Drexel (16-12) at Northeastern (9-20)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 1 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: Drexel 8-4, Northeastern 3-8. Away Record: Drexel 6-7, Northeastern 4-9. Neutral Record: Drexel 2-1, Northeastern 2-3. Conference Record: Drexel 8-7, Northeastern 6-9. Series record: Drexel leads, 37-16.
GAME NOTES: With five wins in their last seven games, the Drexel Dragons are finishing their Colonial Athletic Association schedule strong.
Today, Drexel ends regular-season play by taking on Northeastern, a team that's dropped back-to-back contests.
On Wednesday, Frantz Massenat scored a game-high 24 points, as the Dragons downed the College of Charleston Cougars, 56-45. Massenat shot just 6-of-15 from the field, but knocked down 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Chris Fouch added 11 points and Dartaye Ruffin tallied eight points and 10 rebounds.
Massenat is averaging 17.8 ppg (20.5 ppg in CAA games) and five apg. He has scored at least 20 points 10 times this season. Fouch (17.6 ppg) and Tavon Allen (12.3 ppg) are part of a team, that despite its success, has struggled shooting from long distance. The Dragons are hitting just 31.1 percent from beyond the arc, but are limiting foes to 30.8 percent from 3-point range. Drexel will finish the season above .500 due to good ball control. The Dragons began this week tied for second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.5).
The Huskies, who have lost two in a row, are coming off an 81-67 setback at William & Mary a week ago. The Huskies were paced by T.J. Williams, who dropped in 16 points and handed out five assists, followed by David Walker with 12 points and Demetrius Pollard 10. Zach Stahl came up a point shy of a double-double as he cleared 10 rebounds off the bench as Northeastern lost for the fourth time in five tries.
Walker (11.6 ppg) has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine contests. Scott Eatherton (15.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg), who has 17 double-doubles, has 53 blocks on the season.
The Dragons are going for the season sweep after pulling out a 93-88 double- overtime win on Jan. 11. Fouch had 31 points in that game, while Massenat ended with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Drexel has won seven of the last nine meetings.
Expect defense to play a big role in today's game, The Huskies are averaging only 65.2 ppg and Drexel (69 ppg) isn't much better. The Dragons, though, would assure themselves a winning conference record to end the season prior to the CAA Tournament. Another big difference today could be free-throw shooting. The Dragons lead the CAA at 71.3 percent, while the Huskies are ninth at 63.2 percent.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 67, Northeastern 59
03/01 10:14:51 ET