PHILADELPHIA -- Franz Massenat scored 14 points and Derrick Thomas scored 13 to help Drexel defeat James Madison 60-48 Sunday night.
The Dragons (10-14, 6-6 CAA) had lost two in a row, and were winners for just the third time in 10 home games this season.
Charles Cooke led all scorers with a career-high 16 points for the Dukes (14-12, 8-5), who had won five of their previous six games.
Rayshawn Goins scored 11 points and Devon Moore added 10 for James Madison, which led 9-4 but then failed to score for nearly 10 minutes. Drexel scored 12 points in that period of 9:50, and after a 3-pointer by Andre Nation with 3:40 left, the Dukes didn't score again in the half.
Drexel led 23-12 at the break and led by as many as 17 in the second half.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.