Men's Basketball

NEWS 2/19/15 12:58pm

Column: Matheny peers into crystal ball

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.

NEWS 2/19/15 11:45am

Samson breaks 3-point record as Elon falls to College of Charleston

The Elon University men’s basketball team has dropped its seventh straight following a 77-63 loss to the College of Charleston. Junior guard Tanner Samson broke Elon’s single season three-pointer record with his six three’s, but it was not enough to top the College of Charleston. Having tied Jack Isenbarger’s record going to the matchup at the TD Arena, the Littleton, Colorado native hit his 83rd three of the season with 10:39 remaining in the first half to cut Elon’s deficit to just two at 16-14. Samson kept the Phoenix in the game early scoring 17 of his 22 points coming in the first half.

NEWS 2/14/15 11:31pm

Men's basketball overpowered by hot-shooting James Madison

The Elon University men’s basketball team lost to James Madison on Saturday, 86-75. Despite a strong offensive showing by Elon, the Dukes overpowered the Phoenix on the other end of the floor. Freshman guard Elijah Bryant scored 18 points, while senior guard Austin Hamilton had 16.

NEWS 2/11/15 5:04pm

Losing streak bearing burden on Elon men's basketball

It has been a long season for the Elon University men’s basketball team. After 25 games, the Phoenix has a record of 11-14 and currently sits in the middle of a four-game losing streak. In its first full season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, Elon has had its fair share of ups and downs. Early on, unfamiliar competition loomed, earning the Phoenix a projected last-place finish in preseason conference standings.

NEWS 1/25/15 2:25pm

Column: Hamilton's experience shines for Elon

As Christian Hairston rattled off a touching sentiment, Austin Hamilton was to his left with a smirk on his face. “That was cute,” said Hamilton, the center of attention after his career-high 31 points lifted the Elon University men’s basketball team over the University of Delaware 94-82. It was a different aura for the senior guard who’s been saddled with injuries and hidden in the shadow of last year’s senior class that’s widely considered one of the best in Elon history. So, like he said, he would have to lie to say he wasn’t basking in the moment. “It absolutely felt good,” Hamilton said.

NEWS 1/21/15 11:43am

Column: CAA hoops process taking time, but that's just fine

With a cyclonic ending still on his mind, Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny chose to start his press conference by talking about the Colonial Athletic Association. Elon had just been handed its third straight loss in the CAA, a 75-72 defeat to James Madison University in which senior guard Austin Hamilton’s 3-pointer missed right before the final buzzer. Instead of talking about that play, Matheny focused on the conference, in which it’s clear Elon is still adjusting.

NEWS 1/17/15 11:53pm

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

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 in the waning seconds. But senior guard Austin Hamilton’s 3-point attempt from the right wing missed everything, handing the Phoenix a 75-72 defeat to the Dukes on Saturday, Jan.

NEWS 1/9/15 11:58am

Column: Elon rides offensive freedom

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.