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PREVIEW: Game 14 W&M vs. Drexel

PREVIEW: Game 14 W&M vs. Drexel

The Opponent: Drexel Dragons 8-5, 0-0 CAA

The Coach: James “Bruiser” Flint (thirteenth season, 220-164). His victory against Elon to start the season made him the winningest Coach in Drexel history. He is the longest tenured coach in the CAA and has 131 CAA wins.

The Series: This will be the 29th game in the series between William and Mary and Drexel … The Dragons lead the overall series, 19-9, and are 14-8 against W&M since joining the CAA. The Dragons have won the last four games against the Tribe, including last season’s 59-48 win in Williamsburg. William & Mary, however, has won 5 of the last seven meetings in Kaplan, including an 80-66 slugfest two seasons ago.

The Skinny: The Dragons are, again, a tough defensive team. Drexel is 2nd the CAA in scoring defense (66.2 points per game) and pull down almost 39 rebounds per game. The Dragons average 3.2 blocks per game. They are the toughest defense against the Three in the CAA, allowing only 27.3 percent to be made. They cause 11.4 TO’s per game. They have suffered this season from the loss of senior Damion Lee to an early knee injury.

They get most of their scoring from the two senior guards, Chris Fouch, their top 3pt threat (28 made) and Franz Massenat, (Pre-Season 1st Team All-CAA). The pair combine to average 31.4 ppg, while 6’8” Senior, Dartaye Ruffin is their top rebounder, getting 8.1 boards per game.

The Key Players:

• #3 R-Senior Chris Fouch scored 13 points at USM, which was his 12th double-digit effort in 13 games. He ranks 5th in career treys (231) and 13th in career points (1,412) at DU.

• #11 Sophomore Tavon Allen poured in a team-high 15 points at Southern Miss and is averaging 16.3 ppg over his last 3 games (12.6 ppg overall).

• #4 Senior Frantz Massenat had eight points and four assists at USM. He ranks 4th in career assists (465) and 16th in career points (1,312) at Drexel. He is averaging 14.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

• #35 Senior Dartaye Ruffin ranks 4th in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg) this season and is 12th in career rebounds (718) at Drexel. He is scoring 5.0 per game

Tribe Disa & Data:

• Junior. Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 26 points at WIU and also pulled down 6 boards and dished out 6 assists. Thornton leads the CAA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and is second in the league in treys made (2.9 pg). He is shooting 76% from the FT line. He is the CAA Co-Player of the Week.

• Freshman Omar Prewitt scored 18 points at Western and pulled down a team-high 8 boards. He’s averaging 14.1 ppg, good for 11th in the CAA. He is 2nd in the CAA from the line, at 79.4%. He is, again, the CAA Rookie of the Week.

• Senior Tim Rusthoven missed the last two contests due to illness, but is still 13th in the CAA in scoring at 13.1 ppg, 17th in rebounding at 5.5 per game and leads the league in shooting percentage at 58%.

• Senior Julian Boatner contributed 10 points, on 3 of 4 shooting from long range against WIU and now is hitting 44% of his 3 point shots, (2nd in the CAA) while averaging 7.3 ppg.

The Tribe is the best 3 point shooting team in the CAA, while Drexel is the best defensive team vs the three. W&M leads the CAA in steals (6.6) and assists (13.8).

The Broadcast: This game has a 7 PM tip. The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM on our affiliates 92.3 FM and 107.9 FM and on the internet at www.tribeathletics.com. Tune in early to hear Tony’s thoughts on the game and our analysis of the Dragons. There is TV coverage of this game on TribeTV.

Final Thoughts: This is an early test against one of the top teams in the League. The Dragons have not shot well, of late and have been uncharastically out muscled in the two recent losses. We should be back to full strength for the game. It will be the best three point shooters in the CAA against the best three point defenders. Hopefully, the Tribe Riflemen, Thornton, Prewitt, Boatner, Gaillard and Britt will all be “on” from long range. Tim will need some help on the boards against their inside bangers.

Let’s get win #9.

Go Tribe!!

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