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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 rebounds.
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 defensive-minded team.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 54, Drexel 49
12/08 10:31:51 ET
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