NEW YORK (AP) Drexel coach Bruiser Flint made it clear to his team that he wasn't happy with just making an appearance in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. He thought the Dragons could win a game, or even two.
It may have taken an extra 15 minutes of basketball but they proved him right with an 85-83 victory over Alabama on Friday night in the third-place game.
"We didn't come here just to be in the tournament. To be honest with you, I was a little disappointed about Monday night and I explained that to these guys," Flint said, referring to the 64-62 semifinal loss to No. 4 Arizona in which Drexel held a 19-point lead. "Tonight, we had our ups and downs, but in the end, we talked about making plays to get over the hump. ... We pulled one out. We needed it. We got to learn some things from it, because we probably won and lost it eight times. But we were able to pull it out in the end and I got a lot of contributions from some guys that don't really play that much and if they continue to play better, that makes us a better team."