PHILADELPHIA -- Alihan Demir had 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to help Drexel beat UNC Wilmington 69-57 on Thursday night.
The Dragons (12-13, 6-6 Colonial Athletic Association) took the lead for good on Coletrane Washington's 3-pointer with 9:53 left in the game. That sparked an 8-0 run to make it 53-46 for Drexel. Three times, the Seahawks (8-17, 4-8) closed the gap to five, but Drexel pulled away for good with a 10-4 run in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
James Butler had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds and Trevor John added 14 points with four 3-pointers for the Dragons. John improved his season total from the arc to 83, moving him alone in sixth place in the Drexel record book. Dominic Mejia (2005-06) holds the record with 92 3-pointers.
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