After starting off Colonial Athletic Association conference play just 1-3, the Drexel Dragons are now currently riding a three-game winning streak and are surging up the conference standings. Drexel (8-11, 4-3) now find themselves alone in third place in the CAA trailing just first-place Northeastern as well as George Mason and James Madison, who are tied for second.
While the Dragons were predicted to finish atop the league in the preseason coaches/media poll, head coach Bruiser Flint and company still have plenty to be proud of. The most impressive aspect of the team’s current three-game streak is that it comes on the heels of the Dragons’ three-game losing streak that included crushing home defeats at the hands of Towson and Northeastern and a tough road loss at JMU.
Now, with Damion Lee and Frantz Massenat clicking on all cylinders, the Dragons seem to have regained their preseason swagger and look like a conference contender once again.
Over the last three games, Lee, a Preseason All-CAA 1st Team selection, has averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists while committing just 1 turnover after missing two games due to injury. Massenat, the Preseason CAA Player of the Year, is averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. With such exceptional guard play, the Dragons have found themselves leading most of the way in the majority of their games.
But, Drexel has also been getting a huge boost from junior forward Dartaye Ruffin. Ruffin, a 6-8, 250 pound specimen, has not been receiving much press for his impact on the team’s recent run although he is very deserving of it. During the Dragons’ three-game winning streak, Ruffin has been averaging 8.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game—all while frontcourt mate Daryl McCoy has been limited.
With a complete team effort, the Dragons look to be poised for some revenge over the teams that knocked them off earlier in conference play.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.