Susquehanna University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. After a close opening half with Susquehanna leading by a narrow 26-24 margin, the Rangers fought back to secure a 47-42 lead with just over 10 minutes on the clock. There was no stopping Drew after this, however, when four different Rangers helped score 10 points with three minutes remaining on the clock, to secure a 17-point lead. Susquehanna trimmed the deficit down to seven points, but the Rangers scored a pair of free throws twelve seconds apart, and a final shot with eight seconds to go. The Rangers emerged triumphant with a score of 78-70, securing a Landmark Conference playoff berth for the second year in a row.
Aldrich led the Rangers with his ninth double-double of the season, and his fifth in six games, while also tallying 10 rebounds. Harris added 18 points, while Collins tallied 17 points. Darius Reiter (’19) accounted for 14 points and seven rebounds, while Dan Roibal (’19) tallied six rebounds.
The Rangers are all set for a four-game homestead, with their first being against Landmark Conference opponent Elizabethtown College on Saturday, Feb. 9.