Men's Basketball

Veering off path, Elon assesses offense after loss to James Madison

1/23/16 11:23pm

Holding his head in his hands, rubbing his eyes at times, sophomore guard Dmitri Thompson seemed at a loss for words as he tried to describe Saturday night’s 82-64 loss to James Madison University in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball. There was the blooming first half where the Elon ...

Men's basketball can't keep up first half pace in loss to JMU

1/23/16 9:00pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t continue the offensive assault it had in the first half, scoring just 21 points as the Phoenix fell to James Madison University 82-64 Saturday night in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest. Elon held a 43-42 lead at halftime but scored ...

William & Mary buries men's basketball, 89-67

1/21/16 10:31pm

The Elon University men's basketball team travelled to Williamsburg, Virginia, where they fell to the College of William & Mary, 89-67 Thursday night in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game. Tribe sophomore guard Connor Burchfield eviscerated Elon, going for 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting on 6-of-7 from long range. Freshman forward Tyler Seibring meanwhile led the way for Elon with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists on 5-of-5 from deep. Junior guard Luke Eddy added 13 points, while freshman guard Dainin Swoope contribute 12 on 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

With stout preparation, freshman sees success

1/20/16 12:00pm

Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny finished his interviews after the team’s Jan. 9 loss to Hofstra University just more than 20 minutes after the game ended. Matheny walked out of the interview room and was greeted by one of his team managers catching shots and passing to an Elon player, still wearing his game shorts and undershirt.

Late 3-pointer elevates men's basketball over College of Charleston

1/16/16 10:04pm

Freshman forward Tyler Seibring finished his career night with an offensive rebound and an assist, finding freshman guard Dainan Swoope for a 3-pointer to lift the Elon University men’s basketball team over Colonial Athletic Association rival College of Charleston 65-64 Saturday afternoon. Swoope’s basket from behind-the-arc with 20 seconds left meant Elon needed one final stop, which it got thanks to sophomore guard Dmitri Thompson’s efforts on the defensive end.

Men's basketball falls late to Hofstra 80-76

1/10/16 1:00pm

When freshman guard Steven Santa Ana’s corner three rimmed out with 30 seconds left in regulation, the air got sucked out of Alumni Gym, as well as the Elon University men’s basketball team’s chance of victory over Hofstra University. The Pride hit its free throws at the other end to close out an 80-76 victory at Elon in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.

Men's basketball pulls off road upset at JMU 79-73

1/8/16 11:19am

Freshman guard Steven Santa Ana set a career-high in scoring for the second consecutive game, dropping 19 points as the Elon University men’s basketball team defeated host James Madison University 79-73 Thursday night. In the first Colonial Athletic Association road game for the Phoenix, Santa Ana also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, recording his first double-double. Elon (11-5 overall, 2-1 CAA), picked to finish last in the CAA before the season, trailed for less than 10 minutes of game time and never trailed in the second half against the Dukes, who were picked second preseason. A 9-0 run in a 2:05 stretch early in the second half built the lead for Elon to 14 points, which was the highest lead of the night for either team. When James Madison (11-5, 1-2) cut the lead to six points, the Dukes started fouling Elon, challenging the Phoenix to make free throws.

Freshman's shooting sparks men's basketball win over Drexel

1/3/16 12:05am

Freshman guard Steven Santa Ana set a career-high with 18 points as the Elon University men’s basketball team defeated Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel University 83-78 Saturday afternoon. “There are a lot of things to love about [Santa Ana],” said head coach Matt Matheny.

Men's basketball sees close game slip away to Northeastern

12/31/15 7:38pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team kept close to defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion Northeastern University, but lost the opening game of conference play 86-79 Thursday afternoon at Alumni Gym. “This was a game very much like we expected against a very good Northeastern team, and we knew it was gonna be a tough, physical game,” said Elon head coach Matt Matheny.

Men's basketball blown out at Duke 105-66

12/28/15 2:49pm

DURHAM — At the first media timeout, the Elon University men’s basketball team was encouraged with their play, staying within a point of Duke University. “We started well, and it was a one-point game because we did some of the little things well,” said head coach Matt Matheny.

Men's basketball extends win streak to six at UNC-Asheville

12/23/15 12:35pm

The Elon University men's basketball team continued its winning ways, extending its win streak to six in a 86-81 victory over the University of North Carolina at Asheville Monday. The Phoenix made six straight free throws in the final 15 seconds to ice the tightly-contested game over the Bulldogs, who also entered Monday with a five-game winning streak.

Men's basketball storms out to early lead in 4th straight win

12/16/15 6:36pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team stormed out of the gates against Alabama State University Wednesday, scoring the first 14 points of the game en route to a 91-74 victory. The win is the fourth straight for Elon and fifth in the last six games, Senior guard Tanner Samson hit four straight 3-pointers to start the game, building the lead out to 12-0 in just 130 seconds. Junior guard Luke Eddy added a layup to make it 14-0 before the Hornets scored their first points of the game.

Men's basketball sails to easy win over D3 school

12/15/15 8:43am

In the first game after finals, the Elon University men’s basketball team rolled to a 106-77 victory over Division III Wesley College Sunday, Dec. 13. The Phoenix scored 64 points in the second half, with the scoring for the afternoon contest being spread across 12 players. In total, 16 of the 17 players on Elon’s roster saw action Sunday.

Late burst of layups leads men's basketball past FIU

12/4/15 9:38pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team rode the coattails of a 10-0 run by junior guard/forward Christian Hairston out of the final media timeout to defeat Florida International University 77-71 Friday night in Miami. Hairston made five layups in a two-minute, 23-second span to turn a six-point deficit into a four-point lead for Elon.

Men's basketball's frantic rally leads team to overtime win

11/30/15 11:28pm

Elon University men’s basketball head coach Matt Matheny said he can’t wait to watch the film to figure out how his team surged to a 103-93 overtime victory over Kennesaw State University.  “We’re thrilled to walk out after tonight with a victory,” Matheny said.

Men's basketball smiling after season-opening win at Charlotte

11/14/15 11:25am

CHARLOTTE — After talking about ways that the Elon University men’s basketball team could improve after Friday night’s emphatic 85-74 victory over the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, head coach Matt Matheny couldn’t just say that his team would take the victory. “We’ll smile, we’ll smile,” he said. And smile they did, especially sophomore guard Dmitri Thompson, whose smile was so bright after his 21-point, eight-rebound performance, it could be seen from space. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for a longgggg, long time,” Thompson said.