Drexel makes history with 34-point rally to beat Delaware

Drexel head coach Zach Spiker signals to his team during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record Via AP)
Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record Via AP
Drexel coach Zach Spiker.

PHILADELPHIA — Tramaine Isabell made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to give Drexel a 34-point comeback win over Delaware Thursday night for the largest come-from-behind win in the history of Division 1 basketball.

Isabell had 29 points with 12 rebounds and 9 assists in the 85-83 victory. Drexel broke a record that stood since Dec. 30, 1950, when Duke beat Tulane, 74-72, after trailing by 32.

Jacob Cushing’s 3-pointer with 2:36 before halftime gave Delaware a 53-19 lead. From there, Drexel (12-18, 6-11 Colonial Athletic) proceeded to outscore Delaware, 66-30, on 58 percent shooting.


Isabell tied it with a 3-point play with 3:50 left. The teams traded jump shots before Darian Bryant fouled Isabell on his 3-point attempt with time winding down. Isabell made 2 of 3 foul shots and Eric Carter’s desperation 3-pointer was off as time expired.

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Sammy Mojica scored 16 points, Troy Harper 14, and Kurk Lee 13 for the Dragons.

Ray Allen led Delaware (12-18, 5-12) with 21 points.