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Drexel upsets Louisville

Dec 15, 2010 - 5:32 AM Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Gerald Colds scored a game-high 20 points and Chris Fouch added 10, as Drexel used a late rally in the second half and handed 20th-ranked Louisville its first loss of the season with a 52-46 triumph.

Samme Givens added eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Drexel (7-1), which has won five straight since falling to Rhode Island on November 24. The Dragons also got 10 crucial rebounds from forward Daryl McCoy.

"We did a good job at defending and rebounding, which is pretty much what we do," said Drexel head coach James Flint. "I think we got the pace of the game the way we wanted it. We didn't let them run up and down."

Preston Knowles scored 13 points and Peyton Silva added 13 and four steals for Louisville (8-1), which has yet to play a game on the road this season.

Drexel had a 47-44 lead in the final three minutes, and when Mike Marra had a chance to even the game with a three-point attempt at 1:30, the shot bounced off the front of the rim. The Dragons recovered and called a timeout.

Drexel had a chance to widen the gap when, after Colds missed a deep three, Givens was fouled on the rebound but he missed both shots. Colds added two free throws with 36 seconds left after he was fouled on Silva's missed layup that was blocked by McCoy.

Louisville's Chris Smith hit a short jumper near the end to put the game at 49-46, and after a Cardinals timeout, Fouch iced two more from the line to extend the lead to five.

Colds made 1-of-2 from the line in the waning seconds to account for the final margin.

"It was a very disappointing loss," said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We didn't shoot foul shots well, and we lost the game because we didn't rebound. It's a very simple stat. We got outrebounded 46-26 and that pretty much tells us why we lost."

With the game tied at 22 in the closing minutes of the first half, Knowles made the first of two from the line to give Louisville the lead, but after missing the second, Drexel's Derrick Thomas was fouled at the other end with a chance to tie the game for the Dragons.

Thomas missed the free throw and after the Cardinals missed a long three-point attempt, Fouch attempted a long jumper for the lead, but his shot was off target. Fouch made up for the miss as he knocked down a deep three-pointer with three ticks left on the clock and the Dragons took a 25-23 lead into the intermission.

Game Notes

Louisville shot 29 percent from the field in the second half, 40.9 percent for Drexel...Drexel controlled the rebounding margin 46-26...The Dragons visit St. Francis-PA on Saturday, while Louisville will host Gardner-Webb...The all- time series is now tied at 1-1.