ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s basketball team plays its second straight Southern Conference road game on Monday night, Jan. 14, as the Phoenix looks to knock off league-unbeaten Western Carolina at 7 p.m. inside the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C.
THE SERIES: Monday night marks the 92nd all-time meeting between Elon and Western Carolina. The Phoenix leads the series, 52-39. Since joining the Southern Conference, Elon is 8-12 against WCU. Since 1955, Elon has a 5-10 record against Western Carolina in games played in Cullowhee. The Phoenix has won three games versus the Catamounts in its last 10 meetings.
LAST MEETING: Western Carolina escaped Elon with a 78-76 overtime win on February 12, 2012, inside Alumni Gym. Elon dominated the glass and shot better than 50 percent from the field but only managed 11-of-22 from the free throw line, as the Catamounts overcame a double-figure deficit in the league win. Jack Isenbarger led the Phoenix with 22 points, while Lucas Troutman and Ryley Beaumont both recorded double-doubles.
LOOKING BACK: In its first Southern Conference contest since Dec. 1, the Phoenix dropped an 80-70 decision at Appalachian State on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Mountaineers managed to come back from 12 points down, tying the game at 34-all going into the half. ASU held the Phoenix in check from three-point land, as Elon knocked down a season low four shots from beyond the arc. Appalachian state went 10-of-20 from long distance.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Monday’s game at Western Carolina, Elon returns home to face Furman on Jan. 17 and Wofford on Jan. 19.
APPROACHING A MILESTONE: With nine points against Appalachian State, Jack Isenbarger inched closer to 1,000 career points. The Zionsville, Ind., native enters Monday’s game with 957 career points. In 104 years of basketball, Elon has 34 players with 1,000 career points or more.
CAREER NIGHT: Ryley Beaumont scored a career-high 26 points on Jan. 12 at Appalachian State. The Millersville, Md., native knocked down a career-best 11 shots from the field on 13 attempts, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.