Drexel loses Damion Lee for the year with an ACL injury

Damion Lee will miss the year with a torn ACL, but Drexel does have backcourt depth.(USATSI)
Damion Lee will miss the year with a torn ACL, but Drexel does have backcourt depth. (USATSI)

It seems the Drexel Dragons are snakebitten.

For the second straight season this team will not have its strong backcourt at full strength for most of its season due to injury. A year ago it was Chris Fouch who missed most of the 2012-13 slate due to an Achilles rip.

On Monday, Drexel announced Damion Lee did indeed tear his right ACL last week in Manhattan, in Drexel's loss to Arizona in the NIT semifinals. The result of the tear means Lee, a junior, will sit the entire season.

Lee led the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring last year, posting 17.1 points per game. The honor earned him Second Team in the league.

"We all feel bad for Damion and what he is going through right now," Dragons coach Bruiser Flint said in a statement. "He was going to be one of the top players in the CAA this season. We know he will work hard in his rehabilitation to be back on the court next season."

Drexel still has Fouch and Frantz Massenat, a couple of seniors who are very good. But this trio had a chance to be special and make an NCAA run, and now that's impossible, even if Drexel is able to muster a huge season without Lee in the fold. The 4-2 Dragons play at home against Cleveland State on Wednesday night.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his eighth season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics,... Full Bio

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