Drexel Clinches CAA, sneaks past ODU

The Drexel Dragons (25-5, 16-2 CAA) clinched the CAA regular season title on Saturday with a narrow win over rival Old Dominion (19-12, 13-5 CAA). This game was highlighted by freshman Damion Lee, who had an off game against James Madison; he lit up ODU for 24 points. A notable stat was the fact that Damion went 6-12, meaning that he scored his points efficiently from behind the arc.

Lee (center) is congratulated by teammates Givens (left) and Thomas (right).

In addition, Chris Fouch, who was the surprise player of the game vs JMU, started this game and did not disappoint with 15 points. Samme Givens continued his tremendous season with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds; it is his sixth of the season. These stud performances by their leaders proved to be enough for the win over ODU in the Dragons’ regular season finale.

Drexel was up 71-65 with 37 seconds left in the game, and it looked likely that they would wrap up the game. However, ODU scored 5 consecutive points to narrow the margin to 1 with 15 seconds left. ODU fouled Chris Fouch, who drained both his free throws to make it a three point game with 10 seconds left.

Bazemore's missed free throw cost his team the game (ESPN).

On ODU’s last possession, Damion Lee committed a foolish foul on Kent Bazemore, who was in the act of shooting a three, giving him the chance to tie the game at the charity stripe. After draining the first two, he missed the third, Drexel rebounded the ball, and the Dragons won the game.

Even with that missed free throw, the Monarchs wouldn’t have been in the game without Bazemore, who scored 37 points. That is over half of his team’s total.

After winning the CAA regular season title, and hopefully clinching an at-large bid, Drexel still can tie up all loose ends in Richmond by winning the CAA tournament.


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One Comment on “Drexel Clinches CAA, sneaks past ODU”

  1. jack soslow
    February 26, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    George Mason, a 2006 CAA 10 seed in the tournament. VCU, a 2011 CAA 11 seed in the tournament. Both of these teams were some of the lowest teams to make the final four in history. Drexel, a 2012 CAA 12 seed will make it to the final four if they win the Colonial Tournament. If drexel beats VCU in the finals than VCU should receive an at large bid.

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