George Mason (14-10) at Drexel (10-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: George Mason 6-4, Drexel 3-7. Away Record: George Mason 5-4, Drexel 6-5. Neutral Record: George Mason 3-2, Drexel 1-2. Conference Record: George Mason 7-5, Drexel 6-6. Series Record: George Mason leads, 12-8.
GAME NOTES: Appropriately enough, the George Mason Patriots make their way to the City of Brotherly Love on Valentine's Day in order to take on the Drexel Dragons in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Daskalakis Center.
The Patriots were most recently on the hardwood over the weekend, hosting Delaware last Saturday, as the team saw a brief two-game win streak come to an end with a 79-72 setback versus the Blue Hens. With the loss, George Mason is now 7-5 in league play.
As for the Dragons, they took the court on Sunday versus James Madison and survived with a 60-48 triumph in order to halt a two-game slide. With a record of 6-6 in CAA play, Drexel is caught in the middle of the standings, similar to George Mason which is just one game ahead at this point in the campaign.
George Mason leads the all-time series against the Dragons by a count of 12-8, but it was Drexel that won the first meeting of the season at the end of January by a score of 58-54 on the road.
More than anything else, the Patriots played a bit too physical against Delaware last Saturday, sending the Blue Hens to the free-throw line 30 times where the visitors hit 25 attempts, compared to George Mason which was just 9- of-15 at the charity stripe. Jonathan Arledge recorded a double-double for the hosts with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Erik Copes responded with 13 points and 10 boards before fouling out. Bryon Allen delivered 12 points and eight assists and Sherrod Wright another 12 points, the latter shooting just 4-of-16 from the floor.
Playing close to 33 minutes per contest, Wright is currently the only double- digit scorer on the roster with his 17.5 ppg, thanks in large part to his 120- of-149 (.805) at the free-throw line, As a group the Patriots are producing just 66.0 ppg at the moment, but at least that is still better than the 63.6 ppg being allowed.
The Drexel defense got after the Dukes on Sunday, holding the visitors to only 38.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 4-of-18 beyond the arc. In the first half especially, JMU was disabled with just five made field goals and 1- of-7 behind the 3-point line. Offensively, the Dragons were paced by Frantz Massenat who tallied 14 points, on his way to recording the 1,000th point of his career. Derrick Thomas checked in with 13 points for the hosts as well.
Among active players, Massenat is second in scoring with 14.0 ppg, although his 36.9 percent accuracy from the floor is sometimes tough to swallow. Damion Lee, who has started 17 of the 20 games in which he has appeared, is responsible for 16.8 ppg but could have even more of a say in the scoring department if not for the fact that he has fouled out of three contests for a group that is producing just 62.0 ppg at the moment.
Playing at home has not been a positive situation for the Dragons this season, the team winning just three times in 10 opportunities, but at least the squad knows that it can defeat George Mason even without playing a perfect game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 62, George Mason 55
02/14 10:44:30 ET