ELON, N.C. – Coming off back-to-back conference wins, the Elon University men’s basketball team returns to Alumni Gym on Saturday night, Jan. 19, when the Phoenix welcomes the Wofford Terriers to campus. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Elon (10-7, 3-2 SoCon) vs. Wofford (7-11, 1-4 SoCon)
Site: Elon, N.C.
Arena (Capacity): Alumni Gym (1,607)
Series: Elon leads, 29-19
Last Meeting: February 15, 2012, at Wofford – Wofford won, 72-59
Streak: Wofford has won four straight
THE SERIES: Saturday marks the 49th all-time meeting between Elon and Wofford. The Phoenix leads the series, 29-19, but Wofford has won the last four meetings. Elon is 10-5 at home against Wofford dating back to 1956. The first meeting between the two schools took place on February 4, 1920, as Elon came away with a 28-24 victory.
LAST MEETING: Wofford went on a 24-1 run that proved insurmountable for the Phoenix on February 15, 2012, as the Terriers claimed a 72-59 win. Elon went scoreless for a nine-minute stretch in the first half and Wofford took full advantage, shooting 59 percent in the opening frame en route to the league victory. Elon outscored Wofford, 37-34, in the final 20 minutes of play, but a 16-point halftime deficit proved to be too much for the maroon and gold to overcome. Jack Isenbarger scored a team-high 17 points for Elon, while Lucas Troutman and Ryley Beaumont finished with 10 apiece.
LOOKING BACK: Josh Bonney provided a spark off the bench that proved to ignite the Phoenix to a 73-59 victory over the visiting Furman Paladins on Thursday night, Jan. 17, inside Alumni Gym. Bonney knocked down 7-of-11 from the field in 21 minutes to finish with a season-high 15 points. Lucas Troutman scored in double figures for the 16th consecutive game, finishing with a team-high 18 points. Elon closed the first half on a 20-8 run over the final 8:30 and held the Paladins at arm’s length in the second period to secure the win.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Saturday’s game vs. Wofford, Elon closes a three-game homestand on Thursday night, Jan. 24, when it welcomes Chattanooga to Alumni Gym for a 7 p.m. tip.
APPROACHING A MILESTONE: Jack Isenbarger is nearing 1,000 career points, as the junior from Zionsville, Ind., enters Saturday’s game with 978 career points. Only 34 players in Elon’s 104-year history of men’s basketball have reached the 1,000-point milestone. Drew Spradlin was the last player to do so. Lucas Troutman is not far behind at 928 career points.