The Elon Men's Basketball team defeated Marist College 75-48 in their first road game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The Phoenix, who now have a 2-0 record, had many field goals from sophomore guard Tanner Samson and senior forward Lucas Troutman. As a team, Elon had a strong defense against the Red Foxes, making the Phoenix successful on both sides of the floor.
"We shot really well Friday night and that carried over to the beginning of this game in particular. I think that gave us the confidence to get it going," Head Coach Matt Matheny said. "We were able to knock them on their heels a little bit early, and then we just stayed within our system."
Samson, who led the charge with a game-high 17 points, made four three-pointers in the first six minutes--a feat he also accomplished in Elon's Friday night game.
"We have a lot of shooters on our team and that can hurt other teams defensively," Samson said. "I just moved around and our team moved the ball well, and I had some good open looks early. When you're shooting well, you just want to keep shooting. I did that early and it paid off for us."
Junior guard Austin Hamilton, and senior forwards Lucas Troutman and Ryley Beaumont all finished in double figures, as well.
This marked the second straight game where the Phoenix shot at least 50 percent from the field. The 27-point margin of victory is Elon's largest in a road game since Nov. 29, 1996.
Up next for the Phoenix is an away game at the Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C on Friday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.