Kostecka scores career-high 31, but Drexel knocks off Loyola (MD)

Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com

PHILADELPHIA – Andrew Kostecka scored a career-high 31 points, his third time setting a new personal-best in the last 17 days, but Drexel University shot 62 percent from the field and pulled away for a 95-86 non-conference win over visiting Loyola University Maryland on Wednesday night.


Kosetcka’s 31 points improved on the 30 he scored November 25 against Towson University. In Loyola’s last five games, Kostecka has scored 23 or more points four times and is averaging 26.2 per game.


The sophomore guard went for 16 in the first half, making all but one of his seven shot attempts, helping Loyola lead 48-43 at the break. The Greyhounds shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, but the Dragons (5-4 overall) kept pace at 57.7 percent.


An Isaiah Hart jumper with 1:22 into the second half put the Greyhounds (3-6) up five, 51-46, but a Trevor John three for Drexel, and a Troy Harper transition basket tied the score less than a minute later.


Camren Wynter tallied a basket for the Dragons to push them up a pair, but KaVaughn Scott evened the score with a tally for the Greyhounds before Harper gave Drexel the lead for good with a basket at 16:48.


Two Wynter free throws at 9:12 extended Drexel’s lead to 13, 76-63, but Loyola scored the next seven points, and Brent Holcombe’s fast-break dunk got the Greyhounds back within six at 7:52.


Drexel stretched the lead to 10 on a pair of occasions over the next four-plus minutes, but after a James Butler score put the advantage at 86-76, Kostecka scored twice in the paint, bookending a Holcombe basket, and his second score made it a four-point game with 1:49 remaining in regulation.


The next seven points, however, belonged to Drexel, as it pulled away for the victory.


In addition to Kostecka’s 31 points, Holcombe added 16, while Chuck Champion had 13 and Scott added 11.


Drexel’s five starters all scored 11 or more points, led by Alihan Denir’s 24 and John’s 21.


The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, a Saturday, December 8, contest at Binghamton University at 2:30 p.m.

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