By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was one of the great endings in recent local college basketball history as Drexel stunned Hofstra last night up in Hempstead, New York, 55-52.
The Dragons had the ball with under six seconds left and had to go length of the floor after a Hofstra three had tied the game. Frantz Massenat took the inbound pass, fumbled it for a moment, recovered, split two defenders and hit a 50-foot buzzer beater.
“That’s usually the play, we run this play at the end of the game, that we set up,” Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint tells KYW Newsradio. “Although they made us come back a lot further than we wanted to. But we got lucky. Frantz got it, took it up the floor. We do that type of stuff, it’s situation basketball. Usually it doesn’t work during practice, but we got a little lucky and Frantz knocked it down.”
Watch the shot:
The win was the second straight for Drexel, and it improved the Dragons to 7-11 on the season (3-3 in the CAA). More good news in the win, as Drexel got senior forward Daryl McCoy back. After missing two games with a foot injury, McCoy logged 13 minutes against Hofstra, scoring six points and pulling down two rebounds.
“He was okay,” Flint says. “He was just okay yesterday, I didn’t think he moved around great. But hopefully he gets better. The doctors tell him he can play through it, he should be fine. I thought he labored a little bit out there, but he should be okay.”
Next up for the Dragons, a Saturday afternoon game with Georgia State at the DAC. Drexel already beat the Panthers on the road, grabbing a 77-60 win back on January 2nd.
“I thought we played well (in that first win), it was one of our better games that we played throughout the season,” Flint says. “They’re probably the hottest team in the league right now, they’ve won four in a row. So they haven’t really lost many games since we beat them. But they’re playing with a lot of confidence. They’re shooting the ball extremely well, which they do. And they play a zone that confuses you a little bit, which I thought we handled down there. We’re going to have to do the same thing up here.”
Listen to Matt Leon’s interview with Bruiser Flint:
Georgia State is 10-11, 5-3 in the CAA.
Drexel and the Panthers will tip-off at noon at the DAC on Saturday.
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