ELON, N.C. — Sitting in the top spot in the Southern Conference North Division, the Elon men’s basketball team is looking for its fourth consecutive victory in Alumni Gym when league rival Appalachian State visits Robertson Court on Monday evening. The game will be the Phoenix’s third in five days after victories against College of Charleston and The Citadel. Elon Athletics has designated the evening as Fan Appreciation Night — student-athletes and athletic administrators will be in the crowd all night giving away gifts and prizes to all those who have supported Elon athletic teams throughout the year.
Site: Elon, N.C.
Arena: Alumni Gym
Series: Appalachian State leads, 50-42
Streak: Appalachian State has won seven
Radio: WPCM 920 AM — Taylor Durham and Dick Stewart will call the action
• The Phoenix has won four of its last five contests and now holds a half-game lead over UNCG for first place in the North Division.
• With its victory on Saturday over The Citadel, Elon matched its SoCon win total for all of the 2010-11 season with seven victories. Eight SoCon wins would be the most since a nine-win season in 2007-08.
• Elon is 8-3 at Alumni Gym this year and has won its last three on Robertson Court.
• Elon is 9-1 when scoring 70 or more points and 3-9 when scoring 69 or less points.
• Elon is 4-1 in its last five games. In the four wins, Elon starters scored 299 of the 329 total points.
• Sophomore guard Jack Isenbarger has been a starter the last six games — as a starter he is averaging 23.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg while shooting 51.9 percent from the field. Isenbarger has hit 25 three-pointers over the last six games after hitting only five in the previous five contests.
• Elon has held opponents to under 40 percent shooting in nine of 12 wins this year — but opponents have shot 40 percent or better in all but one of the 10 losses.
• The Phoenix ranks second in the SoCon in field goal percentage defense (.414).
• Lucas Troutman moved into Elon’s all-time career blocks list with two swats against South Carolina. He is averaging 1.5 bpg, second in the league. The sophomore now has 79 blocks and is in seventh place all-time at Elon.
• The Phoenix has shot better than its opponent in 11 of its 12 wins this year.
LAST TIME OUT
• Behind a career-high 34 points from Jack Isenbarger, the Phoenix won its fourth straight against The Citadel with a 71-66 victory on Saturday night.
• Isenbarger knocked down 11-of-16, hitting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. The guard also had five rebounds and four assists.
• Sophomore forward Lucas Troutman followed up a 26-point outing on Thursday night with 14 points and eight rebounds. Elon got 68 of its 71 points from its starting lineup.
• Elon trailed by one at the break, 32-31, but two early triples by Isenbarger helped give the Phoenix a second-half lead it would never relinquish. The Phoenix outrebounded The Citadel — just the fifth time this year that Elon has won the board battle.
ELON VS. APPALACHIAN STATE
• The Phoenix gave up 52 second-half points to the Mountaineers in the first meeting of the year, a three-point halftime deficit becoming an 81-66 loss.
• Elon is looking for its first victory over App State since Feb. 14, 2008, having dropped the last seven contests to the Mountaineers. Elon’s last win over ASU was a 76-70 win on Feb. 14, 2008.
• There will be a familiar face on the Mountaineer bench as former Elon assistant coach Justin Gainey is an assistant coach for ASU.