Men's Basketball

Lost in the zone: James Madison keeps Elon rally in check

1/17/15 11:53pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Even the one play where James Madison University didn’t play zone defense, the Elon University men’s basketball team still couldn’t execute. Down 10 with less than five minutes to go and seemingly crumpled up in the zone, Elon scratched its way through for a chance to tie ...

Column: Elon rides offensive freedom

1/9/15 11:58am

Three times during Thursday night’s men’s basketball game, Elon University freshman guard Elijah Bryant took the ball up the floor, and without looking to pass, stepped up and took a 3-pointer. And all three times, he made the shot. Elon coach Matt Matheny gave his offense some more freedom as the Phoenix topped the College of William & Mary 85-79.

Elon beats William & Mary 85-79 in first CAA home victory

1/9/15 1:03am

Freshman guard Elijah Bryant entered in to Thursday’s match up against the William and Mary University Tribe having been named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the fourth time. He played huge dividends for the Phoenix as it took home its first home CAA victory in a win over the Tribe by a final score of 85-79. The freshman led the team in scoring with 25 total points, 19 of which came in the second half alone.

Column: Elon passes toughness test

12/18/14 1:48pm

From the crossroads of Columbia, Mo., to the treacherous grounds of Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, I’d say the Elon University men’s basketball team passed its tests. While there aren’t any victories from it, there’s tangible evidence of growth as the end result. Elon trailed by 19 in the second half against the University of Missouri but put together a comeback that brought the Phoenix within one during the final minute before falling 78-73.

Okafor's post presence too much for Elon

12/15/14 10:36pm

DURHAM — The task of guarding Jahlil Okafor prompted a long, drawn-out series of thoughts for Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny. And the answer was still up in the air after the game ended. All 6 feet, 11 inches and 270 pounds of Okafor patrolled the post and had his way with the Phoenix on Monday, Dec.

Column: Did USCAA opponents fog Elon's vision?

12/10/14 12:45pm

The distraction of final exams whisked into the past, the Elon University men’s basketball team should have a clear set of eyes heading into Thursday’s game at the University of Missouri. But the two-game mini-homestand against two United States Collegiate Athletic Association opponents might have fogged up the Phoenix a bit as it prepares to face not only Missouri but second-ranked Duke University on Monday, Dec.

Samson propels Elon past Central Penn

12/7/14 7:54pm

The Elon University men’s basketball team struggled early on against the Central Pennsylvania College Knights. Things picked up in the second half though, with the Phoenix cruising its way to a 117-73 blowout win. Although the game could have been considered as an exhibition matchup, junior guard Tanner Samson was confident in his team’s ability to show up and play with intensity with a looming four-game road stretch ahead. “It’s a great test for us as a team,” Samson said.

Close games help Elon mature early in season

12/6/14 8:57am

On the surface, the loss of four 1,000-point scorers would seem to provide the 2014-2015 edition of the Elon University men’s basketball team with a steep learning curve. But the players on the court aren’t the only difference for the Phoenix this season.

Walk-on athletes find motivation to play through passions

11/25/14 12:20am

Many walk-on athletes, who are on the roster but do not receive athletic scholarships, say they find their motivation by simply loving the game. "I get a high sense of fulfillment from playing," said Sam Hershberger, a junior on the men's basketball team. Hershberger was in contact with Elon coaches before enrolling in the university, but he said they were upfront in explaining he would be a walk-on athlete.