Posts Tagged ‘Drexel’

Posts Tagged ‘Drexel’

Huskies back on track with win vs. Drexel

February 4th, 2013

The Northeastern Huskies got back on track with a win over the vaunted Drexel Dragons to close out their four game homestand with a win, and going 3-1 overall. Many expected this game to be a tightly contested affair, especially because the Dragons were playing without their best player in Damion Lee. This time around the Dragons were missing another player, Kazembe Abif, a critical role player albeit not as important as Lee.

Northeastern seemed ready for the potentially tough game, and came out firing, easily scoring the game’s first ten points and looking dominant early on, but in what has become a constant issue, the Husky offense began to sputter. This sputtering on offense allowed the Dragons to claw their way back into it, mostly on the back of some tremendous offensive rebounding. The interior size and strength provided by Dartaye Ruffin and Gerald McCoy was key as Ruffin finished with a double-double, 12 points and 11 boards and McCoy also collected 11 rebounds as well.

Even with the Dragons finishing +14 on the boards, the two senior co-captains, Jon Lee and Joel Smith for Northeastern, would not let this team die. Things were getting dicey for the Huskies in the second half when Drexel took its largest lead of the game (3 points), but Lee and Smith hit a layup and three respectively to put Northeastern in the lead, which they never relinquished. Jon Lee, who looked pumped early on, wound up scoring his 1,000th point in his Northeastern career with 15:24 left to go in the game. He finished with a game high 17 points as well as 5 rebounds and 4 assists in what was one of his best games since returning from injury.

Lee was also part of the game deciding play, as with 2:27 left to play and the Dragons down seven, Frantz Massenat was called for a questionable flagrant foul, his fifth, on him. Lee was going up for a dunk and Massenat tried for the block but was deemed to have made excessive contact. After Lee nailed both free throws, the game was pretty much decided.

It is also worth noting the incredible job the Huskies did limiting Damion Lee, both from great defense from Joel Smith, who was tasked early on with guarding the best Dragon, as well as switching into a zone every now and then to throw off the Drexel guards. Lee finished with the fewest points in a game this season with seven.

Meanwhile, Joel Smith was the only other husky to finish in double digits with 14 points on 5-8 shooting including 2-3 from behind the arc. The Huskies are leaving the confines of Matthews Arena to play three straight road games against the three cellar dwellers. They start by travelling to Long Island to take on the Hofstra Pride.

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This Week on WRBB Sports: 1/28

January 28th, 2013

Monday, January 28

7:00 p.m. - CAA Full Court Press

Wednesday, January 30

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Georgia State
with David Kroopnick and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
from Matthews Arena

Thursday, January 31


8:00 p.m. - Hockey East this Week

Friday, February 1


3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies vs. New Hampshire
with Ben Horner, Jack Thaler and Ryan Fallon
from Matthews Arena

Saturday, February 2


6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Drexel
with Brandon Challener and Coray Runge
from Matthews Arena

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This Week on WRBB Sports: 1/7

January 6th, 2013

We’re back from break and ready for an action-packed 2013! Here’s what is on WRBB Sports to open the new semester.

Monday, January 7

7:00 p.m. - CAA Full Court Press

Tuesday, January 8

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at Drexel
with Brandon Challener and Coray Runge
from Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday, January 10


8:00 p.m. - Hockey East this Week

Friday, January 11


3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies vs. Maine
with Ben Horner, Jack Thaler and Ryan Fallon
from Matthews Arena.

Saturday, January 12


11:45 a.m. – Huskies Pre-Game
12:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at Towson
with Brandon Challener and Coray Runge
from Towson Center Arena in Towson, Md.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Four

March 5th, 2012


It’s championship Monday in the CAA. Yesterday Old Dominion and George Mason were eliminated in semifinal action, and now only two teams remain, each vying for a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Tonight’s title tilt will pit #1 Drexel against #2 VCU at 7 p.m. The Dragons and Rams both have 27 wins on the season, but it’s win number 28 that will send them dancing into March. The loser may still get in as an at-large choice, but that’s a scenario both squads would like to avoid.

For coverage of tonight’s game follow WRBB Sports and CAA Full Court Press on Twitter. Patrick McHugh, Andy Towne and Alex Faust will be inside the Richmond Coliseum to update you on the action.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Three

March 4th, 2012


We’re down to four teams in the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. On Saturday, four more teams (UNCW, Delaware, Northeastern, Georgia State) were eliminated and sent home. Only the top four seeds remain, and only two wins separate these teams from the Big Dance.

Though Northeastern’s season is over, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are still in Richmond for the tournament. Unfortunately due to increased media coverage from other outlets, we will be unable to do a running blog of the tournament from press row. Instead, check out WRBB Sports and CAA Full Court Press on their respective Twitter handles to stay updated on semifinal action.

Two afternoon games will take place today. Here’s how it looks:

2 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #4 Old Dominion
4:30 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #3 George Mason

These are truly the best four teams in the conference, and considering the run the CAA has made in the NCAA Tournament in years past, it isn’t a stretch to say these teams could make a run into late March. It should be another great day of CAA basketball.

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CAA Tournament Live Blog: Day Two

March 3rd, 2012


Four teams (James Madison, Towson, William & Mary, Hofstra) saw their respective seasons end on Friday, and four more will taste defeat today. This is the quarterfinals of the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Once again, Patrick McHugh and Andy Towne are live in Richmond to provide coverage of each and every game. The stakes have been raised higher and the dream of a championship is becoming clearer. WRBB Sports will update you on all of the games, as well as provide live coverage of Northeastern vs. VCU at 6 p.m., with pregame coverage starting at 5:45.

Four more games are on the schedule today. Here’s how it looks:

12 p.m. – #1 Drexel vs. #9 UNCW
2:30 p.m. – #4 Old Dominion vs. #5 Delaware
6 p.m. – #2 VCU vs. #7 Northeastern
8:30 p.m. – #3 George Mason vs. #6 Georgia State

UNCW and Drexel are set to tip off, so let’s get to it. Read more…

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Previewing the CAA Awards Banquet

March 1st, 2012

The 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in less than 24 hours. While Thursday is the calm before the storm, the league will take time this evening to recognize the top performers of the 2011-12 season with the CAA Awards Banquet.

First, let’s explore picks from pundits Mike Litos of CAAHoops.com, Mark Selig of JamesMadison.Rivals.com, Tim Pearrell of The Richmond Times-Dispatch,  Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star News and Phil Kasiecki of Hoopville.com.

The honors will be handed out at the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m., but let’s take a look at the awards and what hardware we think Northeastern could go home with.

Player of the Year: Pretty much self-explanatory. The top player in the league is recognized with this award, and for the first time since 2009 the award will not say “Charles Jenkins” on it. The former Hofstra standout won the award in 2010 and 2011, and before that VCU’s Eric Maynor claimed the title in 2008 and 2009. The major candidates this year are Ryan Pearson of George Mason and Frantz Massenat of Drexel, although Kent Bazemore of ODU is getting consideration as well.
Northeastern candidate: If I had to go with one I’d say junior captain Jonathan Lee, who led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three point percentage and assists and was second in the league in minutes per game. Likelihood: None.
My pick: Pearson. Struggled down the stretch but averaged 17.8/8.5 for a team with a new coach that lost two of its three leading scorers from a season ago. Pearson is also a senior, and like it or not experience will push him past Massenat, a sophomore. Read more…

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Press Pass: Basketball vs. Drexel Dragons

February 2nd, 2012

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen was first to the microphone after his team lost to the first-place Drexel Dragons.

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Bruiser Flint and star freshman Damion Lee represented the visitors.

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This week on WRBB Sports

January 30th, 2012

Monday, January 30

7:00 p.m. – CAA Full Court Press
Pre-Bracketbuster Selection

Tuesday, January 31

34th Annual Women’s Beanpot
4:45 p.m. – Huskies Hockey Pre-Game
5:00 p.m. – Northeastern Women’s Hockey: Huskies vs. Boston College Eagles
from Walter Brown Arena in Boston, Mass.
with Alex Faust and Craig White
Game airing exclusively on WRBB Sports Extra

Wednesday, February 1

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies vs. Drexel Dragons
from Matthews Arena
with TBA

Thursday, February 2

8:00 p.m. – Hockey East This Week
Beanpot “Hype Week” Edition

Friday, February 3

3:00 p.m. – Dog Pound Sports Sound

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Hockey Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Hockey: Huskies vs. UMass Minutemen
from Matthews Arena
with Alex Faust, Ben Horner, and Craig White

Saturday, February 4

6:45 p.m. – Huskies Basketball Pre-Game
7:00 p.m. – Northeastern Basketball: Huskies at VCU Rams
from the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.
with Patrick McHugh and Brandon Challener

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