Northeastern (4-11) at Drexel (8-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: TCN-PHI. Home Record: Northeastern 2-3, Drexel 3-1. Away Record: Northeastern 0-5, Drexel 3-4. Neutral Record: Northeastern 2-3, Drexel 2-1. Conference Record: Northeastern 1-0, Drexel 0-1. Series Record: Drexel leads, 36-16.
GAME NOTES: Drexel will try to snap a season-high, three-game losing streak, as the Dragons tangle with the Northeastern Huskies in Colonial Athletic Association action on Saturday afternoon.
The Dragons are hoping to avoid their first four-game skid in a single season since Dec. 6-22, 2008 when they dropped five in a row.
On Wednesday, the Dragons suffered an 85-73 conference-opening loss at William & Mary. Frantz Massenat led the Dragons with 19 points while Chris Fouch and Tavon Allen each finished with 18. It was amazing Drexel lost the game considering the Dragons had only three turnovers, which tied the school's Division I record for fewest miscues in a game.
The Dragons face an uphill climb as they could be without their two leading rebounders. Senior forward Dartaye Ruffin is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury suffered in the last game. Ruffin is shooting 65.1 percent from the field and is also the team's leading rebounder (7.5 rpg). Additionally, junior forward Kazembe Abif (7.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is questionable for today's game due to a knee injury.
Fouch (16.9 ppg) leads the Dragons in scoring, while Massenat, a four-year starter, is averaging 14.9 ppg and 4.5 apg. Forward Tavon Allen (13.0 ppg) is part of the starting lineup for a team that is shooting just 27.4 percent from 3-point range. On the positive side, Drexel's opponents are only 29.3 percent accurate from beyond the arc, which is the best defensive mark in the CAA. The Dragons entered this week ranked among the top-10 in the country by committing only 9.3 turnovers per outing.
The Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak by claiming a 79-68 overtime win against visiting UNC-Wilmington. Scott Eatherton scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Reggie Spencer added 10 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. David Walker netted 18 points, while Demetrius Pollard contributed 17 in the win.
Eatherton, who already has 11 double-doubles this season, leads the Huskies in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is shooting 56.2 percent from the field. He is also (10.0 rpg) the second-leading rebounder in the CAA. Walker (11.7 ppg) and Spencer (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg) are part of a team that has struggled at the foul line this season by making a CAA-low 63.6 percent.
Drexel had won six straight meetings in the series, until Northeastern swept both matchups last season. That included a 63-58 overtime win in Philadelphia. With the injuries mounting, the Dragons have a tough task ahead in trying to snap their skid, but playing at home against a team that has struggled with perimeter defense should give Drexel enough of an edge to get back on track. Northeastern is also in a tough stretch, playing five CAA games in an 11-day stretch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 71, Northeastern 67
01/11 10:31:36 ET