ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s basketball team plays its second of back-to-back road games on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, when the Phoenix takes on the Georgetown Hoyas. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game will broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Pete Gillen (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter) on the call.
Elon fans and alumni in DC are invited to attend a pre-game social at 5 p.m. at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, located at 707 7th St. NW.
ELON VS. GEORGETOWN: Tuesday night marks the second all-time meeting between Elon and Georgetown. The Hoyas won the previous meeting on Dec. 13, 2003, 91-70, in DC.
ELON VS. THE BIG EAST: Going into Tuesday’s game at Georgetown, Elon has an all-time record of 0-7 against BIG EAST foes. Elon’s most recent game against a BIG EAST team was last season against Butler in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Elon’s record against current BIG EAST members is: Butler (0-2), DePaul (0-1), Georgetown (0-2), Marquette (0-1), Xavier (0-1).
GEORGETOWN CONNECTIONS: Elon has two players that grew up less than 30 miles from Georgetown’s campus. Ryley Beaumont’s hometown of Millersville, Md., is approximately 29.1 miles outside of Georgetown, while Austin Hamilton’s hometown of Herndon, Va., is 22.6 miles away.
FROM LONG RANGE: Elon currently leads the Southern Conference in three-point field goal percentage at 43.6 percent and threes made with 95. Tanner Samson (34) and Sebastian Koch (32) rank first and second in the league in threes made, while Austin Hamilton leads the league in three-point field goal percentage at 55 percent.
CAREER NIGHT: Sebastian Koch scored a career-high 27 points at 21st-ranked Colorado on Dec. 13. Koch’s 27 points mark the most by an Elon player since Jack Isenbarger’s 34-point performance against The Citadel on Feb. 4, 2012.
MILESTONE WATCH: Both Sebastian Koch (884 points) and Ryley Beaumont (863 points) are in line to be the next Elon players to reach 1,000 career points. Elon currently has two players with over 1,000 career points in Lucas Troutman (1,296) and Jack Isenbarger (1,217). Troutman recently passed Ed Juratic for 16th all-time in school history in scoring and needs 10 points to pass Brett James for 15th place.
BLOCK PARTY: With one blocked shot against VMI on Dec. 3, Lucas Troutman extended his program-best career mark to 171 blocks. Troutman set Elon’s all-time blocks record last season and is 14 blocks shy of passing VMI’s Eric Mann (1997-01) for 10th all-time in Southern Conference history.
TRACKING THE THREES: Jack Isenbarger enters Tuesday’s game with 221 career three-pointers made, which ranks second all-time in Elon history behind Chris Kiger’s (1994-98) career mark of 259.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Lucas Troutman has scored in double figures in six of Elon’s last seven games this season and in 35 of the team’s last 41 games. Troutman has scored 20 or more points in eight of those contests.
HOME COOKING: Over the last three years, Elon has a 26-8 record inside the friendly confines of Alumni Gym. Elon has sold out Alumni Gym nine times under head coach Matt Matheny, with its last sellout coming on Nov. 8, 2013, on opening night when the Phoenix topped Washington & Lee.
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 Tuesday’s game with an overall record of 64-73. Matheny was a finalist for CollegeInsider.com’s Hugh Durham Award last season, which honors the nation’s top mid-major coach.
LOOKING BACK: Sebastian Koch connected on nine threes and scored a career-best 27 points, but the Phoenix dropped an 80-73 decision at 21st-ranked Colorado on Friday night, Dec. 13, in Boulder. Elon led by as many as seven in the first half, but the Buffs went on a 27-10 to close the half to lead by 15 at the half. The Phoenix cut Colorado’s 19-point second-half lead to seven with 13:14 to play with a 15-3 run sparked by Koch and Tanner Samson, but the Buffaloes answered with a 12-2 run to secure the win down the stretch. Colorado went to the free throw line 46 times, hitting 26. Elon went 6-of-15 from the line.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Tuesday’s game, Elon returns home on Dec. 19 to host Central Pennsylvania inside Alumni Gym.