It was never really in doubt that the Dragons would come away victorious, but they did deal with a few scares throughout the game. In the first half, Drexel got into foul trouble, committing 6 team fouls in the first five minutes of play. Having depth at the guard positions was a major factor in Drexel's victory. When Damion Lee went to the bench early, Tavon Allen was there to pick up the slack.
Chris Fouch recorded 10 points and 4 assists, but was also in foul trouble for a majority of the game before eventually fouling out. The Dragons, just like every other NCAA team, are still getting used to the new foul calling scheme, so expect foul trouble to be a major factor for at least the first half of the season. Frantz Massenat played brilliantly, scoring 12 points, recording 7 assists, and showed great poise in breaking the Rutgers trap defense.
Center Dartaye Ruffin was a huge factor as well. Drexel's strength is it's guard play. Fouch, Lee, Allen, and Massenat all are very capable players. However, they all play guard. Having Ruffin out there to play tough, stout defense goes a long way in the Dragons winning this season. Ruffin makes their lineup flexible and they definitely need him to stay out of foul trouble.
With the North Division wrapped up, the Dragons will head to New York next week, where they will play the winner of the Rhode Island and Arizona game.
Next Game: Wednesday, November 27th, vs Winner of Rhode Island vs Arizona (most likely Arizona)
By: Dan Goggin