Men's Basketball

SPORTS 12/1/16 12:11am

Elon beats FIU in OT on emotional night

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.

SPORTS 11/14/16 11:46pm

Charlotte edges Elon in high-scoring affair

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.

SPORTS 11/12/16 5:59pm

Men's basketball beats D3 school to open season

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.

SPORTS 11/8/16 4:00pm

Men's basketball ready for experience to shine through

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.

NEWS 11/2/16 1:10am

Men's basketball thrashes Randolph in lone exhibition game

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.

SPORTS 3/8/16 12:00pm

Questions linger after men's basketball season crashes to ending

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.”

SPORTS 3/2/16 1:00pm

Men’s basketball improves as CAA Tournament starts

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.

SPORTS 2/27/16 11:30pm

Men's basketball ends regular season with win at Delaware

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.

SPORTS 2/26/16 11:54am

Men's basketball's scoreless run to end game costly in Senior Night loss

Elon University men’s basketball’s senior night ended like a handful of other home games as the Phoenix let a lead slip away late as the College of William & Mary took home the 75-65 victory in. Junior guard Luke Eddy and junior guard Tanner Samson were left nearly speechless trying to explain how Eon failed to score in the last 4:13. “I’m not really sure to be honest, I don’t have an answer,” Eddy said, who hit a three to give Elon a 65-64 lead before going scoreless the rest of the way.

SPORTS 2/24/16 1:00pm

Senior ends men’s basketball career with a smile

The Elon University men’s basketball team concludes its home schedule Thursday night, and the Senior Night festivities bring out the emotions from head coach Matt Matheny. “It comes so fast — you can see it in the face of our players when they realize that this is it,” Matheny said.

SPORTS 2/19/16 9:24am

Men's basketball uses hot second half to win at Drexel

A hot-shooting second half led the Elon University men’s basketball team to an 81-76 victory over Drexel University Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The Phoenix shot 75 percent in the second half, finishing 18-of-24 from the field and 6-of-8 from behind the arc.

SPORTS 2/17/16 10:00am

Freshman men's basketball forward finds balance in his game

Head coach Matt Matheny said Tyler Seibring is a changed man. The freshman forward has been a staple for the Elon University men’s basketball team, starting in all 27 games thanks to some necessary bulking in the off-season. “What he’s done since he set foot on campus in June is remarkable,” Matheny said. “The way he transformed his body to get ready for a grueling first year [of college].”

SPORTS 2/12/16 12:34pm

Men's basketball keeps close but falls at UNCW

The Elon University men’s basketball team stayed within five points of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the final seven minutes of the game, but could not take the lead, dropping 86-82 Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association action. The Phoenix cut the deficit to one at four different moments in the second half and led for a grand total of 15 seconds in the game. The Seahawks were able to keep Elon away, answering nearly every Elon basket with a basket on the other end to extend their win streak to a school-record 10 straight victories. “We’re a better team now than when we got [to Trask Coliseum],” said head coach Matt Matheny, who turned 46 Thursday.

SPORTS 2/5/16 12:12pm

Men's basketball stomps on winless Blue Hens, 83-56

The Elon University men’s basketball team did what it should do, beating the winless-in-conference University of Delaware 83-56 Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Blue Hens (5-17 overall, 0-11 CAA) struggled mightily in the first half, scoring just 11 points on 5-23 shooting.