Drexel (6-11) at Hofstra (5-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Drexel 1-5, Hofstra 5-3. Away Record: Drexel 4-4, Hofstra 0-9. Neutral Record: Drexel 1-2, Hofstra 0-1. Conference Record: Drexel 2-3, Hofstra 2-3. Series Record: Drexel leads, 41-33.
GAME NOTES: Hoping to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Drexel Dragons travel to the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, New York to take on the Hofstra Pride in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt.
The Dragons got back in the win column last Saturday with a 59-48 victory at William & Mary, snapping a three-game losing streak. The win was Bruiser Flint's 205th at the school, which ties him with Eddie Burke for second place on the program's all-time list.
After securing victories in two their first three conference games, the Pride have dropped two straight in the CAA, the most recent being a 57-46 decision at George Mason last Saturday. Hofstra lost its last eight games prior to entering league play. All five of the Pride's victories have come at home.
The Dragons lead the all-time series with Hofstra, 41-33, and they have won the last three meetings. In last year's win in Hempstead, Chris Fouch scored 13 points and Frantz Massenat had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the victory in Philadelphia, Drexel got 25 points from Fouch, who was 6-of-7 from 3-point range.
The Dragons got back in the win column over the weekend at William & Mary, as Massenat scored 19 points in helping the visitors lead from start to finish. They held the Tribe, the best shooting team in the league, to just 33 percent from the field. Massenat was 7-of-14 from the floor and he had three treys. Damion Lee finished with 10 points after missing the previous two games due to injury. Dartaye Ruffin tied his season-high with 11 rebounds.
Lee has led the way for the Dragons this season with 17.5 ppg, the fourth-best scoring average in the conference. Massenat is second on the team with 14.4 ppg (10th in the CAA), and his 4.2 steals per game is second in the league. Daryl McCoy is the top man on the boards for Drexel, pulling down 6.9 rpg, which places him 10th in the CAA. The Dragons are second in the conference in scoring defense, giving up just 64.2 ppg. They are also second in the CAA in 3-point field goal percentage (.356) and third in free-throw percentage (.731). They are allowing opponents just 29.3 rpg, which is tops in the league.
In the recent loss to George Mason, sophomore guard Taran Buie led the Pride with 14 points. Hofstra got eight points and 12 rebounds from junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni, while senior guard Stevie Mejia was also in double figures with 10 points. Although the Pride stayed close, the Patriots used a 10-2 run late in the game to secure the victory.
Buie leads the team with 14.3 ppg, good for 12th in the conference, and he is the Pride's top long-range shooter with 28 made 3-pointers (sixth in the CAA). Mejia is averaging 10.7 ppg and is in the top-10 in both steals (fifth) and assists (third) in the CAA. Nwaukoni is the top man on the glass, pulling down 7.9 rpg, which ranks fifth in the conference. Hofstra is last in the league in several categories, including scoring (61.3 ppg), scoring defense (70.2 ppg), scoring margin (-8.8), free throw percentage (.631), field goal percentage (.390) and 3-point field goals made (4.8/game). On a more positive note, they do rank second in 3-point field goal defense (.300) and third in offensive rebounds (13.1 rpg).
The Pride have had trouble putting points on the board and keeping them off for the competition, so look for the Dragons' one-two punch of Lee and Massenat to be up to their usual tricks in leading the visitors to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 69, Hofstra 60
01/23 10:35:35 ET