Two games into the season and the updated defensive foul rules are already playing a large role in the outcome of Drexel's games. For a second straight night, Drexel's top big man Rodney Williams was plagued by foul trouble and saw a limited amount of action (19 minutes). The Dragons had a poor showing from the free throw line (14 of 28) and committed nearly double the turnovers they were able to create on the defensive end (17 vs. 9). There was one bright spot for the Dragons: senior guard Tavon Allen was on fire for much of the night, hitting the first six of his three point attempts en route to twenty-one points off the bench.
Senior Kazembe Abif displayed his vintage style of play with an efficient night of ten points on 5-5 shooting from the floor. The forward missed all three of his free throw attempts but did add a team leading eight rebounds. The Dragons struggled to contain High Point's John Brown who was able to use his speed to get by a number of the Drexel defenders. Brown had a much tougher time facing off with Williams, but his foul trouble limited his impact. All told another absurd amount of fouls (26 for Drexel, 24 for High Point) were called on the night. The updated rules, apparently intended to increase offensive production, have done nothing but slow games down (the game ended sometime around midnight, I think) and put teams in foul trouble early and often. Luckily, this year, the Dragons seem to have enough front court depth to spread the foul trouble around a bit.
Drexel will be back in action in what is now a doubleheader at the DAC on Saturday afternoon. The men will take on Monmouth at 2pm and the women's team will finish up the WNIT schedule against St. Bonaventure. Come on out and enjoy some free throws.