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Jul. 8, 2016
Damion Lee set to play summer ball for Miami
The 2016 NBA Draft took place in Brooklyn, N.Y. June 23. Sixty players heard their names called during the nearly four-hour event, from the Sixers’ No. 1 selection, Ben Simmons, to the final selection, Tyrone Wallace.
May. 27, 2016
Hermann: Spiker hire gives Drexel edge against Delaware
At last, score one for the Dragons.
Mar. 24, 2016
Source: Drexel hires Zach Spiker as m. bball head coach
Drexel has hired Zach Spiker to be its next men’s basketball head coach, a source told The Triangle.
Mar. 9, 2016
Hermann: Remembering Flint as he was, a success
James “Bruiser” Flint, Drexel’s head men’s basketball coach, was fired on March 7.
Mar. 7, 2016
Sources: Bruiser Flint let go as m. bball head coach
James “Bruiser” Flint will not return as Drexel’s head men’s basketball coach for the 2016-17 season, multiple sources have told The Triangle.
Mar. 4, 2016
Men’s basketball gears up for CAA tournament as number 9 seed
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com The Drexel University men’s basketball this season, to a large degree, has centered around Bruiser Flint, the battered, beleaguered head coach mucking through the least-successful season of his career. He has represented the program extremely well for the past decade and a half, but it seems the magic has expired. Now, job security rumors abound. With the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on the horizon, though, there’s just one thing to talk about, and it’s basketball. Pure and simple, can Drexel, owners of one of the worst records in the country, play basketball well enough to advance past their first opponent of the tournament? The Dragons haven’t done so since 2012, and this year, while theoretically possible, it doesn’t look substantially more likely. Flint’s team, the No. 9 seed, faces Elon University, the No. 8 seed, at 6 p.m. March 4. The two teams faced off twice this season, with Elon winning both high-scoring affairs behind a barrage of three-pointers. Drexel made the same mistakes in both games, allowing Elon’s deadly shooters to get looks from deep and heat up. When the Phoenix get going, they’re nearly impossible to stop. Recently, Drexel has played a similar game, deadly from deep and hard to stop. Tavon Allen is averaging 19.3 points per game on 46 percent shooting in his last four outings. He’s hit 13 three pointers in that four-game stretch, converting at a 40 percent clip from deep. The problem with relying on Tavon Allen is that, over his career as a Dragon, he’s not exactly been the picture of consistency. It would be nice to imagine that this impressive streak will continue as he tries desperately to stretch his college playing career as far as it will go, but this four-game stretch of double-digit scoring ties his longest streak in 2016. Tavon Allen will likely break double digits against Elon, mainly out of necessity. The question is whether he’ll be able to do it efficiently enough to keep the Dragons afloat. Another question facing Drexel during its tournament run, however long that may be, is which version of forward Rodney Williams shows up. When he’s at his best, Williams is one of the most athletically gifted big men in the conference, with first-team potential. However, like Tavon Allen, Williams has problems with consistent production. He averages 10.2 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, but he’s scored three points or fewer five times this season. Typically, when he struggles with early fouls, he’s thrown off his game and never finds a rhythm. The good news? Williams averaged 14.5 points and four rebounds per game in the Dragons’ two meetings with Elon this season, including an eye-catching 19-point, seven-rebound performance in their first matchup. Players like Kazembe Abif and Terrell Allen will be their normal, consistent, productive selves. But the variables like Tavon Allen and Williams are where Drexel will either win or lose this game, and the possible games that will follow if the Dragons manage to win in the first round. This team is limited in its offensive capability. Flint has been quick to acknowledge that this season. But on those rare occasions when each player clicks, the Dragons have looked like a competent team. So, yes, one win against Elon is feasible. But more than one win might be a pipe dream. Even winning one might be impossible. That, of course, is why they play the games.
Feb. 26, 2016
Men’s basketball ends rough streak with big win over William & Mary
It seemed as if this week would me more of the maddening same.
Feb. 19, 2016
More CAA losses add to frustration for men’s basketball
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com Another week shows much of the same storyline for the Drexel University men’s basketball program. In watching this team play, one may be tempted to recall Albert Einstein’s oft-quoted definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”— in this case, unfortunately, victory. A Feb. 11 matchup against the University of Delaware showed promise for another notch in the win column for the Dragons. At 6-18, the Blue Hens had been experiencing many of the same emotions as a young, guard oriented team that had flashed potential, but had found victories rather elusive. With guard Kory Holden held out of the starting lineup due to a violation of team rules, Delaware seemed liable to extend their school-record 15 game losing streak. At the outset, this vulnerability really showed. The Dragons weren’t slowed at all by the absence of Tavon Allen in the starting lineup, thanks to the spectacular play of Sammy Mojica, who continued his recent hot shooting. As the Hens sat back in a passive 2-3 zone, Mojica feasted, draining three early triples in just four possessions. He wasn’t the only one joining in the frenzy; the Dragons’ lead hovered around 10 points for much of the first half, and with 10 minutes remaining they were shooting a blistering 71 percent from the field. But then Delaware seemed to snap awake, switching to a full court defense that completely took Drexel out of their rhythm and allowed them to tie the game on a deciding 11-0 run to end the half. With their shooting back to mortal levels, it was the Dragons’ turn to look vulnerable. They simply had no answer for the inside play of Marvin King-Davis, who asserted himself in Holden’s absence for a game-high 23 points. In a back-and-forth second half, Drexel just couldn’t come through with the critical scores or stops to put them over the hump, culminating in an open missed three by Tavon Allen that would have brought the game to within one point with 30 seconds remaining. The final score was deceivingly lopsided, a 69-60 victory for Delaware. Sunday’s matchup with Northeastern University was not so nail-bitingly close. The Huskies pounced on Drexel’s porous defense, raining down 11 threes within just that game. Five of those came from a 21-point performance by David Walker, who tied the school record for three-point baskets during the contest. Overshadowed by Walker’s shooting prowess was Drexel’s Rodney Williams, who was profoundly efficient in gathering his season-high 23 points. One of his nine field goals, a rim-rattling jam during a late second half push, came off of a gorgeous feed from a rejuvenated Terrell Allen. However, his energy was not enough to overcome the Northeastern attack and the Dragons were slain yet again — this time, 70-60. It is easy to apply Einstein’s quote to Drexel’s men’s basketball season. Two more games with much promise, but the same excruciating, sanity-bending results. However, another definition may be more apt to describe the viewer experience for a Drexel basketball game. From Merriam Webster: “The feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something.” Frustration. This frustration is certainly not due to a lack of effort — despite their other shortcomings, they have played hard all season, regardless of score or situation. This frustration is that it seems as though the Dragons deserve better. Manny Mojica has found his shooting stroke, Terrell Allen is back to his playmaking self, Rashann London is becoming more comfortable on the floor, and no coach in the Colonial Athletic Association visibly lives and dies on every possession as much as Bruiser Flint. It seems as though for all their efforts the basketball gods should one day look fondly down upon them. Hopefully that day will come soon.