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Damion Lee leads Drexel past Old Dominion (VIDEO)

Drexel Old Dominion Basketball

Drexel’s Damion Lee (14) drives to the basket against Old Dominion’s DeShawn Painter (11) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUT


The season hasn’t gone as the Drexel Dragons would have hoped for, as key injuries for a team that didn’t have the deepest rotation to begin with erased their hopes of repeating as CAA regular season champions.

But in a league like the CAA a tough season can be turned around in the conference tournament, and that will be the goal for Bruiser Flint’s team when they arrive in Richmond next weekend. Drexel (12-17, 8-9) hung on to win at Old Dominion on Thursday night, 81-77, with sophomore guard Damion Lee scoring a career-high 34 points and grabbing ten rebounds to lead the way.

Unfortunately for the Monarchs (4-25, 1-17) they won’t be able to play in next week’s CAA tournament, as a conference bylaw prohibits a school leaving the conference (ODU is moving to Conference USA as their football program makes the move to the FBS level) from competing in the conference tournament.

ODU plays its final basketball game as a CAA member on Saturday afternoon at regular season champion Northeastern, and the end can’t come soon enough for the Monarchs. Blaine Taylor was relieved of his duties as head coach a couple weeks ago, and the four wins are the fewest in a season since the 1943-44 campaign.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.