A huge first-half run and Terry Tarpey’s 21 points sparked William and Mary to a 72-63 win Thursday night over Drexel in Philadelphia.
Trailing by seven, W&M (10-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) took the lead for good during a 27-2 run that included Omar Prewitt’s go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Tribe made it 36-18 with 3:38 to go before the break.
Drexel (2-12, 0-3) twice closed the gap to single digits late in the second half, cutting the deficit to 70-61 with Tavon Allen’s 3-pointer and then with Mohamed Bah’s final bucket of the game.
Daniel Dixon added 19 points for the Tribe, which hit 53 percent of its 49 shots from the field and controlled the boards 29-22. Tarpey was 8 of 13 from the floor and 4 of 4 on free throws.
W&M hosts CAA-leading Northeastern on Saturday.