College of Charleston (14-15) at Drexel (15-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Charleston 9-6, Drexel 7-4. Away Record: Charleston 4-7, Drexel 6-7. Neutral Record: Charleston 1-2, Drexel 2-1. Conference Record: Charleston 6-8, Drexel 7-7. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 3-0
GAME NOTES: Coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, the Drexel Dragons now hope to close out the home portion of their schedule with a positive outcome versus the College of Charleston Cougars in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Daskalakis Center.
On Sunday afternoon, the Dragons took their act on the road down to the First State, matching up with league-leading Delaware and taking out the Blue Hens in a 69-65 final. The victory was the second in the last three games for a Drexel squad which is now an even 7-7 in CAA action.
As for the Cougars, a group which is just 4-7 on the road in 2013-14, they are coming off a double-overtime loss at UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, 57-55, a game in which neither team scored in the first extra session. The defeat was the second in three games for the team and dropped it to 6-8 in conference play.
Charleston has won all three previous meetings with the Dragons, including a low-scoring 47-46 outing in South Carolina earlier this month.
Not that Drexel has been a weak team this season, but beating a streaking Delaware squad on the road was quite a feat for the Dragons. Tavon Allen scored a career-high 25 points off the bench, leading the Dragons to a narrow win over the Blue Hens. Allen connected on 10-of-17 shots from the floor and handed out four assists in 37 minutes of action. Chris Fouch responded with 19 points and Frantz Massenat 11, while Dartaye Ruffin cleared a game-high 12 rebounds in the triumph. Allen scored 19 points in the second half for the Dragons, the team shooting 44.8 percent from the field in the frame, as well as 11-of-13 at the free-throw line, in order to pull off the unlikely road win.
Fouch and Massenat are the two players who have started every game for the Dragons this season, which is why they are at the top of the scoring list on the campaign as well, the former posting 17.9 ppg and the latter 17.5 ppg. But more than just a scorer, Massenat is also the one to get the rest of the offense in gear with his 132 assists, more than one-third of the squad's total helpers. Between the pair they've accounted for 101 3-pointers, the rest of the unit a collective 38 triples. Allen is the only other active double-digit scorer for the program with 12.7 ppg for a group that generates a modest 69.4 ppg.
Charleston led by as many as 10 points midway through the second half against UNCW, but the teams ended up going to overtime, a first five-minute session where neither side managed to put a single point on the board. In the second bonus frame the Cougars were limited to a mere four points, en route to the road loss. Nori Johnson scored a team-best 15 points, Adjehi Baru 13 and seven rebounds before fouling out, while Willis Hall registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for a squad that shot only 4-of-20 behind the 3- point line and turned the ball over 15 times.
One of three players to have started all 29 games for the Cougars, Hall is leading the program in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.3 and 9.3 respectively. Anthony Stitt accounts for another 10.1 ppg, but as he showed over the weekend, he cannot always be counted on for significant point production. Baru, a 51.9 percent shooter from the floor, contributes another 9.4 ppg and is second on the unit with 7.8 rpg, not to mention coming up with a team-best 43 blocked shots, but his numbers could be even better if not for the fact that he has fouled out of nine contests.
With this being the final home game for a series of important Drexel seniors, the Dragons would like nothing more than to carry over the success they had against the Blue Hens to the meeting with Charleston tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 68, College of Charleston 62
02/26 10:38:11 ET