By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Drexel is off until Sunday when they take to the road to visit Fairfield.
The Dragons haven’t played since they rallied to beat Princeton last Saturday, 64-57, a win that improved Drexel to 3-6. Now last season, Drexel also got off to a slow start, but once they started clicking they didn’t stop until they won 29 games.
So can this year’s team follow a similar path?
“We’ve got to play better,” Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint tells KYW Newsradio. “Last year I just thought it was, a little bit, our health. We weren’t healthy and at the time we were playing people out of position, but I didn’t think we played poorly. But this year, we’ve played poorly. So we’ve got to play better. We’ve had some health issues, (guard) Chris (Fouch) going down has hurt us some, but we’ve played poorly, especially late in games and we haven’t been able to pull them out. So we’ve got play better later in games and we’ve got to get back to playing good defense.”
Flint talks about dealing with the long layoff between games.
“You do get your chance to work on some things,” Flint says. “You’re practice schedule’s not the greatest because of finals, but you do get to work on some things and sort of zero in on some of the things that you haven’t been able to do.”
Fairfield is 6-5 and coming off a 62-46 win over UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday
“Really good guards,” Flint says of Fairfield. “They change defenses up a lot. We had a tough game against them here last year (77-69 Drexel win on 12/29/11). They pressure you and guard you, play you defensively, so it’s going to be a tough battle.”
Drexel and Fairfield will tip-off at 4:00pm on Sunday in Connecticut.
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