The Elon University Men’s basketball team fell short against Northeastern University on Saturday, 80-61.
Freshman guard Elijah Bryant scored 13 and senior guard Austin Hamilton scored 11. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the hot-handed Huskies.
Northeastern made 60 percent of their shots from the field during the game, dropping 62 percent of its attempts in the second half. The Phoenix struggled to find an answer for the Huskies’ Zach Stahl, who had 19 points, and Scott Eatherton, who scored 16.
Elon also had limited success on the boards, as it was outrebounded, 39-27. Stahl made his presence known with nine boards, while Eatherton added another eight.
The game was close until the 5:46 mark in the first half. Stahl made a layup that spurred the Huskies to go on a 16-3 run to end the half. It was a momentum-crushing rally for the Phoenix, who went into the locker room down 40-25.
After the intermission, Elon struggled to find a rhythm, trailing by as many as 27 in the second half.
Relative to the Huskies, the Phoenix struggled from the field and 3-point range. They shot 44 percent from the field, and 27 percent from beyond the arc. Junior guard Tanner Samson added a spark to the Elon offense, making three triples throughout the game.
With the loss, Elon falls to 11-12 overall with a 3-7 record in conference play. Northeastern jumps to 15-8 overall with a 7-3 record in the Colonel Athletic Association.
Elon continues conference play on Feb. 5, when they host the Drexel University Dragons at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym.