ELON, N.C. – Following back-to-back road games, the Elon University men’s basketball team returns to Alumni Gym for a Southern Conference matchup with the Furman Paladins on Thursday night, Jan. 17. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Elon (9-7, 2-2) vs. Furman (4-11, 1-3)
Site: Elon, N.C.
Arena (Capacity): Alumni Gym (1,607)
Series: Elon leads, 8-4
Last Meeting: November 20, 2011, at Elon – Elon won, 77-70
THE SERIES: Thursday night marks the 13th all-time meeting between Elon and Furman. The Phoenix leads the series, 8-4, having won three out of the last five meetings. The two teams first met on Feb. 2, 2003, at Elon, as the Phoenix came away with a 67-60 win. In games played in Alumni Gym, Elon has a 5-2 record versus Furman.
LAST MEETING: The two teams last met on November 20, 2011, inside Alumni Gym, as the Phoenix came away with a 77-70 victory in its Southern Conference opener. Drew Spradlin scored 20 points to lead the maroon and gold, while Ryley Beaumont hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds. The SoCon opener victory for the Phoenix was the team’s first since defeating Western Carolina in 2007.
LOOKING BACK: A 21-7 second-half run helped Elon claim an 80-67 win at Western Carolina on Jan. 14. The loss marked WCU’s first against league competition, as Lucas Troutman recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 boards. After a scoreless first half, Jack Isenbarger scored 16 in the second period to lead the Phoenix charge. Four Elon players scored in double figures in the win, as Sebastian Koch and Ryley Beaumont ended the night with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Thursday night’s game against Furman, the Phoenix remains home for a conference tilt with Wofford on Saturday night, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
APPROACHING A MILESTONE: Jack Isenbarger scored 16 points against Western Carolina on Monday night, pushing his career total to 973 points. In 104 years of Elon men’s hoops, only 34 players have reached 1,000 career points. Drew Spradlin was the last Phoenix player to reach the milestone.