Jan 8, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT
Quick turnaround time for our #CAAHoops On Campus team, as we are back in action tonight from Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va. Tonight will mark the conference opener for both the Drexel Dragons and William and Mary Tribe as each team comes into the contest with 8-5 non-conference marks.
The CAA.TV staff will be visiting all nine campuses over the next two months to provide in-depth features, post-game press conferences, highlights and much more. For a glimpse of what our team will create take a look at back our Delaware coverage last weekend right here on the blog. You can also checkout our features on Kyle Anderson and Kelsey Buchanan, posted yesterday and earlier today.
You can follow our coverage of tonight’s game in Williamsburg as well as the other two #CAAHoops contests (UNCW/Northeastern and Hofstra/Delaware) in a number of ways. We’ll post a few notes here on the blog in addition to postgame highlights and postgame comments after the game. We’ll use the @CAABasketball timeline on Twitter to provide updates from around the league. You can also follow the #CAAHoops hashtag as we know several of fans and media throughout the league will provide superb commentary. Lastly don’t forget to take a look at both our Facebook page and Instagram feed for inside looks at the Drexel/William & Mary contest.
Be sure to watch for our features with the Tribe’s women’s basketball player Kyla Kerstetter next Tuesday and William & Mary men’s basketball player Tim Rusthoven next Wednesday.
Final: Drexel cut the Tribe lead to seven at one point, but couldn’t get any closer as William & Mary grabs conference win number one, 85-73. Two of the three #CAAHoops weekly honorees were big on the night for William & Mary — Marcus Thornton had a team-high 18 to go with three assists and three rebounds, while Omar Prewitt added 15 points going 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Terry Tarpey missed a double-double by just one point for the Tribe, finishing with 10 boards and nine points. Frantz Massenat finished with a game-high 19 for the Dragons, playing nearly 40 minutes before fouling out in the game’s final minute.
7:52 left in 2nd half: Drexel is clawing its way back in this, now trailing just 66-58. The Dragons are riding the backs of their big three…Chris Fouch has 16 to lead all scorers, Tavon Allen has 14 as does Frantz Massenat. The Tribe has continued to cool from the field, shooting just 25 percent in the second half, and now 50 percent for the game.
11:40 left in 2nd half: The Tribe has cooled down a bit, now hovering around 50 percent from both the field and the arc. Kyle Gaillard has taken over the scoring lead for the Tribe with 13, including 3-of-5 from the line. Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat each have 11 for Drexel, while Tavon Allen leads the Dragons with 12. Drexel is 7-of-11 from the field in the second half, helping shave four points off the halftime difference.
Halftime: William & Mary is using an 18-for-30 effort from the field to lead Drexel, 46-30. The Tribe is not only hitting on 60 percent from the field, but it has also connected on 8-of-13 from behind the arc (62%). Brandon Britt is perfect on all four of his field goal attempts, including two from behind the arc, and leads William & Mary with 10. Drexel’s Tavon Allen is 5-of-10 from the field leading his squad with 10 points. The story of the game thus far is simple…The Tribe’s shooting, which includes 21 of 46 points coming off the bench.
3:24 left in 1st half: The Tribe is widening a lead now to 11 (33-22) using a balanced offensive attack. William & Mary has five players with 5-or-more points. Drexel has only turned it over three times, but the Tribe has tallied five off those chances. William & Mary is 5-of-9 from behind the arc, while Drexel has hit just one of it six three-point attempts.
12:48 left in 1st half: Scoring was hard to come by early here at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg. Neither team lit the scoreboard until the 17:37 mark when the Tribe’s Tim Rusthoven scored inside. At the 12:48 mark in the first half William & Mary led 14-8, as reigning #CAAHoops Rookie of the Week Omar Prewitt led all scoring with 6, going 2-for-2 from three.
Pregame: The Dragons lead the all-time series with the Tribe, 19-9, but the series is even at 7-7 when played in the Williamsburg. Each team has gone 4-4 over the last eight meetings…with each winning four-straight (Drexel most recently). The Tribe’s Marcus Thornton (Player) and Omar Prewitt (Rookie) nabbed two of three CAA Weekly Honors. Drexel’s Frantz Massenat (465) is seven assists shy of passing Bashir Mason for third all-time at Drexel.
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