ELON, N.C. – Following its clinching of the Southern Conference North Division on Thursday night, the Elon University men’s basketball team plays its final regular season road game on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Phoenix faces Chattanooga. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. inside McKenzie Arena. The game will be aired live on ESPN3.
Elon (19-8, 12-3 SoCon) at Chattanooga (11-17, 6-9 SoCon)
Site: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Arena (Capacity): McKenzie Arena (10,928)
Series: Chattanooga leads, 11-10
Last Meeting: January 24, 2013, at Elon – Elon won, 85-61
THE SERIES: Saturday marks the 22nd all-time meeting between Elon and Chattanooga. The Mocs hold a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series. Elon is 4-5 against UTC in games played in Chattanooga, dropping its last two games to the Mocs inside McKenzie Arena.
LAST MEETING: Jack Isenbarger reached the 1,000-point milestone and helped Elon to an 85-61 win over Chattanooga on Jan. 24 at Alumni Gym. Isenbarger scored a game-high 23 points after connecting on six three-pointers in the second period to lead the Phoenix to victory. Elon shot 49 percent from the field and led from the 16:41 mark of the first half onward to secure the win, its fourth straight at the time.
NORTH DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Elon clinched the Southern Conference North Division title with last-second 63-62 win at Samford on Thursday, Feb. 21. The division crown marks Elon’s first since the 2005-06 season.
LOOKING BACK: On Thursday, Elon clinched the North Division with a 63-62 win at Samford. Ryley Beaumont scored the go-ahead basket on a backdoor cut with 8.2 seconds left on the clock to put Elon ahead by one. Samford’s Raijon Kelly’s potential game-winner rimmed out as time expired, giving Elon its first ever win at Samford. Beaumont ended the night with 14 points and a career-high 14 boards.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Saturday’s game at UTC, the Phoenix returns home for a Wednesday night contest against South Division leader Davidson inside Alumni Gym.
BEAUMONT HONORED: Ryley Beaumont was tabbed the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Beaumont led the Phoenix to wins over Appalachian State and Western Carolina last week, averaging 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds during the two-game stretch. Beaumont also shot 63 percent from the field for the maroon and gold. The weekly league accolade marks the first for Beaumont. Lucas Troutman has picked up the honor twice already this season.
BLOCK PARTY: Lucas Troutman became Elon’s all-time leader in blocked shots on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Western Carolina. The Belton, S.C., native registered four blocks to pass Eric Hairston for first on Elon’s all-time chart. Troutman now has 145 blocks in his career. He leads the Southern Conference with 55 (2.2 per game) blocks this season, which ties him with Joel Sargent for the most in a single season in school history.
ROAD TO ASHEVILLE: The 2013 Southern Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 8-11, 2013, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. Elon has locked up at the very least the No. 2 seed in the tournament by clinching the North Division title. Davidson (15-1 in the SoCon) would earn the No. 1 overall seed if the tournament started today.