Flint says Drexel city's best after 8th straight win

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Flint says Drexel city's best after 8th straight win

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In a city jammed with terrific basketball teams and historic programs, college No. 6 is making a case for itself as every bit as talented and every bit as dangerous as the long-time members of the Big 5.

Welcome to Drexel, which has quietly won 14 of its last 15 games and improved to 16-5 Wednesday night with a 68-46 dismantling at the Daskalakis Center of a very good Georgia State team that arrived at 34th and Market with a 14-5 record.

You cant blame Drexel coach Bruiser Flint if hes got a little bit of a complex about the way his team is perceived.

In a city where Temple, La Salle, St. Joes, Penn and Villanova are a combined 62-39, Drexel has lost once since the first week of December.

I think were the best team in Philly, Flint said after Drexel won its eighth straight game. I think we can beat anybody in the city, and Im not just saying that. I think we can do it.

And honestly? If you ask them guys? I think without hesitation theyll say (the same thing). I think we can beat all those teams. I think weve proven it. When we have good teams, we can beat teams in the city. I think thats been proven.

Drexel lost its only game this year against a Big 5 school -- by 13 to St. Joes in November. But the Dragons were banged up early in the year and still finding their way.

Over the past six years, Drexel is 9-5 against Big 5 schools, including wins over Villanova, Temple and St. Joes in 2007.

Right now? Flint will put his group against anybody in the city.

I get the whole Drexel-Philly thing, said Flint, the former St. Joes star now in his 11th year at Drexel. Weve always got to make everybody believe, because nobody thinks we should be as good as the other teams in the city.

I get that. But I get (mad) because I dont think people have been watching. Because our conference is just as good as the Atlantic 10. And in order for us to be a good team in the (Colonial Athletic Association), then we should be able to beat the other teams in the city.

And thats the thing that probably (ticks) me off more than anything else. OK? How can you look at us and say they were picked to win their conference, and theyre doing well, and theyre (considered inferior to) teams that are picked in the middle of the pack in their conference. So thats the thing for me. What are you looking at?

And we havent just started. Weve actually been pretty good against the city teams the last five or six years against them. But you know. Its just fuel for the fire a little bit. I like that. And I respect all the Philly schools. You know that. theyve got great coaches, got great players, but I get it.

Drexel wins with tremendous defense and balanced offense. Georgia State ran off to a 14-8 lead Wednesday before Drexel held them to just four baskets over the next 20 minutes. From a 25-22 lead with 4 12 minutes left in the first half, Drexel went on a 26-5 run over the next 12 minutes to turn a close game into a laugher.

They were doing a lot of talking before the game, sophomore guard Frantz Massenat said. At halftime, we got together and said, OK, this ends now. ... From the start, we wanted to blow them out.

Drexel improved to 8-2 in the CAA -- one game behind a George Mason team the Dragons have already beaten -- and Georgia State dropped to 6-4 in the conference and 14-7 overall. The final score was a 38-point turnaround from States 14-point win over Drexel in Atlanta on Jan. 2 -- Drexels only loss in the last seven weeks.

The 22-point loss was Georgia States worst since a 28-point loss to Virginia Commonwealth (69-41) late in the 2008-2009 season.

Drexel beat us in every phase of the game, coach Ron Hunter said. They were just a better ballclub than us tonight. We beat em at our place with defense, but our defense didnt show up tonight.

The Panthers made just 17 of 51 shots and were 2-for-11 from three-point range against the best three-point defense in Division 1. They missed their first 10 shots of the second half and didnt score from the floor until 9:38 was left in the game.

This was a pretty good team Drexel demolished. The Panthers had won 14 of their last 17.

Not Wednesday night.

Theyve been playing so well and winning a lot of games, Massenat said. For us to show we can beat them the way we did tonight, I think we did make a statement.

Chris Fouch led Drexels typically balanced attack with 15 points; Massenat added 13 points, six assists and three steals; Samme Givens contributed 12 points, 10 boards and three blocks and Dartaye Ruffin came off the bench to add nine points and eight rebounds.

Georgia States five starters made just five of 32 shots. Reserve Jihad Ali led the Panthers with 17 points.

Next up for Drexel is Delaware, which beat the Dragons by 11 in Newark back in early December.

Weve played well, Flint said. We have. Weve been playing good defense, weve got a balanced team. We got big guys, we got guards. Now, weve got to keep it up.
E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com

Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

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Baylor to fire football coach Briles, re-assign president

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University's board of regents said Thursday that it will fire football coach Art Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr amid questions over the school's handling of sexual assault complaints against players.

The nation's largest Baptist university said in a statement Thursday that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor.

The university also placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation.

Baylor asked a law firm last year to conduct a review of its handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the football program mishandled several cases of players attacking women.

The university's statement said the review revealed "a fundamental failure."

Baylor has faced increasing criticism in recent months for its handling of reports of rape and other violent incidents involving football players and students. One victim has sued the university, saying it was deliberately indifferent to her allegations against a former player who was eventually convicted of sexually assaulting her.

Starr ordered an investigation last year but has been mostly silent amid mounting criticism over the school's handling of the complaints, which erupted under his leadership. He took over as the university's president in 2010, about a decade after the former prosecutor investigated former President Clinton's sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewisnky.

The football team, whose players were at the center of the upheaval, enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles' tenure, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. That success brought a financial windfall, and in 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium. But Briles' program has also been criticized for recruiting or accepting transfer players without regard to the harm they might cause fellow students.

Starr rode the waves of the program's success, and often ran on the football field with Baylor students in pregame ceremonies. But as investigations began into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against players, Starr provided only brief comments, even as criticism of the school mounted.

In a February statement issued by university, Starr said "our hearts break for those whose lives are impacted by execrable acts of sexual violence." And at a prayer breakfast last month, Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."

Baylor's Board of Regents was recently briefed by a law firm hired to investigate how the school responded to assault incidents, and the school on Thursday released a summary of its findings. Starr initiated the review in 2015, after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Ukwuachu, who was convicted in 2015, transferred to Baylor after he was dismissed from Boise State. Ukwuachu's former girlfriend testified during his rape trial in Texas that he had struck and choked her when he attended Boise State.

Ukwuachu's former coach, Chris Peterson, now the coach at Washington, said he "thoroughly apprised" Briles about the circumstances of Ukuwachu's dismissal. Briles disputed that account, saying he talked with Peterson and there was no mention of the incident.

The school is also facing a federal lawsuit from a former student claiming the school was "deliberately indifferent" to rape allegations levied at a former football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted in 2014 of sexually assaulting the woman.

The uproar following Ukwuachu's conviction caused Baylor to initiate the review by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, and to announce a $5 million effort to improve efforts on how it responds to sexual assault, including adding another investigator and more staff.

But the Ukwuachu case was just the start of months of revelations of football players being involved in violent incidents with little or no repercussions. At least seven other woman have publicly come forward to say the school ignored their sexual assault allegations.

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Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova

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Josh Hart discusses NBA draft process, returning to Villanova

Josh Hart said the decision wasn’t easy.

But he’s happy with it.

After withdrawing his name from the NBA draft to return to school (see story), Hart is excited to focus on Villanova, graduation and then the NBA dream.

“I love the school, I love the teachers, the student body, the support, my teammates that we have coming back,” the 6-foot-5 guard said Wednesday on Comcast SportsNet’s Philly Sports Talk. “So it was a tough one and I just thought at the end of the day, I think going back for my senior year would be in the best interest of my parents and myself.”

As a junior, Hart helped Villanova win its second national championship in program history by leading the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

Hart received plenty of feedback from NBA teams. He said shooting and ball handling are what he hopes to improve.

As far as his draft stock …

“There were teams interested maybe in the first [round], and then there were teams that said they would take me in the second,” Hart said. “But there’s a whole month before the draft, a lot of teams didn’t know exactly what they were doing with their picks — whether they were trying to trade up for a pick, trying to trade down, trying to trade a pick for a player. Several teams said that they would take me.”

For more from Hart on the draft and Villanova, watch the video above.

Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

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Delaware hires Martin Ingelsby as new head basketball coach

Delaware has its new head basketball coach in Martin Ingelsby.

Ingelsby, a native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, comes from Notre Dame, where he played from 1997-2001 and coached for 13 seasons, seven as an assistant.

Ingelsby played his high school ball at Archbishop Carroll and is the son of Tom Ingelsby, who played for Villanova from 1970-73.

Delaware is coming off a 7-23 season and 2-16 mark in CAA play, which led to the firing of head coach Monte Ross.

The Blue Hens, who announced the hire Tuesday, will formally introduce Ingelsby in a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bob Carpenter Center Auditorium.