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Drexel 57, Monmouth N.J. 51

November 30, 1997

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) _ Mike DeRocckis scored five of his game-high 20 points in the final minute as Drexel edged Monmouth 57-51 on Saturday.

Drexel (1-0) battled from behind the entire first half as Joe Fermino netted seven of his team-high 17 points before the break to give Monmouth (0-3) a 29-28 lead.

The Dragons clamped down on the Hawks in the second half, limiting Monmouth to 30.8 percent shooting. Drexel took its first lead with 16:29 left and pushed the margin to 52-44 with 5:50 to go.

Sophomore Petrick Sanders had six of his 11 points in the half. Monmouth closed to within 51-51 at the 1:30 mark, but failed to convert a basket in the remaining time.

Monmouth takes to the road Friday in the San Francisco Northwestern Mutual Classic.

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