BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Drexel coach Bruiser Flint sat on the radio announcer's table after his team's 66-60 loss to Fairfield yesterday and looked at the statistics sheet. He pointed out that his Dragons had outshot the Stags by 78-52, a statistic that usually results in a victory.
But Flint acknowledged that his team sank only 25 of those 78 shots, the telling story in the Dragons' defeat.
Drexel made only 32.1 percent of its shots from the field in the loss before 2,106 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
"We've just got to make some layups, bottom line," Flint said. "You can't miss every layup. They got points [because] we missed so badly; they just got the ball and went downcourt. We shot 26 more shots than them, and I didn't think we shot a lot of threes. We drove the ball to the basket, but what are you going to do?"
The Dragons missed 21 layups in the game.
Fairfield (8-3), which won its seventh straight game, built a 10-point lead in the first half. The Dragons (2-3) clawed back, but the Stags held them off. Fairfield shot 44.2 percent from the field.
Fairfield's Anthony Johnson set a career high with 16 rebounds and led all scorers with 14 points.
Drexel cut Fairfield's lead to one with 32 seconds left, but the Dragons quickly fouled Jonathan Han, who made both free throws. On the ensuing possession, Fairfield's Warren Edney intercepted Gerald Colds' pass intended for Scott Rodgers. Edney hit both free throws after a foul to ice the game.
"I think a little of that was my fault," Flint said. "I should have put them in a different situation. It was one of those plays where you didn't have to necessarily shoot the three, but to clear out a side, throw it to [a player], and have him drive. But we threw it away."
Colds finished with 12 points on 5-for-21 shooting, and Jamie Harris made 5 of 14 shots to score 11. Rodgers made 5 of 13 shots and finished with 12 points.
"We can't miss every shot, man," Flint said. "We had our opportunities today. Especially in the last 10 minutes of the game, we had three to four breakaways where we didn't come close to making the play. I told the guys, 'Look, man, at some point you've got to start making those shots.' "
Drexel will host Niagara, another Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team, at 7 on Thursday night.