In assessing the Elon University men's basketball team's performance through six Colonial Athletic Association, coach Matt Matheny has looked past the statistical strides and been pleased with the way the Phoenix has approached games.
HARRISONBURG, Va. — The set-up was what the Elon University men's basketball team wanted, after a 3-point shooting parade and enough defensive stops gave the Phoenix the ball, down one, with a chance to win. The shot didn't fall.
HARRISONBURG, Va. — After a 3-point shooting display in the first half, the Elon University men's basketball team struggled against James Madison University's press in the second half of a 60-59 loss on Saturday afternoon.
It was clear early on that the Elon University men's basketball team was well rested. The Phoenix delivered its best shooting performance of the season and its highest scoring output in three seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as it romped past Hofstra University 96-80 on Thursday night at Alumni Gym. Sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana stayed hot, pouring in 29 points on 11 of 16 shooting, while sophomore forward Tyler Seibring scored 22 points and sophomore guard Dainan Swoope supplied 18. The victory comes after four days off for the Phoenix, which played four games in eight nights culminating with a Jan. 7 victory over Towson University.
As sophomore forward Karolis Kundrotas scored on four consecutive possessions, he slowly felt a weight lifted and a sense of relief coming upon him. Kundrotas provided the nine-point burst that turned the tides in favor of the Elon University men’s basketball team, powering the Phoenix to a 72-61 victory against Towson University on Saturday night at Alumni Gym as it snapped a three-game losing skid in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. The start wasn’t ideal — Elon missed its first nine from the field — but Kundrotas helped spark a promising result against a stifling Towson defense that’s given Elon fits in past years. In fact, in each of the last two years, Elon’s worst shooting performance of the season came against Towson.
GREENSBORO — Duke University junior guard Grayson Allen didn't burry too many shots on Wednesday, but he did plunge his head into a Gatorade towel. After a season last year that involved tripping two opponents, the Blue Devil has gone on record saying he wants to brighten his image, which has been marred with a dirty player stereotype. The exact opposite happened against Elon University.
GREENSBORO — If the Elon University men's basketball game against Duke University Wednesday night was in March and only lasted a half, a lot of brackets would have been burned. But after leading 35-34 at halftime, the Phoenix was unable to maintain its early momentum in the second half, losing to the No. 5 Blue Devils 72-61 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
As former Elon Univeristy men’s basketball player and current social media manager Adam Constantine ’10 put it, Nov.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trailing by three with the clock winding down, senior guard Luke Eddy ran the play exactly how head Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny wanted. cqjb But he was a half-second late, not able to get sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana the ball in time for a potential game-tying 3-pointer as Elon lost to Georgetown University 77-74 Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. “We were definitely going for a three, and we were trying to create — we had a double screen off the other side," Eddy said.
As the clocked ticked below 30 seconds in overtime of the Elon University men’s basketball game Wednesday night, two Florida International University defenders near trapped sophomore guard Dainan Swoope mid-court. In what was only six seconds but felt like an eternity, Swoope pivoted over and over, seemingly having no way out of the trap.
When it came down to crunch time, the Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t limit the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s freewheeling offense. In a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, the 49ers outlasted the Phoenix 100-95 in nonconference action Monday night at Alumni Gym despite sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana’s career-high 32 points. Santa Ana’s burst of seven straight points cut Charlotte’s lead to one with 3:30 remaining, but the 49ers responded with a basket by freshman guard Quentin Jackson and a breakaway dunk by freshman forward Najee Garvin that prompted an Elon timeout. After sophomore forward Tyler Seibring missed a corner 3-pointer, junior guard Hudson Price buried a 3 from atop the key to put Charlotte up 96-89, effectively sealing the victory. “Defense was a big emphasis for us this offseason and something we’ve been stressing,” Santa Ana said.
It was a 101-68 win for the Elon University men’s basketball team over Division III William Peace University Friday night, but head coach Matt Matheny felt that the Phoenix has a lot to learn going forward. “We wanted to be victorious, and we were,” Matheny said.
As the Elon University men’s basketball team gears up for another season, head coach Matt Matheny hasn’t been shy to hide his delight in his team’s work since last year’s disappointing finish. “We have talked a lot to our players about how proud we are of how they worked in the offseason,” Matheny said.
The Elon University mens basketball team had its first outing of the fall on Tuesday night, trouncing Division III Randolph College 88-43 in an exhibition match in Alumni Gym. The Phoenix shone on both ends of the floor, dominating possession in a game that saw them shoot 53% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc.
The Elon University basketball teams kicked off their seasons Friday night with the annual Late Night with the Phoenix pep rally and scrimmage. Elon’s social media manager, Adam Constantine, emceed the event sharing jokes and interacting with fans.
BALTIMORE — One point in the final five minutes, 51 seconds. Despite the terrible first half and the wild comeback to take the lead, the Elon University men’s basketball team scored just one point in the last 5:51 against Drexel University, losing 57-56 in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Friday night. “[There were] so many plays that, if they would have gone a different way, we’d come out victorious,” said head coach Matt Matheny. “But we came up short.”
BALTIMORE — The Elon University men’s basketball team’s season lay in the hands of junior guard Luke Eddy. After smartly calling a timeout with 13 seconds left to set up the final shot, the ball found its way to his hands.
After Feb. 25’s home loss to the College of William & Mary, a close game that left the Elon University men’s basketball team believing they could have won, head coach Matt Matheny shook his head in disbelief. It was the sixth Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) home game that Elon had lost despite leading at some point in the second half.
Delaware (2-16) The Blue Hens (7-22 overall) have earned just two conference wins this season, and are 2-15 on the road.
With its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament seeding already decided, the Elon University men’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 77-59 win at the University of Delaware Saturday. Elon led for all but two minutes and ten seconds of the game, cruising to its fifth conference road victory over the last-place Blue Hens.