Men's Basketball

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.

Flaws exposed in Elon offense during loss to Charlotte

11/16/14 9:32pm

Tentative, stagnant and slow are all accurate words to describe the Elon University men’s basketball team’s offense. There wasn’t any sense of connectivity, as the Phoenix couldn’t muster to deal with the length of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in a 73-60 loss on Sunday, Nov.

Eddy, Sabato star as Elon clips Florida Atlantic

11/15/14 12:09am

The Elon University Phoenix men’s basketball team opened up regular season play on Friday night by defeating the Florida Atlantic University Owls 64-58 at Alumni Gym. The Phoenix trailed the Owls for a majority of the game up until midway through the second half when sophomore guard Luke Eddy drained a 3-pointer to put Elon up 52-49. Eddy was a bright spot for the Phoenix, making his first career start in place of injured senior guard Austin Hamilton, by being one of Elon’s leading scorers with 13 total points. “I thought [Eddy] was very aggressive offensively,” Elon head coach Matt Matheny said.

Elon to rely on strong guard rotation

11/11/14 11:32pm

Despite the overarching theme of what the team has lost around Elon University men’s basketball , there’s a wealth of productive guard play returning in the 2014-2015 season. Three guards who started at least 10 games a year ago and two freshmen who could be looked to for big roles will join an Elon team that lost four 1,000-point scorers to graduation. Three-point specialist junior Tanner Samson leads the pack after averaging 9.4 points per game.

Elon shakes off rust in exhibition victory over Emory & Henry

11/7/14 10:48pm

It was an up and down game for the Elon University men’s basketball team on Friday night, Nov. 7 when it squared off for an exhibition matchup against the Emory & Henry College Wasps. In its first live-action game since a Southern Conference Tournament loss to Western Carolina University this past March, the Phoenix started out slow but managed to pull away in the second half, beating the Wasps 90-50 at Alumni Gym. Elon head coach Matt Matheny was optimistic about his team’s performance but recognized the youth and diversity of the roster. “This is brand new team,” he said.