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Friday, December 7, 2012

Look Ahead: Princeton (3-4) vs. Drexel (2-6)


Princeton (3-4, 0-0) vs. Drexel (2-6, 0-0)
2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jadwin Gymnasium
Last season: Princeton (20-12, 10-4), Drexel (29-7, 16-2).
12/10/11: Drexel 64, Princeton 60
Coaches: Princeton – Mitch Henderson, 2nd year, 23-16. Drexel – Bruiser Flint, 12th year at Drexel, 201-147, 287-219 overall.

Probable Starters
Princeton
F – Ian Hummer, 6-7, senior, 14.4 ppg, 6 rpg, 4.9 apg. F – Will Barrett, 6-10, junior, 8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg. C – Brendan Connolly, 6-11, senior, 6.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1 apg. G – T.J. Bray, 6-5, junior, 7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg. G – Denton Koon, 6-8, sophomore, 5.9 ppg, 2 rpg, 0.7 apg.
Reserves
G – Clay Wilson, 6-3, sophomore, 8.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg. F – Mack Darrow, 6-9, senior, 2.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg.

Drexel
F - Dartaye Ruffin, 6-8, junior, 8.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg. F – Daryl McCoy, 6-9, senior, 3.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg. G – Frantz Massenat, 6-4, junior, 14.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 5 apg. G – Damion Lee, 6-6, sophomore, 17.5 ppg. 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg. G – Derrick Thomas, 6-4, senior, 6-9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg.
Reserves
F - Kazembe Abif, 6-7, sophomore, 3.8 ppg, 3 rpg. F – Tavon Allen, 6-7, freshman, 10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg.

Sneak Peek: After being snubbed by last year’s NCAA tournament selection committee, the Dragons have had a tough start to their season. They are just 2-6, but more importantly lost guard Chris Fouch, who had been averaging more than 16 points per game, to a season-ending ankle fracture against Penn. The only team the Dragons have beat since Fouch’s injury is Rice, a team predicted to finish near the back of the pack in Conference USA.
Princeton, on the other hand, is coming off what was probably their best performance of the season, beating Kent State 62-50 on the road. With a healthy Fouch, Drexel lost to the Golden Flashes 66-62 in overtime in its first game of the season.
Drexel did, however, get off to a slow start last season (2-4) before rattling off 25 of its next 26 games. Junior guard (and TCA alum) Frantz Massenat is considered by many to be the top guard in the CAA, and sophomore Damion Lee has taken a larger share of the offensive load after Fouch’s injury, scoring 28 points Dec. 1 against Rider.

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