By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Drexel will be on the road on Thursday night as they visit Old Dominion in CAA action.
The Dragons are 11-17 on the season (7-9 in the CAA) and coming off a couple of heart-breaking losses. The Dragons fell in double-overtime at Delaware on Thursday and then they lost by a point at home against Towson on Saturday when they couldn’t take advantage of some key opportunities down the stretch.
“It has been frustrating,” Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint tells KYW Newsradio. “I think the guys’ effort has been good. We haven’t caught any breaks and we haven’t made any breaks for ourselves. We’ve been right there to win some games, we just haven’t been able to get over the hump.”
Drexel will be looking for a bit of revenge in this one. The first time they played ODU this season the Monarchs came to the DAC with a 2-20 record, but they took care of business against the Dragons, winning going away, 78-66, on February 7th.
“We’ve only had two games in which in the last two or three minutes we haven’t been in it and that was one of them,” Flint says. “The other one was St. Joe’s. They came in and they played extremely well against us that day. They shot 8 for 16 from the three-point line and they were shooting, as a team, less than 30% (from three heading into that game). So I know they are going in with a lot of confidence, saying, ‘Hey, we beat those guys pretty good the last time we played them.’ ”
The Monarchs come into this game with a 4-24 record. They are 2-4 since Jim Corrigan took over as interim head coach in the days leading up to that first Drexel game.
“They’re playing a little bit more zone than they did probably in the past,” Flint says. “They’re probably ball-screening a little bit more than they did, but it’s somewhat similar. Jim was with (former head coach) Blaine (Taylor) for a long time, so you somewhat learn from the guy that you’ve been with for a period, and pretty much do a lot of the same things that they do.”
Drexel and Old Dominion will tip-off at 7:00pm in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday night.
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