Hofstra (6-20) at Drexel (10-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, February 18, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: Hofstra 5-7, Drexel 3-8. Away Record: Hofstra 1-12, Drexel 6-5. Neutral Record: Hofstra 0-1, Drexel 1-2. Conference Record: Hofstra 3-10, Drexel 6-7. Series Record: Drexel leads, 42-33.
GAME NOTES: The Hofstra Pride head to the City of Brotherly Love seeking revenge as they get set to tangle with the Drexel Dragons in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt at the Daskalakis Athletics Center.
The Dragons defeated Hofstra, 55-52, in controversial fashion on Jan. 23 in the inaugural meeting of the 2012-13 season between these schools. With the score tied at 52 and the very little time showing on the game clock, Drexel's junior point guard Frantz Massenat tried to step through two Hofstra defenders who nearly had him trapped beyond half-court. He launched a prayer from there and the ball swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded. While the Dragons celebrated the half-court heave, the Pride lividly contested that Massenat traveled.
The win gave the Dragons a 42-33 all-time series lead versus the Pride.
The Pride will be playing their third road game in their last four outings. Hofstra was defeated, 57-50, by Towson on Saturday in its brief break from the road trip. The loss dropped Mo Cassara's squad to a 6-20 overall record. Taran Buie is leading Hofstra this season with 12.9 points and 2.0 steals per outing.
Hofstra was dominated on the glass to be outrebounded, 41-25, by Towson on Saturday. Stevie Mejia led the Pride with 13 points and seven steals, while Moussa Kone chipped in with 11 points. Hofstra, which has lost nine of its last 10 games, is the only team averaging less points per game (58.5) than Drexel. It is not nearly as stingy defensively as it gives up 67.1 ppg.
James "Bruiser" Flint's Dragons lost for the third time in four outings on Thursday as they suffered 68-62 setback at home to George Mason. The recent slump has dropped Drexel to 10-15 overall and one-game below the .500 mark in the CAA standings. Sophomore swingman Damion Lee, who is the reigning CAA Rookie of the Year, paces the Dragons in the scoring column with 16.8 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Lee and Derrick Thomas netted 16 points each versus the Patriots, but the team shot just 38 percent from the floor and allowed George Mason to connect on 48 percent of its field goal attempts. Drexel is the least generous team defensively in the CAA with an allowed average of only 63.0 ppg, but it is second to last offensively with just 62.0 ppg. Massenat chips in 14.0 points and 4.2 assists per tilt, while Daryl McCoy leads the team on the boards with 8.4 rpg.
Both these schools have had very disappointing seasons to this point. The Dragons are actually worse at home than on the road. Hofstra is going to play with some intensity after being robbed in round one, but it may not be enough.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 70, Hofstra 63
02/18 10:32:31 ET