02/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2019 12:33
PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel men's basketball team (12-13, 6-6 CAA) hosts the College of Charleston Cougars (19-6, 8-4 CAA) at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip is slated for 4:05 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.
With their win on Thursday over UNCW, the Dragons now sit tied for fourth place at 6-6 in the CAA with Delaware. The Cougars are alone in third place with an 8-4 league mark, having won five straight.
LAST TIME OUT
Drexel picked up a 69-57 win over the UNCW Seahawks on Thursday evening at the DAC. After a low scoring first half with Drexel holding a 23-22 advantage at the break, DU poured in 43 points in the second half for the 12-point win.
Junior finished with a game-high 20 points including 12 in the second half. He was 9-for-14 from the floor. Graduate transfer the second half 4-of-4 from three-point range as he scored 14 points, all in the second period.
Sophomore finished with his fifth double-double of the year behind 11 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman dished out eight assists with no turnovers. It was the second time this season the first-year player has had eight or more assists with no turnovers in a game.
GOING FOR THE SINGLE-SEASON 3PT RECORD
finishes Thursday with four treys, bringing him to 83 on the year which places him alone in sixth place on Drexel's single-season 3FG leaderboard. The record is held by Dominic Mejia with 92 treys in the 2005-06 season for the Dragons.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
The Cougars are the hottest team in the CAA having won five straight games. On Thursday, Grant Riller scored 20 points and Zep Jasper had 14 off the bench as the College of Charleston defeated Delaware in Newark, 83-75. The Cougars went 11-for-21 from behind the arc as they improved to 8-4 in CAA play and 19-6 overall.
Riller has had another outstanding year for Charleston. He averages 21.3 points and is shooting 53 percent from the floor. Riller also leads the team with 101 assists. Jarrell Brantley scores 18.4 points per game and is among the CAA leaders with 8.2 rebounds per game. Brevin Galloway has a team-high 39 three-pointers, while Jasper is shooting .371 from behind the arc. The Cougars enter the weekend leading the CAA in scoring defense (66.0), three-point defense (.324) and steals per game at 6.8.
The College of Charleston holds a 9-6 lead in the series. Earlier this year in Charleston, made all three free throws with 1.1 seconds to go as Drexel rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat the College of Charleston, 79-78. The win snapped Charleston's 22-game home winning streak. led DU with 22 points, while Grant Riller had 18 for the Cougars.
Drexel is 4-1 against the Cougars in the DAC. Last year, Drexel won the meeting in Philadelphia, 87-82, in a game that went to overtime.
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PEANUT BUTTER FOR TICKETS
During all home ticketed events in the month of February, Drexel Athletics will be collecting unopened jars of peanut butter for Philabundance. Philabundance has a goal of collecting 40,000 jars of peanut butter as part of their Spread the Love campaign. Bring 2 unopened jars of peanut butter to the ticket office on gameday and receive 1 free adult ticket. Limit 2 free adult tickets per transaction.
Drexel is going on their final regular-season CAA road trip next week with James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. on Thursday, Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) and Towson in Towson, Md. on Saturday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.).