Men's Basketball Clinches Playoff Berth

February 14, 2020

The Drew men’s basketball team made history on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they broke multiple school records in their game against Landmark Conference opponent Goucher. Guard Riley Collins (’20) broke the school record for career assists while the Rangers secured the 89-63 victory over the Gophers. Drew has now posted its best record through 21 games in team history. The Rangers also knocked down a season-high 17 3-pointers––the fourth-best total in program history. The Rangers remain tied with Scranton for first place in the Landmark Conference.

 

The Rangers were in control from start to finish after racing to a 52-29 halftime advantage.

Collins picked up his record-breaking assist early in the game, giving him 432 for his career. The former record was set by Kevin Diverio from 1986-90. It was the second career record in four games for Collins, who also set Drew's career 3-pointers record versus Scranton back on Jan. 29.

 

Forward Howard McBurnie, Jr. (’23) led a balanced Ranger scoring effort, tying a season-high with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Collins added 16 points while shooting 5-for-6, including 4-for-5 from 3-point territory. He also dished out seven assists. Forward Lybrant Robinson (’21) also netted 16 points while shooting 6-for-9 and 3-for-5 from distance. Guard Michael Boice (’20) contributed 11 points while guard David Gervase (’22) chipped in with nine points. Robinson scored Drew's first eight points, and his fastbreak dunk made it 8-4.

 

Goucher led briefly in the early going, however, and it was 18-16 seven minutes into the game. But that's when the Rangers broke the game open, outscoring the Gophers 28-7 over the next nine minutes. The run was partly fueled by five 3-pointers, including three in a row at one point, and Robinson capped it with a triple that made it 44-25 with 3:46 on the clock.  Drew led by as much as 25 before assuming its 23-point halftime advantage. Robinson led the Rangers with 16 points at the break. The hosts put the game out of reach at the start of the second half, outscoring Goucher 12-2 over the opening five and a half minutes. The Rangers led by at least 24 the rest of the way and saw their advantage swell to 38 midway through the half.

 

 

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Seventeen Rangers entered the game and 11 players scored a point. Drew men’s basketball had their next game against Landmark Conference opponents Susquehanna on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Forward Malachi Walker, Jr. (’21) broke the Landmark Conference single-season record for blocked shots, but Susquehanna used a big first half to hand the Rangers a 79-54 setback. With the loss, Drew is now in a three-way tie with Scranton and Susquehanna for first place in the conference standings.

 

Walker achieved his record with his fifth and final block of the night, which gave him 81 swats for the season––one more than Scranton's Paul Hawk posted during the 2008-09 campaign.

Despite the loss, the Rangers clinched their third consecutive berth to the Landmark Conference tournament. Robinson finished with 14 points to lead the Rangers while Collins added 11 points and four steals. McBurnie, Jr. contributed six rebounds and a season-high four blocks.

 

The River Hawks never trailed after opening the game on an 8-2 run. They used a 14-0 surge midway through the half to open up an 18-point lead and led 44-22 at halftime. The Rangers came out hot to start the second half, opening on a 10-0 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Collins and Walker that made it 44-32. But Susquehanna took back the momentum with back-to-back treys of their own to push the lead back to 18, and used a 9-2 run later in the half to pull away.

 

Drew plays the second of three straight road games on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they travel to Elizabethtown for a Landmark Conference tilt starting at 2 p.m.

 

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