This was not the best of efforts for Drexel. In fact in other years it may have resulted in a loss. Yet to show the progression the program has made, the Dragons won a game and extended a win streak on a night that so much didn’t work out.
Drexel survived a 63-61 thriller over visiting William & Mary for its 14th consecutive victory and 20th in the last 21 games.
This was against a team the Dragons beat on the road, 64-48, Jan. 23.
There is one school of thought that says a nail-biter isn’t the worst thing for the Dragons, even against an opponent that is now 5-23.
Coach Bruiser Flint doesn’t subscribe to that theory.
“You don’t want a nail-biter, but give them credit, they really played hard,” Flint said of the Tribe.
In this game, Drexel constantly ran the shot clock down and would frequently take forced shots before it would expire.
The Dragons looked anything but smooth in their half-court offense, but still got the job done.
A few keys:
1.The shooting of Derrick Thomas. Entering the game averaging 7.9 points, he scored 16 points and shot 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.
2. Frantz Massenat. For much of the game the Drexel point guard was contained, but seemed to make all the big plays down the stretch. He finished with 22 points, eight assists and just one turnover.
In talking to coaches, it appears as if Massenat is headed a first-team all-conference honors. And don't be surprised if he garners his share of CAA MVP votes.
So Drexel (22-5, 14-2 in the CAA) now plays the Bracket Buster game, Saturday 11 a.m. at Cleveland State.
A win would enhance both the resume of Drexel and the CAA.
Yet, the Dragons will have to execute better than they did against William & Mary if that big winning streak is to continue.