Drexel loses to Northeastern in overtime
Even without leading scorer Damion Lee, Drexel could have pulled out a win against Northeastern if not for a near-impossible double-clutch three-point basket by the Huskies' Quincy Ford that tied the game with 1.9 seconds left in regulation.
The Dragons were unable to keep up in overtime Tuesday night thanks to Northeastern's free-throw shooting, sending the visitors away from the Daskalakis Athletic Center with a 63-58 victory in a Colonial Athletic Association game.
But coach Bruiser Flint - who admitted that at times he has looked to the court and wondered, "What the hell is going on?" - actually liked what he saw for sustained stretches.
"We knew we were going to struggle to score the ball not having our leading scorer," Flint said. "We had guys out of position. But I thought we played defense. I think we've been getting better with that. We gave ourselves a chance.
"We still threw the ball away [21 turnovers] a little bit too much. But we actually played some D. But the kid [Ford] made a tough shot, and in the overtime we were begging a little bit."
Lee, who averages a team-high 18.1 points, suffered a bone bruise in his knee last Wednesday against Georgia State and aggravated it the next game against Towson. Flint said he was told Tuesday morning that Lee wouldn't be available, and did not know how long he would be sidelined.
The Dragons (5-10, 1-2 CAA) appeared to have the game in hand late in regulation. Frantz Massenat, who had a game-high 19 points, sank a three-pointer with 2 minutes, 4 seconds to play to give them a 45-43 lead, and Daryl McCoy added a follow-up score to make it a four-point game.
But down 47-44 with 15 seconds left, Northeastern (8-7, 3-0) got the ball to Ford and he drained his highlight-reel trey to force OT.
Ford hit the first two points of OT to give the Huskies a lead they would never relinquish. The visitors sank 12 of 13 free-throw attempts in the final five minutes.
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