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Drexel's Flint Uses UMass Experience With Dragons

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The Philadelphia Inqurier has a story about how former UMass head coach and current Drexel head man Bruiser Flint is using some knowledge to help him with the Dragons.

"He said, 'If you can't get length, get girth,' " Flint said with a laugh as he thought about the wisdom Jack Leaman imparted.

Drexel's Flint uses UMass experience with Dragons

Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, the former Episcopal Academy and St. Joseph's star who guided Massachusetts for five seasons before coming back home to take over at Drexel, remembers some advice one of his predecessors with the Minutemen gave him.

"He said, 'If you can't get length, get girth,' " Flint said with a laugh as he thought about the wisdom Jack Leaman imparted.

Flint has done just that with his current team.

Last season, Drexel had 6-foot-5, 225-pound Samme Givens and 6-9, 270-pound Daryl McCoy to use around the basket. This season, 6-8, 240-pound freshman Dartaye Ruffin is coming off the bench to give the Dragons as physical a front line as there is in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Ruffin, who hails from Stoughton, Mass., has been named CAA rookie of the week three times. He takes averages of 22 minutes, 6.9 points, and 6.6 rebounds into Drexel's game tonight at William and Mary, which is 4-12 overall and 0-5 in the league.

Drexel is 11-4 and 3-2 after knocking off CAA preseason favorite Old Dominion at home on Thursday.

Ruffin said he was lightly recruited after averaging 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire last season.

"Drexel was my main option," Ruffin said. "I was expecting to come here and play, maybe, 15 minutes a game. So, I have exceeded my expectations a little. I know I have the ability. Coach wants me to rebound, get to loose balls, finish around the hoop, and finish from the lane."


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