Fairfield had a plan to stop Samme Givens, but Givens had an answer.
Givens scored a career-high 31 points to lead Drexel to its fifth straight victory, 77-69, over Fairfield on Wednesday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
"He played harder than us and said, 'Your scouting report be damned. I'm going to do what I want to,' " Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson said. "He just plays harder than whoever is playing against him."
The Stags (7-6) couldn't stop Givens, who made 13 of 16 shots - including four old-fashioned, three-point plays - while continuing his hot streak.
"We kept giving it to him, and he kept scoring," Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said. "We knew he could post it. We knew we had that advantage from the beginning."
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior forward who plays bigger than his listed height, Givens is starting to resemble the player who averaged 12.2 points and 10.3 rebounds last season and was selected to the all-Colonial Athletic Association preseason first team.
After some early-season struggles, he has scored 90 points during the winning streak, upping his average to 13.3 points per game. Through the Dragons' first six contests, Givens had been averaging 9.3 points.
"I made my first couple, and obviously you feel good about that," Givens said. "Everything starts falling down, and my teammates let you know. It was a good night."
The Dragons (7-4) took a 47-36 lead with 15 minutes, 34 seconds remaining when Givens assisted on Daryl McCoy's dunk that capped a 9-3 Drexel run to start the second half.