Elon Men’s Basketball Begins Three-Game Road Swing Wednesday at UNCG

Posted by Press Release on February 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – Winners of five straight, the Elon men’s basketball team begins a three-game road swing on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, at the Greensboro Coliseum against the UNCG Spartans. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

ELON VS. UNCG: Wednesday night marks the 37th all-time meeting between Elon and UNCG, who met just on Feb. 6 at Elon. Elon leads the all-time series 23-13 and has won nine straight against the Spartans. Elon is 15-6 against UNCG inside Alumni Gym and 8-7 in games played away from Alumni Gym. Matt Matheny is 9-1 against UNCG during his career at Elon. Elon’s last loss to UNCG was Jan. 28, 2010, at the Greensboro Coliseum when the Spartans claimed a 62-55 win.

GOING STREAKING: Elon’s current five game winning streak is the longest this season and longest since the team won seven in a row last year. The longest winning streak in Elon history is 14 games (1939-40 season). The longest winning streak during Elon’s Division I era is eight games (2005-06 season).

LOOKING BACK: Elon claimed an 86-69 win over Samford on Feb. 15 in Alumni Gym, putting five players in double figures. Lucas Troutman recorded his eighth career double-double with 16 points and 10 boards to pace the Phoenix.

LOOKING AHEAD: Following Saturday’s game against Samford, Elon heads to the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 19, to face UNCG.

HOME COOKING: Over the last three years, Elon has a 33-9 record inside the friendly confines of Alumni Gym. Elon has sold out Alumni Gym 12 times under head coach Matt Matheny, with its most recent sellout coming on Feb. 15 versus Samford. Elon is 11-2 at home this year and has won 18-of-21 inside Alumni Gym. Against league foes, Elon is 19-5 over the last three years.

THE CORE FOUR: Elon joined North Dakota State as the only school in the nation with four 1,000-point scorers on its current team on Thursday, Feb. 6, when Ryley Beaumont reached the career milestone. Beaumont (1,035 points) joined teammates Lucas Troutman (1,538 points), Jack Isenbarger (1,384 points) and Sebastian Koch (1,086) in the 1,000-point club.

STAY CLASSY: This year’s senior class of Ryley Beaumont, Egheosa Edomwonyi, Jack Isenbarger, Sebastian Koch and Lucas Troutman has totaled 65 wins during its tenure at Elon, which is the most by a class during the school’s Division I era. The 1974 class, led by Clarence “Diffy” Ross, holds the all-time record for wins by a senior class with 85. The class of 1974 played with a total of eight players that have scored 1,000 or more points in their career at Elon.

TROUTMAN DUNKS: Lucas Troutman has tallied a total of 23 dunks this season. When Troutman dunks, Elon is 11-7. When Troutman does not dunk, Elon is 3-4. Troutman has registered a total of four multi-dunk games, including a season-high three at Chattanooga on Jan. 23. Troutman has dunked 10 times in his last nine games.

ELON IN SOCON PLAY: The Phoenix is in its 11th season as a member of the Southern Conference. Elon is 90-96 (including tournament action) against current members of the Southern Conference since the 2003-04 campaign. Elon went 13-5 against league foes during the regular season last year, winning the SoCon North Division title. Matt Matheny has a 42-41 record in SoCon play.

FROM LONG RANGE: Elon currently leads the Southern Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 38 percent and threes made with 218. Sebastian Koch (72) and Tanner Samson (67) rank first and fourth in the league in threes made, respectively. The long-distance duo ranks third and fourth in the league in three-point field goal percentage, respectively.

BLOCK PARTY: With three blocks against Samford on Feb. 15, Lucas Troutman extended his program-best career mark to 200 blocks. Troutman set Elon’s all-time blocks record last season and ranks seventh all-time in Southern Conference history in blocks and needs three to pass former VMI player Lewis Preston (1990-93) for sixth in league history. Troutman is the conference’s active leader in career blocks.

TRACKING THE THREES: Jack Isenbarger enters Wednesday’s game with 253 career three-pointers made, which ranks second all-time in Elon history behind Chris Kiger’s (1994-98) career mark of 259. Isenbarger is the Southern Conference’s active leader in career triples. Sebastian Koch ranks third all-time in career threes with 236.

HEAD COACH MATT MATHENY: Matt Matheny is in his fifth season as the Elon head men’s basketball coach. The 2013 Southern Conference Coach of the Year by the media, Matheny enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 74-79. Matheny was a finalist for CollegeInsider.com’s Hugh Durham Award last season, which honors the nation’s top mid-major coach.

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