PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/15/2015 – The Drexel Dragons had a poor shooting night making just 24% (12 – 50) in the 54 – 35 loss to the James Madison Dukes in a CAA game at the DAC. Drexel Coach Bruiser Flint knows they team will have bad shooting nights, and scoring 35 points will is not enough to win.
“You’re not going to shoot 24% and win many games,” said Flint. “We held them to 54 points, but what are you going to do? The defense was fine. We shot 24% for the game. We scored 35 points. What do you do?”
Early in the game the Dragons took a 9 – 0 lead on a three-point basket by junior guard Damion Lee, who scored a team-high 14 points. That shot came at the 15:03 mark. Drexel did not get another field goal for the remainder of the half. James Madison was not an offensive juggernaut in the first half either, but had a 17 – 12 lead going into the locker room. Drexel made 4 of 25 (16%) from the field, 1 of 10 from deep. The Dukes made 7 of 20 and had no three-point baskets. But they held a 5 point lead.
“It’s different, I’ve scored 17 points in a half here before, but have been down 6 or 10,” said James Madison Coach and former Saint Joseph’s assistant Matt Brady. “We figured how are we going to score while keeping them away from the rim.”
In the second half JMU found some offense inside getting the ball to Lower Merion graduate Yohanny Dalembert, little brother to former Sixers forward Samuel Dalembert. He led the Dukes with a game-high 15 points making 6 of 7. Guards Ron Curry, Pennsauken native, and Winston Grays found the range from outside and scored 12 and 11 points.
“In the second half we got comfortable when Yohanny got touches,” Brady said. “He made a few more shots and got comfortable and confident, and we started to score the ball. That was a challenging game.”
Drexel falls to 3 – 13 for the season and is 1 – 4 in conference. The Dragons travel to Delaware for a game on Saturday. Flint knows players other than Lee need to score more.
“Players can’t make a shot then the ball goes to Lee,” Flint said. Other players on the team have to make a basket.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian