Davidson (6-4) at Drexel (3-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 22, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Davidson 3-1, Drexel 0-2. Away
Record: Davidson 1-2, Drexel 2-3. Neutral Record: Davidson 2-1, Drexel 1-2.
Conference Record: Davidson 0-1, Drexel 0-0. Series Record: Drexel leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Davidson Wildcats travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take
on the Drexel Dragons in a non-conference tilt at the Daskalakis Athletic
The Wildcats concluded their recent three-game homestand with consecutive
wins, most recently taking down UNC-Wilmington with a 77-61 decision on Dec.
15. Jake Cohen led four players in double figures with 21 points. Free throws
were a key factor, as Davidson converted 16-of-20 attempts, led by Cohen who
sank all eight of his tries. The Seahawks finished the game just 4-of-10 from
the charity stripe. UNCW was able to get within three on separate occasions
early in the second half, but Davidson responded with an 11-2 run to stretch
its lead back to double digits with 12:20 remaining and never trailed by fewer
than nine points the rest of the way.
Leading Davidson this season are the reigning Southern Conference Players of
the Year, De'Mon Brooks and Jake Cohen. Brooks leads Davidson's offense with
15.2 points per game while pulling down 6.8 rebounds per contest. Cohen is
also in double figures with 12.3 points per game. A career 88.1 percent
shooter at the charity stripe, Nik Cochran has made 34-of-36 attempts (.944)
this year and 50 of his last 53 free throws dating back to last season. As a
team, the Wildcats are shooting 78.4 percent from the stripe, which is good
for sixth-best nationally. The Wildcats are a deep team, as nine players
average at least 19 minutes per game. They also shoot the ball well,
connecting on 44.5 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from beyond the
arc, along with their aforementioned free-throw shooting prowess.
The only previous meeting between these two teams came in the Comcast Lobo
Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Dec. 29, 2000, and Drexel won that
one in a 70-67 final.
The Dragons come into the game with a 3-7 mark after falling to Fairfield,
69-58, last Sunday. After trailing at the half, the Dragons took the lead in
the early minutes of the second half, but a 16-1 run by the Stags gave them
control of the game. Damion Lee led Drexel with 15 points but struggled from
the floor, making just 4-of-15 shots. Frantz Massenat tacked on 11 points, but
was just 2-of-9 from the field. Dartaye Ruffin scored 10 points, while Daryl
McCoy continued his strong play with eight points and eight rebounds. The
Dragons shot just 38 percent from the floor in the game.
Lee leads the team with 17.6 points per game and has averaged better than 20
points per game since the injury to Chris Fouch. Lee has a club-best 16 3-
pointers. Massenat averages 13.2 points and is among the CAA's leaders with
4.4 assists per game. Daryl McCoy has played well of late, and the senior
leads the team in rebounding (7.8) and has 29 boards in his last three games.
Dartaye Ruffin is Drexel's primary post threat with 8.9 points per game and is
second behind McCoy with 6.9 rebounds per game.
Drexel has been winless at home early in the season and Davidson will look to
continue those troubles. The Wildcats shoot the ball well and can rebound. If
the game is close, expect Davidson's exceptional free-throw shooting to rule
the day and give the visitors the victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Davidson 72, Drexel 62
12/22 10:41:30 ET