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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: ODU 1-12, DU 2-6. Away Record: ODU 0-8, DU 6-5. Neutral Record: ODU 1-0, DU 1-2. Conference Record: ODU 0-10, DU 5-5. Series Record: Old Dominion leads, 11-8.
GAME NOTES: The last-place Old Dominion Monarchs pull into the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Drexel Dragons in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
After falling at home to George Mason on Monday night, 85-74, the Monarchs have now lost 10 straight contests and 18 of their last 19 overall. They are winless in the conference, firmly ensconced at the bottom of the league standings, resulting in the termination of long-time head coach Blaine Taylor. Jim Corrigan has been named imterim head coach.
Drexel also comes in having lost its last contest, a 59-52 decision at Northeastern over the weekend. The Dragons have alternated wins and losses in their last four games, but are 4-2 over their last six.
ODU leads the series with Drexel, 11-8. The Dragons have beaten the Monarchs in three straight, including 73-72 at the Constant Center last year, and 68-51 in the CAA Tournament. ODU's last win against Drexel was in 2009-10, 71-48.
Jonathan Arledge scored a career-high 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead George Mason past Old Dominion, 85-74. The Monarchs were paced by DeShawn Painter with 14 points, while Richard Ross added 13 points and five blocked shots, and Aaron Bacote delivered 12 points and six assists as the team had its losing streak extended to 10 games.
ODU has struggled at both ends of the court this season, the team ranking second-to-last in the CAA in scoring (61.8 ppg), while sitting dead last in field goal percentage (.387). Old Dominion is also letting up a league-worst 70.4 ppg on 46 percent shooting. DeShawn Painter (11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg) is the lone double-digit scorer for the Monarchs, leading the team in rebounds as well. Dmitri Batten (8.4), Keenan Palmore (8.1 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Donte Hill (8.0 ppg) have each shown flashes, but shoot less than 40 percent from the field.
Jonathan Lee recorded a game-high 17 points as the Northeastern Huskies defeated Drexel, 59-52, at Matthews Arena last time out. For the Dragons, Dartaye Ruffin recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Thomas added a team-high 13 points and four boards. Frantz Massenat contributed 10 points and four assists, and Daryl McCoy brought down 11 rebounds as Drexel lost its second consecutive game. After a 24-24 first half, Northeastern made 14-of-16 from the free-throw line and 3-of-6 from long- range after the break. Drexel was held to 31.3 percent shooting from the floor, which included a 4-of-11 showing from beyond the arc as the Huskies claimed the seven-point victory. On the night, Drexel committed 21 personal fouls allowing the Huskies to convert 21-of-23 attempts at the foul line.
Damion Lee is the team's top scorer this season with 18.2 ppg, but he was held to just seven in the loss to Northeastern. Frantz Massenat contributes 13.9 ppg. The team plays solid defense in holding foes to 62.7 ppg, but despite having three players averaging double figures, the Dragons net just 62.0 ppg. Drexel has not earned a single win this season when an opponent scores more than 60 points.
Neither of these squads typically lights up the scoreboard, but Drexel has the definite edge on the defensive front. Expect the Dragons to extend the Monarchs string of futility and hand them their 11th consecutive loss.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 72, Old Dominion 62
02/07 17:39:00 ET
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