Damion Lee Registers First Double-Double Of The Season
PHILADELPHIA, PA. 12/22/2012 – There were many games this season where the Drexel Dragons would be involved in a tough battle, but the result would go the other way. The team needed a victory that would be the result of getting a big shot or a key defensive stop. The Dragons got it as they answered every charge made by the Davidson Wildcats to earn a 667 – 58 win at The DAC. Sophomore forward Damion Lee recorded his first double-double of the season scoring 26 points and adding 11 rebounds. Drexel Coach Bruiser Flint was pleased to see his team reverse the trend of late-game breaks going against his team.
“That’s not what we have been doing all season,” said Flint. “We’ve had moments where other teams go on a 14 – 0 run on us. We finally got back to guard people. Even when we didn’t have smooth offense we got some stops. That was the key to it.”
“We came up with some tough stops. We dug some balls out and got some easy put backs. We made tough plays. We hadn’t been making tough plays all year. Today was the first game we had to make plays late.”
Drexel looked to be in control of the game leading 52 – 40 on a three-pointer by Lee with 10:46 to play. The Dragons did not score again for over six minutes when junior guard Frantz Massenat made a shot from beyond the arc to get a 7-point advantage at the 4:23 mark. Still Davidson would not go away staying within 4 points. However. the Dragons got the stops to keep Davidson from getting to within one possession. Twice Drexel answered with a key shot. The Dragons put the game in the win column when Massenat rebounded a missed shot and passed the ball ahead to Lee for a dunk and a 63 – 53 lead with 1:05 to play. The energy and emotion erupted for the Dragons with that play.
“To me it’s about defense and rebounding as a guard,” Massenat said. “When I got the rebound and passed it to Damion (Lee), the team was happy to see me get after it. It helps my team, the energy level goes up. There was a timeout after that where the guys came off the bench real energetic. It worked well for our team.”
Massenat scored 14 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and handed out 6 assists. Lee came off the bench as he had not practiced due to a foot injury. It did not affect him adversely as he made 8 of 17 shots, 2 of 7 three-pointers, and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line.
“My teammates were finding me to where I got an open shot, and I put it in,’ said Lee.
De’Mon Brooks led Davidson with 16 points. Berwyn, PA. native and Conestoga High School graduate Jake Cohen scored 10 points.
The Dragons improve to 4 – 7 on the season. Drexel prepares for a visit from Saint Joseph’s on New Year’s Eve. Flint was just happy to see his team get better.
“We’ve been bad,” Flint stated. “I just want to see us play better, play a good game.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian