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Sad Ending To A Good Night

Nov 20, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

Drexel's Chris Fouch

Monday had all the makings of a good night in CAA men’s basketball.

Towson completed a 3-1 performance in the Comfort Suites Invitational by cruising past Cincinnati Christian, 79-40. The Tigers improved to 3-2 to start the season for the first time since 2008-09.

Georgia State used a dominant defensive effort to win its home opener 62-49 over Monmouth. Junior Devonta White tallied double figures for the fifth straight game with 16 points and senior James Vincent tied a school record with nine blocked shots.

George Mason earned a third-place finish at the Paradise Jam by beating Quinnipiac, 62-49. Junior guard Sherrod Wright capped an outstanding tournament by scoring a team-high 14 points.

James Madison rallied to force overtime at Duquesne before falling 90-88 when a 3-pointer went off the rim at the buzzer. Senior Rayshawn Goins was dominant once again with team-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Andre Nation added 19 points off the bench.

Then came the news that Drexel senior guard Chris Fouch had suffered a broken right ankle in the Dragons’ loss to Penn last Saturday and would be out for the year.

Fouch was off to an excellent start this season, averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game. He led Drexel with 24 points in a season-opening setback at Kent State and had tallied double digits in all three games this season. Fouch was leading the CAA with 12 three-pointers in three games while shooting 48% from beyond the arc.

All signs were pointing to a big year from a player who endured more than his share of ups and downs in his Drexel career. He suffered a knee injury prior to his freshman season in 2008-09 that forced him to sit out the year. When he got a chance to make his debut in 2009-10, Fouch averaged 11.3 ppg, knocked down 64 three-pointers and became the first Drexel player to be honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year.

His success continued in 2010-11 as he poured in a team-best 14.9 ppg and earned third-team All-CAA accolades. Last season, more knee problems caused him to miss the Dragons’ first four games. He slowly regained his form and scored double figures in eight of the team’s final nine contests as Drexel captured the CAA regular-season title and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.

Fouch currently ranks seventh on Drexel’s all-time 3-pointers list with 203 and is 20th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,194 points.

We wish him the best for a successful and speedy recovery and hope there is another comeback for him on the horizon.

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