Chris Fouch, the explosive redshirt freshman who had averaged 17.4 points a game in Drexel's seven prior games, was where he usually is at tip-off time.
On the bench.
For the first time this season, though, the sweet-shooting guard was wearing street clothes instead of his blue-and-gold Drexel uniform. As expected, Fouch sat out yesterday's 68-60 win over Delaware in a hard-fought Colonial Athletic Association game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center because of a separated left shoulder.
Afterward, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint could not rule out the possibility that Fouch is finished for the season.
"We're rehabbing him to see if he can come back," Flint said after the Dragons (15-12, 10-5 CAA) stayed in the chase for a first-round bye in the league tourney. "He won't play the next game. That would be a miracle. We're hoping this is not the end of the season for him. There's a chance it could be."
Last week, Fouch became the first Dragon to be selected both CAA co-player of the week and rookie of the week, quite an accomplishment for a sixth man. During his recent scoring binge - he is second on the team with a 10.7-point average - Drexel went 5-2, and all of its wins were lopsided.
Without the Bronx native, the Dragons will have to do more scratching and clawing for wins, as they did yesterday against struggling Delaware (7-19, 3-12), a longtime rival that came from behind to knock off Drexel in their first meeting this season.
"This was more of a Drexel game, where it was ugly and we grinded it out," Flint said. "That's how we played before he [Fouch] started getting on a streak.
"You can't feel sorry for yourself," he added, alluding to the loss of Fouch. "You can't sit in there and say, 'Well, if Chris was here' - you'll never win a game that way."
Sticky defense and two big second-half baskets by Kevin Phillip off the bench were critical for Drexel. The Dragons led, 52-50, when Phillip scored on a dunk off a fastbreak. But Phillip's biggest basket came with 1 minute, 3 seconds remaining, when his putback gave Drexel a 63-58 lead.
Delaware missed 13 consecutive shots after pulling to within 52-50.
A key for Drexel was point guard Jamie Harris, who guarded Blue Hens standout Jawan Carter, a transfer from St. Joseph's. Carter needed 13 shots to score 14 points. He went into the game averaging 18.5 points.