ELON, N.C. – Winners of its last four games and tied for first place in the Southern Conference North Division, the Elon University men’s basketball team shuffles off Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a cross-divisional matchup with The Citadel. Tip is set for 2:05 p.m. at McAlister Field House.
Elon (12-7, 5-2 SoCon) at The Citadel (4-14, 1-7 SoCon)
Site: Charleston, S.C.
Arena (Capacity): McAlister Field House (6,000)
Series: Elon leads, 12-4
Last Meeting: February 4, 2012, at Elon – Elon won, 71-66
THE SERIES: Saturday marks the 17th all-time meeting between Elon and The Citadel. The Phoenix leads the series, 12-4. Eleven of Elon’s 12 wins over the Bulldogs have come as member of the Southern Conference. The Phoenix has come away victorious in the last four meetings between the two schools. In games played in Charleston, Elon has a 5-3 record.
LAST MEETING: Elon and The Citadel last met on February 4, 2012, inside Alumni Gym, as the Phoenix came away with a 71-66 win behind Jack Isenbarger’s career-high 34 points. Isenbarger still stands as the last Phoenix player to score 30+ points in a game. The win over the Bulldogs moved Elon into a tie for first place in the Southern Conference North Division. Elon shot 44 percent from the field in the win, its second victory over the Bulldogs last season.
AIN’T LIFE GRAND: Jack Isenbarger became just the 35th player in Elon men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points on Thursday night against Chattanooga. The Zionsville, Ind., native is the first Phoenix player to reach the milestone since his former teammate Drew Spradlin did so. Isenbarger began the night tied with Spradlin for fourth on Elon’s all-time three-point chart, but now sits alone in fourth place after hitting seven triples against UTC and bringing his career total to 187.
APPROACHING A MILESTONE: Lucas Troutman is looking to become the second player this season and 36th in Elon history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The Belton, S.C., native enters Saturday’s game with 962 career points. Jack Isenbarger tallied his 1,000th career point on Jan. 24 vs. Chattanooga.
CAREER VICTORY 50: Elon head coach Matt Matheny notched career-win No. 50 on Jan. 24, as the Phoenix claimed an 85-61 blowout victory over the Chattanooga Mocs inside Alumni Gym.
SUITS AND SNEAKERS: From January 25-27 more than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States will be making much more than just a fashion statement when they sport tennis shoes with their suits during the 10th annual Suits and Sneakers weekend. Suits and Sneakers weekend is an annual event coordinated by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers basketball and other athletic coaches to save lives from cancer by leveraging their community leadership to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.