PHILADELPHIA, PA-A Marcus Thornton step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer propelled the William and Mary men’s basketball team to a come-from-behind 68-66 victory at Drexel on Saturday afternoon. The Tribe trailed by nine points at the half, but scored the first 10 points of the second half to get back into the contest. A Chris Fouch leaner with 8.1 seconds remaining set the final sequence that allowed Thornton to gain space on the right side and knock down the winner with no time on the clock. W&M improved to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in CAA play, while Drexel fell to 10-9 on the year and 2-4 in league action.
With nine and a half minutes remaining, Drexel led the Tribe, 57-50, before the Green and Gold reeled off 11 straight points. Rusthoven scored seven points during the run, including a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line. Thornton threaded the needle on a pass to the Tribe senior forward for a lay-up to put W&M on top 58-57 with 6:22 left. A pair of Rusthoven free throws at the 5:07 mark extended the Tribe margin to 61-57.
Thornton knocked down a 3-pointer from the left side to give the Tribe a five-point cushion, 64-59, with three minutes remaining. Drexel though answered with a 3-pointer from Frantz Massenat that cut the deficit to 64-62 on the ensuing Dragon possession.
Following a W&M timeout, Thornton came off a pick at halfcourt, made a move along the right side of the 3-point line and buried the tripled at the buzzer to give the Tribe the 68-66 victory. After the officials checked the monitor and confirmed the shot left Thornton’s hands in time, the W&M bench celebrated its fifth road win of the season.