Drexel (2-6) at Princeton (3-4)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gym (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey.
Television: None. Home Record: Drexel 0-2, Princeton 0-2. Away Record: Drexel
1-2, Princeton 3-2. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, Princeton 0-0. Conference
Record: Drexel 0-0, Princeton 0-0. Series Record: Princeton leads, 8-2.
GAME NOTES: Drexel has won 20 or more games in each of the last two seasons,
but judging from the start this year by the Dragons, reaching that number will
be difficult. The team aims to get back on the winning track on Saturday
afternoon when it faces Princeton in a non-conference contest.
The Dragons have lost two in a row, including a 76-66 decision at Tennessee
State on Tuesday. Damion Lee scored 18 points to lead Drexel, while Frantz
Massenat netted 15 points to go with seven assists, and Daryl McCoy
contributed his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13
Although Drexel is the top 3-point shooting team in the Colonial Athletic
Association this season, hitting on 35.6 percent, the Dragons have struggled
in other areas. Drexel has blocked just 13 shots in eight games and has
allowed teams to shoot 46.1 percent from the field, which is fourth-worst
among CAA squads. Lee paces the team with 17.5 ppg, while Massenat averages
14.1 and Tavon Allen 10.3 ppg. Dartaye Ruffin (8.4 ppg) is the team's top
rebounder (7.4 rpg).
As for the Tigers, they are getting their shooting touch of late and have made
good on better than 50 percent from the floor in two of their last three
games. They last played a week ago, winning at Kent State, 62-50. T.J. Bray
had a team-high 15 points, and Princeton drained a season-high nine 3-
pointers. Ian Hummer paces the team with 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per
game, and he is the only Tiger to average double figures in the scoring
column. Wilson Clay (8.7 ppg), Will Barrett (8.7 ppg), Bray (7.7 ppg) and
Brendan Connolly (6.7 ppg) are all key contributors to the offense for a team
that is 3-0 on Saturdays this season and 0-4 on other days of the week.
Although Princeton has won eight of the 10 all-time meetings between these two
schools, Drexel has captured the previous two encounters. That includes a 64-
60 decision in Philadelphia on Dec. 10, 2011. Lee and Massenat combined for 25
points in that game at the Daskalakis Center.
The Tigers have the lowest-scoring offense (57.7 ppg) among Ivy League teams,
but they also employ the top-ranked defense in the conference. Princeton has
not allowed an opponent to shoot 40 percent from the field in any of the last
three contests. Expect the Dragons to struggle this afternoon against a tough
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 54, Drexel 49
12/08 10:31:51 ET