Surging Drexel readies to visit Northeastern Thursday

Matt Leon
January 22, 2020 - 4:26 pm
Drexel sophomore guard Cam Wynter.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Drexel Dragons will look to stay hot on Thursday night when they visit the Northeastern Huskies in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Drexel brings a three-game winning streak into Thursday night's game. It's a surge that has improved their record to 12-8 this season, and their 5-2 mark in the CAA has them just a game behind first place William & Mary. 

Last time out, the Dragons made a statement against that William & Mary team, hammering the Tribe at the DAC on Saturday,  \84-57.

"Our group is really understanding how consistent we need to play on the defensive end," Drexel head coach Zach Spiker told KYW Newsradio. "Thought we were very connected in that game in terms of guys helping everybody out. We also had a number of guys, (senior guard) Zach Walton, (sophomore guard) Cam Wynter, (junior forward) James Butler hit hard shots, which they've done throughout the season, but they all did it in the same game. Then we had some really timely momentum plays, scramble offensive rebound and kick out threes, (sophomore guard) Matey Juric hit a big three. Then maybe the biggest individual shot of the game, when William and Mary made a run and they went zone, and (sophomore guard) Coletrane Washington stepped up and hit a big three for us."

Drexel's defense has been tight as of late. In fact, the Dragons are tops in the CAA in scoring defense in conference games, allowing just 65 points a night to CAA opponents.

Wynter (15.6 ppg), Butler (12.5 ppg) and Walton (12.5) lead the Dragons in scoring. Butler actually averages a double-double, pulling down a CAA best 12 rebounds a game as well. Wynter is tied for the CAA lead in assists with 106.

On Thursday night, the Dragons will visit a Northeastern team that is 10-9 on the season and 4-3 in the CAA. The Huskies have dropped three of their last four, but all three losses were by just two points with one defeat. The most recent one came in overtime to UNCW.

"Offensively, (Northeastern is) a very disciplined team that knows the type of shot they want to get," Spiker said. "Defensively, a team that is connected. They've had consistent success for a long time, a number of years, and they'll be ready to play."

Last season, Drexel lost both meetings with Northeastern.

Thursday night's game gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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