Drexel dumps Central Florida for NIT first round win; Delaware dropped by Butler in CBI

Drexel took Central Florida behind the woodshed in a 25-point shellacking:

Frantz Massenat scored 18 points and handed out a career-high 14 assists as Drexel defeated Central Florida, 81-56, in the first round of the NIT at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Chris Fouch scored a game-high 19 points and Goran Pantovic came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points as the Dragons won their school record 28th game of the season.

Drexel (28-6) started out fast and scored the first nine points of the game. The Dragons would never trail in the contest. The Knights (22-11) responded with the next seven points, all by Keith Clanton, to cut it to 9-7. They wouldn’t get closer than two points the rest of the way as opened up a double digit lead with eight minutes to play in the half and went to intermission up 37-24. In the first half, Drexel held UCF to just 30 percent shooting. On the other end of the court, Drexel made seven of its 12 three-point attempts and shot 54 percent from the field. Massenat, who recorded his second double-double of the season, handed out nine of his 14 assists in the first half. He also finished the game 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

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Delaware’s season ends in a loss to Butler in the CBI:

The Butler University men’s basketball team used an early second half run to pull away for a 75-58 victory over the University of Delaware in the first round of the 2012 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament final during each of the last two years, improve to 21-14 and will travel to Penn on Monday during the CBI presented by Zebra Pen quarterfinals. The Blue Hens, participating in their sixth postseason game in school history and their first since 2000, end their season at 18-14. Delaware concludes its year with a winning record for the first time since 2003-04, while its 18 wins is the program’s most since 2000-01.

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