Men's Basketball

Elon officially announces 2015 men's basketball signees

8/28/15 11:28am The Elon University men’s basketball team on Thursday officially announced the addition of five freshmen to this year’s team. Leading the way is Ardey Kell High School star Steven Santa Ana, who signed last fall.

Column: Examining the academic side of Elijah Bryant's transfer

7/31/15 5:08pm

When word got out that rising sophomore Elijah Bryant planned to leave Elon University, many speculated as to the reason the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year chose to leave. Earlier this week, Bryant committed to Brigham Young University over Butler University, University of Miami and University of Dayton, all of which offered him. Questions still remained, as Bryant did not respond to requests from The Pendulum and other media outlets that covering Elon.

Elon guard Elijah Bryant transfers to BYU

7/28/15 11:21pm

Elijah Bryant, a starting guard for the Elon University men's basketball team, announced Tuesday on his Instagram account that he has transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, who was granted his release from Elon earlier this month, also visited Butler University and the University of Miami before visiting BYU over the past weekend.

Tribe's 3s, defense enough to eliminate Elon

3/7/15 4:07pm

BALTIMORE — Marcus Thornton dribbled the ball about 30 feet from the basket on the right side as the clock waned down. At the other end of the court, his coach, Tony Shaver, yelled, “Marcus!” Thornton replied with, “Oh no!” And so Thornton calmly stepped up, drilled a 3-pointer over Elon University’s Austin Hamilton to give the College of William & Mary a 10-point halftime lead. That moment — Elon coach Matt Matheny called it a “dagger shot” — encapsulated so much of the Tribe’s 72-59 conquering of the Phoenix.

Final loss representative of Elon's fighting attitude

3/7/15 4:05pm

BALTIMORE — Getting off the mat and fighting until the very end. It’s been the common theme all season for the Elon University men’s basketball team. In its quarterfinal against the College of William & Mary on Saturday, the Phoenix was ousted from the CAA Tournament after being down by as much as 18 points early in the second half. Elon played the No.

Phoenix hopes for old vibes against No. 1 William & Mary

3/7/15 9:38am

BALTIMORE — Seemingly a century but less than two months, actually — the amount of time the Elon University men’s basketball team has to look back to channel the game plan it needs for Saturday. The Phoenix will face top-seeded College of William & Mary at noon Saturday at Royal Farms Arena in a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinal.

Elon wins overtime thriller against Towson in first round of CAA Tournament

3/6/15 10:51pm

BALTIMORE — The Elon University men’s basketball team got off to a fast start in its inaugural tournament game in the CAA. But it came down to what it did in the end. After hitting a surge of 3-pointers throughout the game, the Phoenix held on to oust the Towson University Tigers, a team the Phoenix hadn’t beaten in two prior tries this season, 74-69 in overtime of a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament opening round game on Friday, March 6 at Royal Farms Arena. “Towson is tough and they fought us until the end,” Elon head coach Matt Matheny said.

CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Preview

3/4/15 10:57pm

The regular season has come to a close for teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. As teams prepare for the conference tournament, their focus lies with the potential of earning an NCAA Tournament bid. The CAA Tournament, held in Baltimore, will feature four teams with identical conference records at the top   — University of North Carolina at Wilmington, College of William & Mary, James Madison University and Northeastern University.

Elon flies into CAA Tournament

3/4/15 10:51pm

The thought elicited some wide-eyed facial expressions, a chuckle or two and most certainly some brainstorming to see if it was really true. Alas, it was.

Elon seniors go out on high note

3/4/15 10:48pm

The seniors on Elon University men’s basketball team had to say goodbye this past Saturday. One of the most successful senior classes in the school’s Division I tenure played their last game at home to a packed Alumni Gym  Saturday, Feb.

Samson takes single-season record from old teammate

3/4/15 10:45pm

Only one season after his graduation from Elon University, former single-season 3-point field goal record holder Jack Isenbarger was outdone by former teammate, junior guard Tanner Samson. Samson has trumped the previous record, 82 three-point field goals made, making 98 of his own this season.

Phoenix down Northeastern, earn first back-to-back conference wins

2/26/15 11:41pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team defeated Northeastern University on Thursday, 72-65. The win marks the Phoenix’s second consecutive victory and its first back-to-back wins in conference play. Elon and Northeastern traded the lead throughout the first half, with the Phoenix leading by as many as 11 point with 7:59 to play.

Blake scores 18 as Elon ends losing skid

2/21/15 5:42pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team ended its seven-game losing streak on Saturday, Feb. 21 against the University of Delaware Blue Hens 83-75 in an overtime victory. Senior guard Kevin Blake led the Phoenix in scoring with 18 points, including a career-high five three-pointers — all coming in the second half.

Column: Matheny peers into crystal ball

2/19/15 12:58pm

As the losses pile up, Elon University    men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny decided to look to the future. Last Saturday, the Phoenix lost for the 10th time in its last 11 games, an 86-75 shortcoming to hot-shooting James Madison University.