Previewing @Towson_MBB at Drexel
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/04/2013
The Towson Tigers (6-8, 1-0 CAA) are back to face one of their toughest rivals in Drexel (5-8, 1-0 CA) in Philadelphia on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Towson has not had a lot of success in the series with the Dragons, who lead 46-13. Drexel has won seven straight with the last Towson win coming at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament in 2009, 73-62. Towson's last victory at Drexel took place in 2002 (68-62). Last season, the Dragons won both games, including a 60-27 win at home on Jan. 4, 2012.

Drexel was picked in the preseason to win the CAA. But the team started the season slowly, in part due to an injury to senior guard Chris Fouch. The sharp-shooting guard, who was averaging 16.7 points per game in Drexel's first thee games, suffered a broken ankle in Drexel's 61-59 win over Penn.

Drexel is 3-3 on the road this season and 1-3 at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC).The Dragons  lost at Kent State, 66-62 and then fell at home to Illinois State, 86-84, on Nov. 15. After defeating Penn, the Dragons fell to St. Mary's (76-64), to Xavier (69-65) and beat Rice (55-47) in Anaheim, Calif.

After the Rice win, Drexel lost at home to Rider, 75-66. It went back on the road and lost at Tennessee State, 76-66. On Dec. 8, the Dragons beat Princeton, 64-57. On Dec. 16, they  lost at Fairfield, 69-58. They split their next two home games, beating a strong Davidson team on Dec. 22, 69-58, and then falling to local rival St. Joseph's, 63-49 at the DAC.

In their CAA opener on the road, the Dragons took apart Georgia State, 77-60, on Wednesday night.

Drexel averages 64.6 ppg and allows 66.2 ppg. They shoot 44 percent from the floor and 35 percent from 3-point range, while their opponents shoot 46 percent from the floor and 32 percent from beyond the arc. Drexel is also one of the top rebounding teams in the league, out-rebounding teams by 5.5.

The Dragons have one of the premier backcourts in the league, led by first-team All-CAA performer Frantz Massenat (6-4. 185). The junior from Ewing, N.J. averages 13.5 ppg, while shooting 41 percent from the field, 32 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the line. He leads the team with 57 assists in 13 games and has just 36 turnovers in 36 minutes per game.

The other guard is sophomore Damion Lee (6-6, 195), a Baltimore native who played at Calvert Hall and originally signed with Towson. Lee leads the Dragons in scoring with 18.5 ppg, while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 37 percent (26-71) from beyond the arc. He also averages 5.3 rpg and shoots 82 percent from the line.

Senior guard Derrick Thomas (6-4, 185) is one of the top defenders in the CAA. He averages 5.8 ppg and shoots 34 percent from the field and 23 percent (9-40) from the 3-point line.

At center, senior Daryl McCoy (6-9, 280) is one of the most physical post players in the league. He averages 4.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg, while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

Sophomore Kazembe Abif (6-7, 210) made his second start against Georgia State. He played 31 minutes and scored eight points. Abif averages 4.9 ppg and 3.2 rpg, while shooting 50 percent from the floor.

The bench is led by junior big man Dartaye Ruffin (6-8, 250), who averages 8.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg with eight blocks in 31.8 mpg. He also shoots 55 percent from the field but just 44 percent (11-of-25) from the line.

Redshirt freshman Tavon Allen (6-7, 185) has also given the Dragons solid minutes off the bench this season. Allen averages an impressive 8.2ppg in only 15.7mpg (with two starts). He shoots 44% from the field and 46% (13-of-28) from beyond the arc.

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