Hofstra (8-18) at Drexel (20-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 11th, 4:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: DUTV. Home Record: Hofstra 6-8, Drexel 10-0. Away Record: Hofstra 1-9, Drexel 9-3. Neutral Record: Hofstra 1-1, Drexel 1-2. Conference Record: Hofstra 2-12, Drexel 12-2. Series Record: Drexel leads, 40-33.
GAME NOTES: Cruising along with 12 consecutive wins, the Drexel Dragons now turn their attention to the Hofstra Pride for a Colonial Athletic Association showdown at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia this afternoon.
Thanks to a 63-56 win over James Madison on Wednesday night, the Dragons also notched their 20th win of the campaign, marking the first time since 1996-97 that the program has been able to log back-to-back seasons with at least 20 victories. Additionally, Drexel remained in the hunt at the top of the CAA standings with both VCU and George Mason, each of which is 12-2 in league play entering the weekend.
As for the Pride, they have certainly seen better days as the squad has a total of just two conference wins in 14 attempts, which leaves the group tied for second-to-last in the standings with William & Mary. Three nights ago, Hofstra was at the Patriot Center in Virginia and suffered a 72-62 setback versus George Mason, so now the team has lost two in a row and five of its last six games overall. In fact, Hofstra has won just two games since the start of January.
The Dragons own a 40-33 advantage in the all-time series between these two teams, their 56-50 win on the road in Hempstead, New York last month giving the team two straight victories over Hofstra.
Despite shooting only 37.5 percent from the floor in the first half, Hofstra actually led by a point at the break versus George Mason, but that was before the hosts connected on 65.2 percent from the field in the second frame, sending the Pride packing. Mike Moore scored a game-high 18 points, Nathaniel Lester 14 and Stevie Mejia 11 points off the bench in the setback as Hofstra converted just 5-of-17 shots from three-point range. Conference play has been he death of the Pride, the team scoring just 62.8 ppg while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor and a dismal 27.8 percent out on the perimeter. Moore tries to keep the team moving in a positive direction with his 18.5 ppg, but it is hard to have confidence in someone who is shooting only 36.2 percent from the field against the rest of the CAA. Lester (15.5 ppg) is also a key figure on offense for the Pride, not to mention the top rebounder in league play with 6.2 rpg.
Even though they used just a couple of reserves three nights ago, the Dragons still played well enough to secure a comfortable road win against James Madison down in Virginia as Frantz Massenat led all scorers with 16 points and Samme Givens registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Also chipping in significantly was Damion Lee who used a 6-of-8 performance at the free-throw line to come up with 12 points for a program that survived just 39.6 percent shooting from the floor. Massenat leads a trio of players in double figures heading into today's matchup, pouring in 13.2 ppg as he shoots an impressive 46.7 percent behind the three-point line. Lee checks in with another 12.1 ppg, as does Givens, the latter hitting the glass to come up with 7.3 rpg in order for the Dragons to generate a rebounding edge of more than six per game.
Perfect at home this season, a lot would have to go wrong for the Dragons to suffer a blemish on their mark after this weekend. As long as the defense does its job, Drexel should be in good shape.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 66, Hofstra 57
02/11 10:37:52 ET