Philadelphia, Penn.-Drexel held Georgia State to just 33.3 shooting from the floor and under 20 percent from three-point range to earn a 68-46 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia. Redshirt-senior Jihad Ali led all scorers with 17 points.
Georgia State fell to 14-7, 6-4 in the CAA, while Drexel improved to 16-5, 8-2 in conference action.
Drexel, the top defensive team in the Colonial Athletic Association, held the Panthers to a season-low point total, while outrebounding Georgia State 40-31.
Chris Fouch came off the Dragons bench to score 15 points, while Samme Givens added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
"Drexel beat us in every phase of the game tonight," commented head coach Ron Hunter after the loss. "I thought their mental and physical toughness was much better than ours. They were just a better ball club than us tonight, no question about it."
Ali came off the bench to hit 7-of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three-point range.
The Panthers led early, using a 9-2 run capped by an Ali three-pointer to take a 12-6 lead with 12:30 to go in the first half. Playing in his 113th career game, Ali moved into the top five on Georgia State's all-time games played list.
Drexel immediately responded as Fouch capped an 11-1 Dragon run, giving the home team a 25-20 lead with 4:51 to go in the half.
Drexel connected on four first-half three-pointers, making its first nine free throws to build a 37-28 lead at halftime.
After the intermission, Drexel held the Panthers without a basket for more than eight minutes, using a 14-1 spurt to open the half and take a 51-29 lead, building it to as many as 26 in the second half.
"To beat Drexel, you have to play well," continued Hunter. "At our place, we took them out of their game and played the style of basketball that we like to play. Tonight, they played their physical-style and it took our guys out of our rhythm."
Senior Josh Micheaux added seven points and eight rebounds for Georgia State, while Eric Buckner added a team-high five blocked shots and six boards.
Frantz Massenat added 13 points and six assists for Drexel, while Dartaye Ruffin scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds in the win.
Georgia State will return home and conclude its stretch of five games in 11 days facing VCU on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Sports Arena. The game will be televised live on CSS.
Saturday will also mark the third annual Great Baby Race at halftime and the Penny Pick-up after the game.
Fans can visit GeorgiaStateSports.com or call 1-866-GA-STATE to purchase tickets for the game or for tickets for the Panthers remaining five home games.