Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Final Non-Conference Game of the Season Tonight

It's the last night of the non-conference schedule for the #5 Syracuse Orangemen as they welcome the Drexel Dragons to the Carrier Dome. Drexel comes in sporting an 8-1 record, with a big upset win at then #21 Louisville on December 14th by the score of 52-46. The lone blemish on their record is a 74-68 loss at the University of Rhode Island back on November 24th.

Way back in the 2006-07 campaign Drexel, out of Philadelphia, PA, came to the Carrier Dome and knocked off the Syracuse Orangemen 84-79. It was their first win over a ranked team since the mid 90s! Drexel received 6 votes in the AP Top 25 this week, and will be looking for their second victory in the Dome. The Dragons are also riding a six game winning streak.

The Dragons, out of the Colonial Conference, are lead by Chris Fouch (6'2" 170 pounds) out of New York City. Fouch averages 19.7 points per game and shoots 39.4% from long distance. His season high is 30 points against Binghamton, he shot 8 of 11 from 3-point range that night.

Drexel also has a double-double machine of their own, Samme Givens (6'5" 225 pounds) a local kid from Philly. Givens currently averages 11.8points and 11.8 rebounds per game, and has five double-doubles in nine games this season. In Drexel's last game Samme Givens had a season high 19 points and a season high 16 rebounds for the Dragons over St. Francis of Pennsylvania.

The Orangemen will be looking to finish their non-conference schedule with a perfect 12-0 record tonight, and tip off is at 7:00PM. Syracuse will be without freshman C.J. Fair, who has yet to practice since spraining his ankle in the win over Iona on Saturday night. Fab Melo who is nursing an injured calf muscle played 19 minutes on Monday night after being held to just five minutes on Saturday.

This will be Syracuse's third game in five nights. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, and as usual, check back with The Cuse Connection after the game for full recap and analysis.

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