Men’s basketball continued their season as students left campus to go home for winter break. In the time since we last checked in with the Rangers, they notched a 9-2 record to add to their overall record of 13-3. The first loss came on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Stevens Holiday Tournament against No. 13 nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in an 11 point deficit. Drew did not lose again until students were back for the spring semester on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when they fell in an overtime thriller at Baldwin Gymnasium to Landmark Conference foe Susquehanna University 78-81.
Following the overtime heartbreaker, the men’s basketball team looked to redeem themselves on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they traveled to Goucher College to compete in another conference matchup. The game with the Gophers was a close one until the end as the Rangers only took a seven point lead into the locker room at the half with the score sitting at 36-29. Well into the second half, the Rangers had a five point cushion until Goucher tied the contest at 59 with 1:27 remaining on the clock. Lybrant Robinson (’21) would nail the go-ahead three-pointer to put the Rangers up at the 23-second mark and tally 11 points on the night. Malachi Walker (’21) also posted a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. While Riley Collins (’20) became just the second player in program history to dish out 400 career assists. His totals of the night were a game-high 15 points, five assists and four steals.
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The Rangers followed up the game with another Landmark conference victory on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Moravian 98-83, earning them win four in the conference. Now nine games out until the playoffs, the men’s basketball team tied the programs best record through a 16 game stretch! In the matchup against the Greyhounds, six players scored in double digits. Robinson led the way with 18 points, followed by Howie McBurnie (’23) and Mike Boice (’20) each with a career-high 17 points. Walker had a very impressive game with his second straight double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Collins had a solid 14 points and explained, “The game started very fast and it took them a while to adjust but once they did, they were solid and kept the lead throughout. Despite a couple of mistakes, they were happy with their overall effort and how they moved the ball.” Mike Kane (’23) had 10 points off the bench and the team shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the field.
Drew men’s basketball will face off against Elizabethtown College on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Baldwin Gymnasium with a 2 p.m. tip-off in another Landmark Conference game.