PHILADELPHIA– It wasn’t much of a contest, if at all at the DAC on Wednesday night as Drexel dismantled D-III Bryn Athyn College 118-41.
After losing their first two games to Eastern Michigan & Rutgers, Drexel bounced back with a win tonight, though over an much inferior opponent, the Dragons won this game by a whopping 77 points.
When asked postgame, Drexel head coach Zach Spiker only had one short and sweet explanation as to why his team was so dominant tonight.
“We made open looks.” Spiker said.
It would be a combination of two things really. Making their open looks from deep and size advantage.
As a team, Drexel went 15-29 (51.7 percent) from downtown and 43-64 from the field (67.2 percent).
Grad transfer guard Trevor John had the hot hand from deep, going 8-10 from beyond the arc and scoring 26 points in the process. He was one away from tying the school record for three-pointers in a game.
“He’s more than a shooter,” Spiker said. “He has an ability to break a zone if they want to run a zone on us and he can make open shots.”
Redshirt Sophomore forward James Butler had a productive day tat the office, going 6-6 and scoring 14 points while hauling in seven rebounds.
The other advantage the Dragons had over Bryn Athyn was size as Bryn Athyn’s tallest player only stood at 6-foot-4.
“We’re trying to double the post and their guys just see right over it,” Bryn Athyn head coach Justin Baxter said. “We’re trying to be on top of the post and throw it over the top, we got 6-foot-1 and 5-foot-9 guys coming on the weak side, they just catch it, we can be there and it’s not going to matter so we got to try and figure out how we’re going to guard that post area because it was pretty easy for them tonight.”
Alongside John’s 26, Butler’s 14, five other Dragons scored in double-figures tonight. Jarvis Doles and Zach Walton each had 15 points, Alihan Demir, Tadas Kararinas and Kevin Doi all had 11 points.
Drexel star point guard Kurk Lee did not play in the Dragons game as he sat out with an upper body injury.
In regards to his status for their game at La Salle on 4:00 on Saturday, Spiker said he’s hopeful that he’ll play.
Saturday’s game for the Dragons against La Salle is huge considering both teams are reeling as of now. La Salle enters the game 0-3 and Drexel enters the game 1-2, though the win coming against a D-III team.
“I think you got to set a tone and a mood right now in the non-conference to come in and compete and get better,” Spiker said. “We got a couple days of preparation so we’re ready for it.”
“It’s a gold jersey game so I think that speaks for itself.”