It was a tough start to the season for the Drexel Dragons. The comeback fell just short as the Dragons lost to their inner-city rival the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 82-81. This game was by no means a pretty one, as both teams in the first half found themselves in the double bonus with 7:30 to go, but one bright spot in the loss was freshman guard Terrell Allen who, in his collegiate debut, finished with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, four assists and four steals. Terrell also played the most minutes of any Dragon with 36.
His first start on the road against a city rival, Terrell kept his cool and played his game. Coach James “Bruiser” Flint had many encouraging things to say about Allen and fans are getting an early glimpses of his potential.
"He's been playing well. But he's been doing this all along. He still has some things to learn, but he's playing well." Bru on Terrell Allen
— Drexel Men's Basketball (@DrexelMBB) November 14, 2015
Down by as much as 15, the Dragons fought back and were able to close the gap to within four. Saint Joe’s led the entire way and Drexel never came within a single possession until a Rashann London 3-pointer beat the buzzer at the end.
Prior to the London triple, a missed layup was the difference and the Dragons fell just short.
Terrell Allen will be an integral part of the Dragons this season as he will look to build on to his great start and expand his role on offense. Playing Allen at the point guard position will allow London to work as the off-guard and look to be a bigger scorer. It is a tough loss for the Dragons, but with a consistent offense, Drexel has the opportunity to surprise many teams.
Drexel will next face High Point University on Wednesday in their home opener and look to even their record at .500.