Elon Men’s Basketball Set to Host Battle 4 Atlantis Regional Tournament

Posted by Press Release on November 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s basketball team is set to host the Battle 4 Atlantis Regional Tournament on Thanksgiving week, Nov. 26-27, in Alumni Gym. The Phoenix open the mainland portion of the tournament on Thursday against Mount St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. and will face either Furman or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday night at 7 p.m.

All games for the tournament will be video streamed on Phoenix All-Access. You can access links to live video for all games on the schedule by clicking HERE.

You can listen to the game live on WSML 104.5 FM/1200 AM with Taylor Durham and John Roddey on the call on the Elon IMG Sports Network. Pre-game coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

After hosting the Battle 4 Atlantis subregional tournament this week, Elon will have hosted an early season major tournament for the third time in the last four years. The two others include the NIT Season Tip-Off in 2013-14 and the Maui Invitational in 2012-13.

The main Battle 4 Atlantis tournament is held during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 25-27, in Paradise Island, Bahamas in the Imperial Arena. The teams participating in the main tournament include Elon 2015 season opponents Syracuse and Michigan, with the addition of UConn, Texas, Gonzaga, Washington, Texas A&M, and Charlotte. The subregional tournament hosted by Elon includes teams that participated in the mainland games before the main tournament began.

Samson is currently 18 points away from becoming Elon’s 39th 1,000-point scorer with 982 after scoring 18 points in an 84-57 home opening victory over Belmont Abbey on Wednesday. He began the season with 942 career points.

Freshman Dainan Swoope was named CAA Rookie of the Week, Nov. 23, after averaging 12.7 points in three games against No. 24 Michigan, Belmont Abbey and Syracuse. Swoope was the leading scorer for the Phoenix against both a ranked Michigan team and Syracuse on the road in the Battle 4 Atlantis mainland games. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game, and leads Elon with 12 made treys this season.

Now in his seventh season with the Phoenix, coach Matheny earned his 94th career win at Elon against Belmont Abbey on Nov. 18 and is now in sole possession of seventh on the all-time coaching wins list in program history ahead of Horace Hendrickson (1937-42). He is just seven wins away from tying William Morningstar (1979-86) who is sixth all-time with 101 career victories. Mark Simons (1993-2003) is currently fifth all-time with 109 victories.

Elon’s freshmen have made an impact to start the 2015-16 season scoring just over 36 percent of Phoenix points to start the year. 106 of the team’s 292 points have been scored by a freshmen, which include 49 from Dainan Swoope, 27 from Steven Santa Ana, Tyler Seibring has tabbed 25 and Karolis Kundrotas has scored five. Sheldon Eberhardt has not tallied a point for the Phoenix this season.

The Elon men’s basketball program has made at least one three-point field goal in 298 consecutive games (not including exhibition games). The last time Elon did not make a three in a game was Jan. 30, 2006, at Georgia Southern when the team went 0-of-14 from deep.

Following the Battle 4 Atlantis Subregional Tournament, the Phoenix end the month of November hosting Kennesaw State in Alumni Gym on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Elon will then hit the road on Friday, Dec. 4, to face off against Florida International (FIU) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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