Drexel (9-12) at Northeastern (13-8)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (6,000) -- Boston, Massachusetts.
Television: The Comcast Network. Home Record: Drexel 2-6, NU 5-6. Away Record:
Drexel 6-4, NU 6-1. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, NU 2-1. Conference Record:
Drexel 5-4, NU 8-1. Series Record: Drexel leads 36-15.
GAME NOTES: The Drexel Dragons take aim at the top team in the Colonial
Athletic Association, as they battle the Northeastern Huskies in a CAA
showdown at the Matthews Arena.
The Dragons are coming off a big game at George Mason where they found
themselves down 20 points and battled back to win, 58-54. It was the fourth
win in five games for Drexel after a three-game losing streak. Although the
Dragons have a losing record on the season, they carry a 5-4 CAA record into
Northeastern most recently suffered a 78-73 loss to Georgia State, which
halted an eight game winning streak for the Huskies. The streak started for NU
as conference play began as the squad really heated up after a 5-7 start to
Drexel leads the all-time series 36-15, but Northeastern took a matchup
earlier this season in Philadelphia with a hard fought, 63-58 overtime
Damion Lee scored half the Dragons' points in the game against George Mason.
Shooting 11-of-19 from the field, he tallied 29 points, nine rebounds and
three steals. Derrick Thomas added 12 points in the win while Dartaye Ruffin
was the game's top rebounder, pulling down 10 boards. The game before, Lee
posted 30 points and is the team's top scorer this season with 18.8 ppg. Chris
Fouch adds 16.7 ppg, while Frantz Massenat contributes 14.0, However, both
players are shooting below 40.0 percent from the field. The team plays solid
defense holding opponents to 62.9 ppg, but despite having three players
average double-figure scoring, the Dragons score just 62.4 ppg. Drexel has not
earned a single win this season when an opponent scores over 60 points.
In the loss to Georgia State, the Huskies scored 70+ points for the fourth
consecutive game as Reggie Spencer led the team, just missing a double-double
with 17 points and nine rebounds. Joel Smith (16 points), Demetrius Pollard
(15 points), and Jonathan Lee (14 points) all scored in double figures. The
team played well, shooting 53.1 percent from the field but was just unable to
slow down R.J. Hunter of GSU, who scored 27 points, knocking down five 3-
pointers, with five assists. Smith averages 16.6 ppg, leading the team while
Jonathan Lee leads with 4.3 apg to go with his 12.9 ppg. Quincy Ford
contributes 12.8 ppg, while Spencer manages 11.0 ppg on 53.9 percent shooting
from the floor.
Against a Drexel team that has struggled to keep up with high scoring
offenses, as long as the Huskies, who average 69.8 ppg, put points on the
board it will be difficult for the Dragons to match them. Drexel will need
another huge game from Lee in order to have any chance in this matchup.
Sports Network Projected Outcome: Northeastern 73, Drexel 65
02/02 10:36:02 ET
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