Men's Basketball


SPORTS 1/10/16 1:00pm

Men's basketball falls late to Hofstra 80-76

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.


SPORTS 1/8/16 11:19am

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

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.


SPORTS 1/3/16 12:05am

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

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.


SPORTS 12/31/15 7:38pm

Men's basketball sees close game slip away to Northeastern

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.


SPORTS 12/28/15 2:49pm

Men's basketball blown out at Duke 105-66

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.


SPORTS 12/23/15 12:35pm

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

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.


SPORTS 12/16/15 6:36pm

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

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.


SPORTS 12/15/15 8:43am

Men's basketball sails to easy win over D3 school

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.


SPORTS 12/4/15 9:38pm

Late burst of layups leads men's basketball past FIU

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.


SPORTS 11/14/15 11:25am

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

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.


SPORTS 11/13/15 1:00pm

Column: Elon posts could be team strength

Elon University had a number of issues on its men’s basketball team a year ago. Injuries, the transition to the Colonial Athletic Association and post play were among them. The first is uncontrollable, but the latter two shouldn’t be of concern as the Phoenix sets sail on a new year.


SPORTS 11/13/15 11:00am

Europe excursion has Elon gelling

The Elon University men’s basketball team is in the middle of roster turnover, with five freshmen joining the already young roster. With so many new faces in, getting players to gel together was going to be quite the challenge for head coach Matt Matheny. But, according to Matheny, the study abroad trip they took to Europe in August has the chemistry better than every before. “I think it’s at an all-time high,” Matheny said.


SPORTS 11/5/15 11:30pm

Men's basketball prepares for season with exhibition win

The Elon University men's basketball team flashed its offensive prowess Thursday, shooting 58.8-percent in the first half in a  victory over William Peace University. The Phoenix shot 58.8-percent from the field in the first half, with 20 baskets spread across 10 players in the half.


SPORTS 10/21/15 2:00pm

Junior point guard climbing back to full strength

It was Dec. 20 when Elon University men’s basketball sophomore guard Luke Eddy tumbled to the ground of the Greensboro Coliseum with a torn ACL in his right knee. Now, with the start of a new season just a month away, Eddy is finally getting ready to play again. “The rehab process was really long,” Eddy said.