His ribs were sore, and his heart was broken, but Drexel sixth-year senior guard Chris Fouch could still appreciate a stellar performance that capped a magnificent career.

Fouch scored a game-high 30 points in Drexel's 90-81 loss to Northeastern in a Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal at the Baltimore Arena. With Drexel down by 17 points early in the second half, Fouch went on a torrid stretch. Actually, it lasted the entire second half, when he scored 26 of his 30 points.

Fouch took an inadvertent shot to the ribs late in the game, and while he admitted to being sore afterward, the pain didn't compare to the kick in the gut he felt from losing his final game.

"I wanted to win this game so badly," said Fouch, who was one point shy of tying his career high.

Still, despite the disappointment, Fouch could still reflect on a career in which he scored 1,744 points.

"I came to college as a 17-year-old boy and left as a 23-year-old man," he said. "Through all the ups and downs I wouldn't do it any other way."

Final games are always emotional, and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said that this senior class - which included two other starters, first-team all-CAA point guard Frantz Massenat and 6-foot-8 forward Dartaye Ruffin - was special. The other seniors were forward Goran Pantovic, who played well against Northeastern in a reserve role before fouling out, and guards Jake Lerner and Stevan Manojlovic.

"One of the things I will miss about this team is they were good team guys, great off the court," said Flint, whose team finished 16-14.

Flint, a former point guard, has a special affinity for Massenat and Fouch, one of the top guard combinations in school history.

"They were just good kids, and you loved being around them," he said. "That is why I was disappointed to have those two guys go out like that, and Dartaye and all my seniors go out like this."