GAME NOTES: The Drexel Dragons travel to Williamsburg, Virginia to take on the William & Mary Tribe in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt at Kaplan Arena.
Drexel comes into the matchup having dropped three straight decisions, the most being a 51-43 final at James Madison. Before this recent stretch, the Dragons had won 17 straight regular-season CAA games.
After dropping a 74-58 decision to Georgia State on Wednesday night, William & Mary comes into this contest having loss its last six games.
Drexel leads the all-time series with the Tribe, 18-9, which includes victories in each of the last three meetings. Last season, the Dragons downed the Tribe, 64-48, in Williamsburg, before escaping with a narrow, 63-61 triumph in Philadelphia.
The Dragons dropped their most recent outing, losing to JMU by eight. The contest was tied with under five minutes to play, but the Dukes scored 10 straight to pull out the victory. Frantz Massenat led Drexel with 13 points, but on just 4-for-15 shooting from the floor. Tavon Allen and Ruffin each scored eight points. Kazembe Abif finished with a career-high nine rebounds.
Offensively, the Dragons average 62.9 ppg, while shooting 42.4 percent from the floor. Drexel leads the CAA in 3-point percentage (.351) and ranks third in free-throw percentage (.725). The Dragons rank second in the CAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 65.2 ppg, and that figure drops to 60.8 ppg against league foes. Drexel ranks third in the CAA, outrebounding their opponents by four per contest. Sophomore Damion Lee leads the team in scoring at 18.1 ppg, which ranks second in the CAA, but he has missed four contests this season, including each of the last two. He is shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 83.9 percent from the free throw line, to go along with 5.2 rpg. His free throw percentage ranks second in the CAA, while his 3-point percentage is fifth. Massenat is averaging 14.1 ppg, while adding 4.3 apg, which is second in the league. Daryl McCoy, who also missed the Dragons' game at JMU, is the team's leading rebounder and he ranks fourth in the league at 8.8 rpg.
The Tribe lost at Georgia State on Wednesday night, 74-58. Tim Rusthoven led William & Mary with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 13 points. W&M led by as many as 14 in the opening half, but GSU shot 51.9 percent in the second half to rally for the win.
The team's leading scorer, Thornton ranks second in the CAA and 42nd nationally with 18 ppg. Rusthoven adds 14.1 points and 7.1 caroms per contest. The Tribe is the top shooting team in the CAA and is second in scoring, dropping in 68.3 ppg. W&M is the tops in defending the 3-pointer and fourth- best in the country (.268). The Tribe also leads the CAA in field goal percentage (.452) and assists (14.0), while ranking second in scoring (68.3), 3-pointers made (6.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0).
Both teams come in desperate for a win. The Dragons get back their top scorer and top rebounder, so expect the Dragons to have a strong outing and hand the Tribe their seventh straight defeat.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 65, William & Mary 62
01/19 11:30:43 ET
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