ELON, N.C. — The Elon men’s basketball team will begin a three-game road stretch when it travels to New Hampshire to take on the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday, December 17. Tip time is set for noon in Leede Arena. The Phoenix is looking to extend its winning streak to five straight and come away with a road victory against an Ivy League opponent for the second time this season.
Site: Hanover, N.H.
Arena: Leede Arena
Series: First meeting
Radio: WPCM 920 AM — Taylor Durham and Dick Stewart will call the action
• With a 7-2 record, Elon is off to the best start in the last 21 years of Elon basketball. The mark is the best since Elon opened the season 14-2 in 1990-91.
• The Phoenix is on a four-game winning streak — its longest since an eight-game stretch in the 2005-06 season.
• Elon has held opponents to under 40 percent shooting in each one of its wins this year. The Phoenix ranks first in the SoCon and 14th in the country in field goal percentage defense (.363). Opponents are shooting only 27.9 percent from three-point territory — a stat that ranks second in the SoCon and 35th in the nation.
• The Phoenix has shot better than its opponent in all seven wins this year but been outrebounded in all but two of those victories.
• While Elon defends the long ball well, the Phoenix also shoots the three-point shot with accuracy. Elon ranks third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.371).
• Elon has a very well-rounded offense with five players averaging nine or more points per game. Five different players have led the Phoenix in scoring and six different players have been the top rebounder over the nine games.
• Sophomore Jack Isenbarger has caught fire recently. Returning from an early-season injury, Isenbarger is averaging 15.1 ppg and shooting over 45 percent from the field in the last four games.
• Lucas Troutman moved into Elon’s all-time career blocks list with two swats against South Carolina. The sophomore now has 62 blocks in just over a year of action and is in ninth place all-time at Elon. He is second in the SoCon with 1.7 bpg.
LAST TIME OUT
• Elon is on a four-game winning streak after a 109-67 victory against Lynchburg. The 109 points are the most the Phoenix scored in a regulation contest since 116-87 win against Averett on December 5, 1996.
• Seven players scored in double figures against Lynchburg, led by Austin Hamilton’s 16 points. The Phoenix shot 54.8 percent from the field and held the Hornets to 33.8 percent shooting.
• Elon hit 13 three-pointers in the contest and outrebounded Lynchburg, 47-39.
ELON VS. DARTMOUTH
• Elon and Dartmouth are meeting for the first time in school history.
• This is the second of three Ivy League opponents that the Phoenix will face this season. Elon pulled out a 56-55 victory over Princeton on Nov. 22 and Columbia visits Alumni Gym on Jan. 8.
• Elon is 2-4 versus current Ivy League opponents — the Phoenix got its first-ever win over an Ivy school on a buzzer-beater victory against Columbia last January.