Reserve Derrick Joynes completed both ends of three one-and-one foul situations in the final 85 seconds, as Drexel escaped a belated Catholic comeback and downed the Cardinals, 92-88, last night at CU.
While it was Joynes who provided the crucial points down the stretch, it was 6-foot-9 center Len Hatzenbeller's career-high 36-point performance which kept Drexel competitive in the first half.
Joynes, who finished with six points, seemed to give Drexel a safe lead at 87-78 by making two free throws with 1:25 left. Then Catholic staged its comeback.
Bob Gurney connected on a 20 foot jumper and after Drexel's Mike Moran missed the first of a bonus foul chance with 57 seconds left, the Cardinals recorded a four-point play to narrow their deficit to 87-84 with 38 seconds left.
Bill Dankos tipped in a missed Cardinal shot and Donnnie Farrell, who was fouled away from the ball, made both ends of the one-and-one.
Joynes was fouled on the inbounds pass and made both free throws for an 89-84 margin. Farrell raced downcourt and fed Bill Dooley for a layup and a three-point Catholic deficit with 28 seconds left.
Seven seconds later, Hatzenbeller was fouled. He made the first shot for a 90-86 lead, but at the other end Dooley tapped in a Gurney miss with 11 seconds left to pull Catholic to within two.
But five seconds later, Joynes was fouled.His two shots finalized the score at 92-88.
The first half belonged to Hatzenbeller. He equaled his 10-point average in the first 4:36 and had bettered his previouss career-high 20 points with 21 by halftime.
Drexel, which trailed 38-37 at the break, pulled away to a lofty 57-41 lead with 14:25 left when Hatzenbeller started getting help from his teammates.
Joe Boback, who was scoreless in the first half, netted eight of his 14 points in the 20-3 tear while Dave Broadus (20 points) and Hatzenbeller added two baskets apiece for the 11-11 Dragons.
Catholic (8-13), with the help of 10 second-half Dragon turnovers, pulled slowly back into the contest behind the shooting of Dooley, Bill Dankos and Bob Durney. Dooley registered 14 of his 22 points and Dankos 10 of his 12 after intermission.
"I had a good game, but we should have never let them get back in the game," said Hatzenbeller who made 14 of 18 shots and had nine rebounds. "I've been in a real slump, taken out of the lineup and I had to do something to get my head back together. I felt I was letting my teammates down, being the tallest player on the team and sitting on the bench.
"Then I got got back in and had a good game against Temple (his last second tip-in won, 60-59, a week ago) and Villanova (a 64-76 loss Tuesday.) I felt I owed my teammates something. I just got the ball inside tonight, took my time and concentrated on my shots."