ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s basketball team closes its two-game Colonial Athletic Association northern road swing on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Hofstra as the Phoenix looks to continue its winning streak. The contest at David S. Mack Sports Complex will tip off at 4 p.m.
Watch the action exclusively on CAA.TV. You can also listen to the action on the Elon IMG Sports Network on 104.5 FM, 1200 AM or on the TuneIn app. Taylor Durham and Ryan Meizinger will have the call from the Convocation Center and the pregame show begins at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday marks the 7th all-time meeting between the Phoenix and the Pride. The last five meetings have occurred since the Phoenix joined the CAA in 2014-15. Hofstra holds the 5-1 lead all-time against Elon.
• Elon earned its first victory of the series on Jan. 12 with a 96-80 win inside Alumni Gym.
• Hofstra swept the season-series in 2015-16, winning by a combined six points in two games. Hofstra defeated Elon on a last-second shot by Juan’ya Green, 66-64, on Jan. 28, 2016 in Hempstead, N.Y. The Pride escaped the Phoenix with an 80-76 victory on Jan. 9, 2016 inside Alumni Gym.
• Prior to joining the CAA, Elon’s first-ever meeting against the Pride was during the 2009-10 NIT Season Tip-Off.
ELON TIP INS
• Thursday night wast the first time Elon has held an opponent to 50 points or less since holding Furman to 49 points on Feb. 24, 2014.
• The Phoenix is on it’s first three-game conference winning streak since Feb. 2015.
• Elon won three straight conference games at home by 10+ points from Jan. 7-19, the first time the Phoenix has done so in the program’s Division I era (since 1999-00).
• Tyler Seibring leads the team in scoring with 14.0 ppg. He is averaging 19.6 ppg over the last five games.
• Elon is 9-3 overall this season when leading at halftime, 9-4 when outrebounding its opponents, and 7-1 when holding foes to under 40% shooting from the field.
• The maroon and gold has won five of its last six games. Elon is outscoring its opponents by a combined 58 points in its last five wins.
SEIBRING EARNS CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Tyler Seibring earned CAA Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23 after averaging a team-high 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in victories over Drexel (1/19) and William & Mary (1/21). He shared the honor with Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman.
• The Normal, Ill. native scored a career-high 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and six assists in the 93-73 victory over Drexel. He followed that performance with 19 points, six rebounds, and a career-high tying three blocks against William & Mary.
• He also shot 51.9% from the floor, including a 7-for-11 mark behind the arc.
FREE THROW SUCCESS
• In conference games only, Elon is first in the league shooting 77.2% from the line through nine games. Elon has made above 80% of its free throws in three of those contests.
• The Phoenix had its best shooting performance from the line on Thursday, Jan. 19, against Drexel, finishing 25-of-28 (89.3%) from the stripe.
347 AND COUNTING
• The Elon men’s basketball program has made at least one three-point field goal in 347 consecutive games (not including exhibition games). The last time Elon did not make a three in a game was Jan. 30, 2006, at Georgia Southern when the team went 0-of-14 from deep.
• Elon is currently averaging 10.1 triples per game, which is first in the CAA and 11th in the NCAA. The Phoenix averaged 9.5 made three pointers a game last season.
LUKE EDDY MILESTONE
• Senior point guard Luke Eddy reached 200 assists in his career with three against South Florida on Nov. 17. He currently sits at 261 for his career. He is currently 15 assists away from moving into the top-10 in program history. Tony Chavis ’89 is 10th all-time with 275 career assists.
HEAD COACH MATT MATHNEY
• Head coach Matt Matheny won his 116th game at Elon on Wednesday, Dec. 28, against Central Penn. With the win, he passed Robert “Bob” Burton (1986-93) for the fourth most in program history.
• Matheny currently has 121 career victories and is four wins away from passing D.C. “Peahead” Walker (1927-1937) and moving into third all-time.
• The Pride dropped an 81-80 overtime decision to Drexel on Thursday to fall to 10-12 overall and 2-7 in Colonial Athletic Association play. It was another incredible game from sophomore Justin Wright-Foreman as he poured in 30 points for the second consecutive game and the third time this season.
• Since 2010, only Charles Jenkins had more 30-point games in a single season as he had four in 2010-11. Wright-Foreman is tied with Mike Moore (2011-12) and Zeke Upshaw (2013-14).
• Saturday’s game will pit this week’s two CAA Players of the Week as Hofstra’s Wright-Foreman and Tyler Seibring shared the award on Monday.
The Phoenix returns to Alumni Gym on Thursday, Feb. 2, against James Madison. Elon will host the Dukes at 7 p.m. on American Sports Network.