BOSTON - Drexel basketball coach Bruiser Flint isn't about to get into the debate over whether or not Chris Fouch should be a starter for the Dragons.
Flint is more focused on how his sophomore guard is able to finish off games and tough opponents.
Fouch poured in a game-high 27 points, 15 coming in the second half, as the Dragons held off Northeastern, 63-58, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both clubs on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The game was the opener of the Boston Tip-Off Classic doubleheader.
Drexel (5-1, 1-0) won its third straight game overall behind Fouch, who was the conference's rookie of the year last season. He came off the bench to lead Drexel in scoring for the fifth time in six games this season, finishing 9 for 19 from the field.
"You don't really need much to get hyped for this game," Fouch said.
Northeastern (2-4, 0-1) lost its fourth straight despite tying the game twice in the second half and never trailing by more than six points. Fouch's three-pointer from the left wing with 16 minutes, 2 seconds to play gave Drexel the lead for keeps and his pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds left iced the Dragons' victory.
"He just made big shot after big shot," Northeastern coach Bill Coen said.
The Huskies were never able to nose in front despite 19 points from Chaisson Allen, a member of the CAA Preseason All-Conference first team.
Flint seemed to open the door for some lineup questions when Fouch replaced fellow guard Derrick Thomas to open the second half. Fouch played the entire 20 minutes and logged a team-high 36 in the game. Flint quickly shut that door.
"He played the most minutes in the game," Flint said in mock exasperation. "Why is everybody worried about starting?"
Flint then turned to Fouch and asked a question that drove his point home.
"Did you get enough shots?" Flint said.
"Yes, sir," Fouch replied.
"See?" Flint said, turning back to face the assembled media with a satisfied grin. "He doesn't care about starting."