Heading into this Thanksgiving weekend’s DirectTV Anaheim Classic, the Drexel Dragons haven’t looked too impressive during the start of their 2012-2013 season. Now, the playing status of two of the Dragons’ top offensive threats are in doubt for their three cross-country games this weekend.
Sophomore guard Damion Lee sat out the team’s 61-59 nail-biter victory over the Penn Quakers Saturday night. And unfortunately, while he was on the bench with a concussion, Lee was forced to watch his teammate, Chris Fouch, suffer a serious injury as well.
Late in the second half at the Palestra, Fouch sustained a gruesome lower ankle injury. After the game, the senior, who was seen on crutches and in a cast, was taken for x-rays. The status of the x-rays and the severity of the injury has not been officially announced. However, many are speculating that the injury will sideline Fouch more the majority of the remaining non-conference games on Drexel’s schedule.
Before his injury, the 6-2 swing man had been shooting lights out. In three games this season, he’s averaged 16.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 39 percent from the field, 48 percent from three-point range and 86 percent from the foul line.
After Fouch went down, redshirt freshman Tavon Allen stepped and scored 15 second-half points to help the Dragons outlast the Quakers and secure head coach Bruiser Flint’s 200th career victory. With Fouch done for a while and Lee’s status uncertain, Allen’s performance will need to be duplicated to help the Dragons compete. If he can’t contribute consistently, Frantz Massenat will be stranded on the perimeter for the Dragons with not much room for error.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.