By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Drexel Dragons will be home on Tuesday night to host CAA foe William and Mary. The Dragons are the hottest team in the city, and now one of the hottest teams in the nation as their winning streak has hit 13 in a row after Saturday’s win against Hofstra.
The Dragons took care of the Pride, 78-67, shooting 60% from the field in the process.
Junior guard Chris Fouch was huge in that win, pouring in 25 points on 8-10 shooting from the field (6-7 from three). It was one of Fouch’s best games as a Dragon and it was a welcome sight for Drexel fans, as Fouch has worked hard to come back from offseason knee surgery that cost him the first four games of the season and has prevented him from getting into a good rhythm.
Dragons head coach Bruiser Flint says he could see Fouch’s success coming in pregame warm-ups.
“He had a great shoot around. He was jumping all over the place, dunking, shooting. Always get on my guys, I always say, ‘The pressure is not to perform, the pressure is to prepare’. And I thought he had a great shoot-around the day of the game and he really came out and shot the ball well.”
Listen to KYW’s Matt Leon’s interview with Bruiser Flint:
Fouch also reached the 1,000 point plateau for his career in that win.
The Dragons will try for 14-straight wins and look to stay perfect at home (currently 11-0) on Tuesday night as they host William and Mary.
Drexel already beat the Tribe down in Virginia, picking up a 64-48 win back on January 23rd. Flint talks about what they can take out of that win this time around.
“I thought we played great defensively. We’ve had a lot of problems down there — we’ve had a lot of problems against this team. One, because we’ve really fouled them a lot. In the games that we’ve lost to them, they’ve gone to the foul line an average of 26 times and they’ve actually made 22 of them. So not only do we foul them, but they also make their foul shots. So one of the things we really talked about was defending without fouling, which I think we did a great job of. It’s going to be the same thing at home.”
In that game back in January, William and Mary only went to the line seven times (made six).
Mentioned the Dragons success at home earlier, Flint says it is no accident that his team has been so good at the DAC.
“We’ve had great crowds at the DAC. So the fans have been unbelievable, the students. It gives you a boost of energy, I don’t care what anybody says. When you have a raucous crowd and the people in there are cheering you, it’s always intimidating for the other team. Especially in our arena where its pretty close quarters and people can almost touch you as you’re running down the floor.”
William and Mary is 5-22 on the season coming into this one.
Drexel and the Tribe will tip-off at 7:00pm.