GAME NOTES: Drexel tries to extend its win streak to four games today, as the Dragons clash with the Davidson Wildcats in non-conference action at Belk Arena.
The Dragons are enjoying their second three-game win streak in a span of just eight games to kick off the 2013-14 campaign, with their two setbacks coming against nationally-ranked Pac-12 Conference programs in UCLA and Arizona, both away from home. Most recently, Drexel survived a pair of triple-overtime affairs against Alabama and Cleveland State, as well as a 75-61 final versus Tennessee State last Saturday.
As for the Wildcats, they too recently put together a three-game win streak, albeit with victories over Stetson and Johnson & Wales. Earlier this week, the run came to an end with an 83-72 setback versus Niagara on the road. With the loss, Davidson is now two games under .500 overall.
The Dragons own a 2-0 record in the series with Davidson, posting a 69-58 victory in the most recent matchup last year in Philadelphia.
Against TSU, the Dragons survived a dismal 34.8 percent shooting from the floor in the second half thanks to a 59.3 percent showing through the first 20 minutes in order to bring home the 14-point victory. Frantz Massenat accounted for 21 points and six assists, followed by Chris Fouch with 20 points, the pair combining to make all nine of the team's 3-point field goals. Kazembe Abif pitched in with 11 points and eight rebounds in order to help compensate for a miserable 2-of-12 shooting effort from the floor by Tavon Allen.
Despite shooting under 40 percent from the field at the moment and just 30 percent beyond the arc, Fouch remains the top overall scorer for the group with 19.3 ppg through eight appearances. Massenat (15.6 ppg) is not only a solid scoring option for the program, he is also the one that the team looks to for keeping the offense thriving, having handed out 43 of their 100 assists to this point.
Niagara had recorded just two wins in 10 opportunities leading up to the meeting with Davidson, but that didn't stop the Purple Eagles from sending the Wildcats packing with a double-digit loss. Davidson had only one starter score in double figures, that being Tom Droney with 17 points, while the other four combined to post 22 points on 7-of-25 shooting from the field. Jake Belford accounted for 13 points and four rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench before fouling out.
De'Mon Brooks is still listed as the team's top scorer with 16.8 ppg, but he has missed five games due to a sprained left knee that continues to keep him out of action. Droney is the active scoring leader with 13.1 ppg, followed by Brian Sullivan and Tyler Kalinoski with 12.4 and 10.6 ppg, respectively. With Brooks on the sidelines, it also means that Kalinoski is the active rebounding leader for the Wildcats with 5.4 per contest, not to mention pacing the group with 35 assists as well.
The loss of Brooks has made it difficult for the rest of the Wildcats to assume their proper positions in the hierarchy of performance and expectations. The hosts will again be put to the test today by Fouch and Massenat who have the capability to drive the Dragons to victory.
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