LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — Drexel shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, and held Rider to 36 percent shooting for the game, cruising  to an 80-62 season opening win in an early morning — REALLY early morning — tipoff (see previous story).

The game began at 6am for an ESPN television audience.   Dragons head coach Bruiser Flint called in to KYW Newsradio after the game and talked about opening his season before many people hadn’t even gotten up for work.

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“Although it was real early, the atmosphere had to get you hyped up.  The Rider students were actually out in front of the building when we pulled up at, like, 4:45, so we knew we were going to have an exciting atmosphere — and that kept you awake a little bit,” he said.

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The Dragons started slow but surged at the end of the first half to draw even at 28, then started the second half on a 9-1 run and never looked back.

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Flint talks about what changed.

“We settled down a little bit at the end of the first half, and then in the second half we talked about posting the ball a little bit more.  And then (I) talked to Frantz Massenat about being a little bit more aggressive offensively.”

Massenat and Samme Givens paced the Dragons with 21 points each.

Next up for Drexel:  a matchup with Norfolk State in the Virgin Islands on Friday.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060


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