Deja Vu (all over again):
Even though before the game Mitch Henderson said Drexel
could be the best 2-6 team in the country (after the game, he didn’t bring up
whether or not he thought they were the best 3-6 team in the country), Saturday’s
loss was any extremely tough one for a team that looked as if it had gotten it’s
second half woes taken care of last Saturday against Kent State. For now the
third time in five losses, the Tigers have gotten out to a sizeable first-half
lead before letting the game get away in the second half.
Ian Hummer’s efficiency: Even though Hummer’s first half (14
points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) was better than his second (5 points, 1 rebound,
3 assists), his night on the whole was extremely efficient. He was 9-13 from
the floor, and only had one turnover, which has been his Achilles Heel all
season (he still leads the Ivy League with 29(!) giveaways in eight games).
Clay Wilson off the bench: For a team that doesn’t have a
lot of pure scorers other than Hummer, Wilson’s shooting off the bench has been
huge. Though he missed a few big shots at the end of the game, he wound up as
the Tigers second-leading scorer with 12 points, and also got involved on the
defensive end with two steals.
Quick start: In the first half, the Tigers outrebounded the Dragons
16-13 and shot nearly 60 percent from the field, leading by as many as 13
The two-headed monster: Coach Henderson affectionately refers
to his center duo of Brendan Connolly and Mack Darrow as his “two-headed
monster”, but the pair was far from monstrous where they were needed most: the
boards. In 40 combined minutes, Connolly and Darrow only accounted for two
total rebounds. To put that in perspective, freshman forward Hans Brase
averages nearly eight rebounds per 40 minutes.
Handling pressure: Princeton didn’t have a ton of turnovers
(10), but when Drexel started to apply full-court pressure, it disrupted the
Tigers getting into their half-court offense. This is more troubling
considering Drexel very rarely presses teams and doesn’t consider it a
strength, so it isn’t as if the Tigers ran into a defensive buzzsaw. Princeton
also had trouble against the Wagner press, so it looks as if the word is
starting to spread.
Denton Koon: After a nice game against Kent State (10
points) Koon was a nonfactor against Drexel, missing his only shot in 18
minutes of floor time, committing two turnovers. T.J. Bray is going to play a
bulk of the minutes in both games, so despite being vastly different players,
Koon and Wilson are in a bit of a battle for backcourt minutes—a battle Wilson