Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Senior center Jerrah Young posted his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in UT's 57-44 win over Drexel.
TOLEDO, OH - Playing its first game in Savage Hall in nearly a month, Toledo (2-7) posted a much-needed 57-44 victory tonight over Drexel (5-4) to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Rockets are now 45-5 (.900) at home in non-conference games under Stan Joplin and a MAC-best 48-6 (.889) in Savage Hall since the start of the 2003-04 campaign.
Four Rockets scored in double figures led by junior guard Tyrone Kent’s game-high 14 points. Senior forward Jerrah Young was also a key factor in UT’s victory as he registered his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Young helped the Rockets hold a 33-27 advantage on the boards and limit the Dragons to a 37.5 field-goal percentage.
Junior guard Jonathan Amos nearly notched a double-double as well with 11 points, nine rebounds and six steals, while junior guard Ridley Johnson tallied 10 points, four boards and two steals.
Senior center Frank Elegar led Drexel with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Kent helped spark a 19-2 first-half run to lead Toledo to a 36-19 halftime advantage. He connected for a trey with 13:33 left in the first half to give UT a 10-6 advantage for a lead UT would not relinquish. The Rockets expanded their lead to 26-8 on a three-pointer from junior guard Anthony Byrd with 7:29 left in the half. The closest the Dragons could come in the second half was 11 points when Elegar’s jumper with 1:39 left reduced Toledo’s lead to 57-44.
Toledo will take the upcoming week off for final exams and will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Massachusetts (6-2). The Minutemen will be the third Atlantic 10 school the Rockets will face this season.