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.
Jun. 3, 2016
Bauer: stakes high for LeBron in the NBA Finals
LeBron James is 2-4 in NBA Finals series in his career. His detractors cite that admittedly poor record when criticizing him, be it in the context of today’s game or his place in history. They’re not necessarily wrong either, 2-4 isn’t great. Michael Jordan went 6-6 in the NBA Finals. Bill Russell went 11 for 12. This seems to make a decently strong case against Lebron James obtaining a place with those players in the annals of NBA history, but is actually misleading.
May. 27, 2016
Hermann: Spiker hire gives Drexel edge against Delaware
At last, score one for the Dragons.
May. 13, 2016
Bauer: NBA playoffs heat up, Steph Curry returns
It’s finally the best time of the year. No, not because of Cinco De Mayo, Memorial Day, or my birthday, though those are monumental occasions. It’s NBA playoff time baby, and things are finally heating up!
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. 19, 2016
Win over UNCW moves women’s basketball into tie for second in CAA
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com The Drexel University women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough 59-55 home loss to James Madison University Feb. 12 with a 66-60 win over the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Feb. 14. The Dragons had JMU, the first place team in the Colonial Athletic Association, on the ropes in the first half of their matchup last Friday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Midway through the second quarter, Drexel led JMU by a neat 18 points. Graduate student forward Jackie Schluth and junior forward Sarah Curran lit up the scoreboard for Drexel in the opening half. Schluth led the team in scoring in the first half with 12 points with 6-7 shooting and Curran had 11 points, two assists and six rebounds before halftime. The Dragons were on fire in the first half as they scored 36 points while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Despite their hot start, the game began to unravel for Drexel as the second quarter reached its closing minutes. In the final 4:40 of the second quarter, JMU went on a 14-4 run that cut Drexel’s lead to 12 points by halftime. JMU continued to outplay Drexel in the second half. After the Dukes outscored the Dragons 17-8 in the third quarter, Drexel’s lead was trimmed to just three points as the game entered the fourth quarter. With momentum in their favor, JMU took a 49-47 lead, their first lead in the game, with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. Schluth and Curran did their part to keep the Dragons alive in the game’s closing minutes. After Schluth made a layup to even the score at 49-49 and JMU responded with a basket, taking a 51-49 lead over Drexel, Curran tied the game at 51-51 with a layup of her own. Following Curran’s basket, JMU’s senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey answered with a lay-up of her own, giving the Dukes a 53-51 lead. Trailing by two points with less than 1:30 left in the game, the Dragons relied on Curran to deliver for them offensively. She missed a layup attempt, but got an offensive rebound and went immediately back up with the ball, through what appeared to be contact made by a JMU player, and scored on a putback that tied the game at 53-53. Despite the fact that Curran made her put-back, Drexel head coach Denise Dillon was unhappy with the referees for not calling a shooting foul on Curran’s defender. The referees took issue with Dillon’s insistence that her player was fouled and called a technical foul on Dillon. The technical foul gave JMU two free throw attempts and possession of the ball with 1:15 remaining in the game. Just 20 seconds after Gwathmey made both technical free throws, she made a three-point basket that gave the Dukes a 58-53 lead over the Dragons. The Dragons were unable to mount a comeback in the closing seconds of the game; they lost to JMU with a score of 59-55. Individually, Sarah Curran had a productive game for the Dragons. She led the team with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Schluth, who got off to a strong start in the first half, finished the game with 14 points, which made her and Curran the only two double digit scorers for the Dragons. After the loss last Friday night to JMU, Drexel rebounded on Sunday afternoon in their game against the UNCW Seahawks. Against UNCW, the Dragons got off to another good start and took a 37-26 lead over the Seahawks by halftime. Drexel’s largest lead of the day came at the 8:18 mark in the third quarter, when Sarah Curran made a jump shot and gave the Dragons a 45-30 advantage over UNCW. Despite the large deficit they faced early on in the third quarter, and the fact that they had only six active players in their lineup, the Seahawks managed to fight their way back into the game. UNCW’s junior guard Jasmine Steele led the charge in the second half for the Seahawks. Drexel had no answer for her as Steele scored 16 of her team high, 23 points, in the second half. The Seahawks slowly chipped away at the Dragons’ lead and with just 1:49 remaining in the game, Drexel was barely ahead of UNCW with a game score of 60-59. With 1:21 left, Schluth made a clutch jump shot to increase Drexel’s lead to three points. Then, after Steele went 1-2 from the free throw line for UNCW, Curran connected on both of her free throw attempts to extend Drexel’s lead to 64-60. After the Seahawks turned the ball over on their next possession, they fouled Drexel’s sophomore forward Kelsi Lidge, which sent her to the free throw line for two shots. Lidge sank both her shots from the charity stripe. Her second basket was the final point of the game, giving Drexel a 66-60 victory over UNCW. Lidge was a major contributor in the win for the Dragons. She scored 12 points, a career high, and pulled down four rebounds for Drexel. The other players in double-digit points for the Dragons were Curran and junior guard Jessica Pellechio, who scored 13 and 14 points respectively. With both a win and a loss last week, the Dragons changed their regular season record to 13-11 and their CAA record to 9-4, which has them tied with Hofstra University for second place in the conference. Next up on the schedule for the Dragons is a home game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center against Towson University at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.
Feb. 12, 2016
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tavon Allen
Drexel University senior Tavon Allen hit an all-time-high in his collegiate basketball career Jan. 30 in the game against Hofstra University, making him the “Athlete of the Week.”
Jan. 15, 2016
W. bball splits in contests for the week, aims for win at JMU
The Drexel University women’s basketball team has scored 6-8 this season and 2-1 in conference play. That one conference loss, though, is a sore spot.
Jan. 15, 2016
WKDU to broadcast basketball games
Drexel University Athletics Department announced a partnership with the independent student radio station WKDU Jan. 5 that will allow them to broadcast Drexel’s men’s basketball games live. Coverage has so far included the first two colonial association games and WKDU will continue to cover the remaining men’s basketball season. “Drexel men’s basketball, while only a mere change in the content and format of WKDU’s programming, marks the conception of a beautiful collaboration between Drexel University and WKDU,” Cooper Beaupre, the Program Director of WKDU, Cooper Beaupre, in an email. Mike Tuberosa, Associate Athletics Director for Communications and Rob Brooks from Drexel Athletics are the broadcasters for the games. However, WKDU retains its autonomy by ensuring that those working behind the scenes to make sure that the broadcasts are aired on live are Drexel students. Specifically, Billy Bauer, former sports editor of The Triangle and Shane O’Connor, current arts and entertainment editor, are tasked with this job. Although WKDU and Drexel Athletics have tried in the past to work together, this is their first official partnership. According to WKDU General Manager Esmail Hamidi, the negotiations for their collaboration began in 2013 after WKDU decided to accept the Athletics Department’s request to air some games on the radio station. “In the past, WKDU’s relationship with Drexel Athletics has been rather non-existent…This year however, the current executive staff of the station has chosen to move closer to the University,” Beaupre wrote. He continued, “We’ve chosen to provide our listeners with an alternate form of programming that hasn’t existed on WKDU in a long time.” According to Hamidi, the only past coverage of athletics included broadcasting of basketball games in 1973 and a failed attempt to begin broadcasting the women’s basketball games in 2008. “Other avenues into programming, other than music, have been made. But this is a big thing because it is not just music,” Hamidi said. The partnership is detailed in a contract between Drexel Athletics and WKDU and will be revised each year to determine if it should be continued. “Creating connections within the Drexel community is always good. Our target market is students and if we’re doing more things to serve more interests then it’s more likely that people will encounter us,” Hamidi remarked. “It’s exciting for our program and for our fans to have our games back on the radio…It is a great opportunity for our alumni and supporters to hear our games on the radio,” Head Coach James “Bruiser” Flint said in a press release. Hamidi also said that he is confident that women’s basketball games and other sports may be broadcast by WKDU in the future. Photo courtesy: WKDU Radio