WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Elon University men’s basketball dropped its first CAA road game of the season at William & Mary 89-67 on Thursday, Jan. 21, inside Kaplan Arena.
Tyler Seibring led all Elon (12-8, 3-4 CAA) scorers with 18 points, while Luke Eddy and Dainan Swoope also scored in double-figures, recording 13 and 12 points respectively. Brian Dawkins grabbed a team-high five rebounds and Eddy, Seibring, and Tanner Samson each had a team-high three assists.
Connor Buchfield led William & Mary (13-5, 5-2 CAA) with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from three-point range. Daniel Dixon added 18 points and Terry Tarpey scored 10 for the Tribe.
Elon and William & Mary started the half in a back-and-forth affair, but the Phoenix held a 27-23 lead after a Dainan Swoope triple at the 7:16 mark. Tyler Seibring was on fire to start, scoring 14 of Elon’s first 27 points, nailing 4-of-4 treys from beyond the arc.
After Swoope’s triple, William & Mary responded with a 20-4 run over the next 6:22 to take a 43-31 lead with 47 seconds left in the half.
Dmitri Thompson blocked a William & Mary three, stole the ball, and put in a layup at the buzzer after a Eddy three-pointer. However, the layup was called no good after review and the Phoenix trailed 43-34 at the half.
Elon made it a six-point game 43-37 after a layup by Hairston and a free throw from Seibring to start the half, and brought it within six once more with the Tribe leading 46-40 with 17:41 to go in the half after Thompson completed a three-point play.
The closest the Phoenix would get the rest of the half was with 15:43 remaining cutting the Tribe’s lead to seven, 50-47, after a Seibring triple.
William & Mary continued to hold a good lead, most of the time in double-digits, but with 5:34 remaining, Elon made it a nine-point game 73-64 after a layup by Dawkins. The Tribe eventually pulled away with a 13-3 run over the final 5:34 to take the 89-67 victory over the Phoenix.
Elon returns home on Saturday, Jan. 23, to take on James Madison inside Alumni Gym. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.