By Annie Ross

James Butler scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Drexel beat Niagara 72-64.

Niagara led 32-31 at halftime and lead changed hands for most of the second half until Butler’s three-point play with 8:55 left put the Dragons ahead 49-48. The play sparked a 14-2 Dragons run and they led the rest of the way.

Mate Okros had 11 points for Drexel (1-1), T.J. Bickerstaff scored 10 and Camren Wynter distributed nine assists.

James Towns had 17 points for the Purple Eagles in their season opener. Marcus Hammond added 12 points and seven rebounds and Raheem Solomon had 12 points.