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SPORTS 1/11/16 10:43am

Women's basketball falls to JMU in OT

The Elon University women’s basketball team nearly beat James Madison University on Sunday afternoon despite a lack of rebounding, but ultimately the Phoenix fell 81-76 in overtime at Alumni Gym in the Colonial Athletic Association affair. “We have to control the things that we can control defensively and, of course, boxing out.


SPORTS 1/10/16 1:00pm

Men's basketball falls late to Hofstra 80-76

When freshman guard Steven Santa Ana’s corner three rimmed out with 30 seconds left in regulation, the air got sucked out of Alumni Gym, as well as the Elon University men’s basketball team’s chance of victory over Hofstra University. The Pride hit its free throws at the other end to close out an 80-76 victory at Elon in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.


SPORTS 1/9/16 10:24pm

Women's basketball edges Hofstra in final seconds, 61-60

The Elon University women's basketball edged Hofstra at Alumni Gym Friday night, 61-60, after sophomore guard Shay Burnett sank two free throws with seven seconds left on the clock. "It runs up my dry-cleaning bill because I stress myself out," joked head coach Charlotte Smith. "It helps to know that we can win games in the clutch."


SPORTS 1/8/16 11:19am

Men's basketball pulls off road upset at JMU 79-73

Freshman guard Steven Santa Ana set a career-high in scoring for the second consecutive game, dropping 19 points as the Elon University men’s basketball team defeated host James Madison University 79-73 Thursday night. In the first Colonial Athletic Association road game for the Phoenix, Santa Ana also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, recording his first double-double. Elon (11-5 overall, 2-1 CAA), picked to finish last in the CAA before the season, trailed for less than 10 minutes of game time and never trailed in the second half against the Dukes, who were picked second preseason. A 9-0 run in a 2:05 stretch early in the second half built the lead for Elon to 14 points, which was the highest lead of the night for either team. When James Madison (11-5, 1-2) cut the lead to six points, the Dukes started fouling Elon, challenging the Phoenix to make free throws.


SPORTS 1/4/16 6:04pm

Women's basketball holds off UNCW in CAA opener

The Elon University women's basketball team fended off a late run from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington en route to a 67-60 win Sunday afternoon. Despite early foul trouble and offensive struggles, the Phoenix secured the victory in the Colonial Athletic Association season opener. "I felt like the early foul trouble that we had took us out of our rhythm offensively," said Elon coach Charlotte Smith. 


SPORTS 1/3/16 12:05am

Freshman's shooting sparks men's basketball win over Drexel

Freshman guard Steven Santa Ana set a career-high with 18 points as the Elon University men’s basketball team defeated Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel University 83-78 Saturday afternoon. “There are a lot of things to love about [Santa Ana],” said head coach Matt Matheny.


SPORTS 12/31/15 7:38pm

Men's basketball sees close game slip away to Northeastern

The Elon University men’s basketball team kept close to defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion Northeastern University, but lost the opening game of conference play 86-79 Thursday afternoon at Alumni Gym. “This was a game very much like we expected against a very good Northeastern team, and we knew it was gonna be a tough, physical game,” said Elon head coach Matt Matheny.


SPORTS 12/29/15 4:00pm

Women's basketball's comeback attempt falls short

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — From the opening tip-off, the Elon University women's basketball team did not look confident at West Virginia University Monday night. The Phoenix lost on the boards, committed too many turnovers and fell behind by double digits after one period of play. Despite a late run in the fourth period, Elon fell short of a comeback and lost 67-57.


SPORTS 12/29/15 1:12am

Men's basketball blown out at Duke 105-66

DURHAM -- At the first media timeout, the Elon University men's basketball team was encouraged with its play, staying within a point of Duke University. "We started well, and it was a one-point game because we did some of the little things well," said head coach Matt Matheny.


SPORTS 12/28/15 2:49pm

Men's basketball blown out at Duke 105-66

DURHAM — At the first media timeout, the Elon University men’s basketball team was encouraged with their play, staying within a point of Duke University. “We started well, and it was a one-point game because we did some of the little things well,” said head coach Matt Matheny.


SPORTS 12/23/15 12:35pm

Men's basketball extends win streak to six at UNC-Asheville

The Elon University men's basketball team continued its winning ways, extending its win streak to six in a 86-81 victory over the University of North Carolina at Asheville Monday. The Phoenix made six straight free throws in the final 15 seconds to ice the tightly-contested game over the Bulldogs, who also entered Monday with a five-game winning streak.


SPORTS 12/16/15 6:36pm

Men's basketball storms out to early lead in 4th straight win

The Elon University men’s basketball team stormed out of the gates against Alabama State University Wednesday, scoring the first 14 points of the game en route to a 91-74 victory. The win is the fourth straight for Elon and fifth in the last six games, Senior guard Tanner Samson hit four straight 3-pointers to start the game, building the lead out to 12-0 in just 130 seconds. Junior guard Luke Eddy added a layup to make it 14-0 before the Hornets scored their first points of the game.


SPORTS 12/15/15 8:43am

Men's basketball sails to easy win over D3 school

In the first game after finals, the Elon University men’s basketball team rolled to a 106-77 victory over Division III Wesley College Sunday, Dec. 13. The Phoenix scored 64 points in the second half, with the scoring for the afternoon contest being spread across 12 players. In total, 16 of the 17 players on Elon’s roster saw action Sunday.


SPORTS 12/15/15 5:43am

Women's basketball knocks off NC State

The Elon University women’s basketball team pulled off an upset Sunday, Dec. 13, defeating North Carolina State University 69-66 in a close game. It's the first win over NC State in program history after the Phoenix lost the previous eight games to the Wolfpack. The first game after a break for finals, which was played at Broughton High School in Raleigh due to renovations at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum, was tightly contested all afternoon, with neither team leading by more than three points at the end of each quarter.


SPORTS 12/4/15 9:38pm

Late burst of layups leads men's basketball past FIU

The Elon University men’s basketball team rode the coattails of a 10-0 run by junior guard/forward Christian Hairston out of the final media timeout to defeat Florida International University 77-71 Friday night in Miami. Hairston made five layups in a two-minute, 23-second span to turn a six-point deficit into a four-point lead for Elon.


SPORTS 12/2/15 2:00pm

Keeping the soccer dream alive

Elon University men’s soccer freshman midfielder Bill Beresford was in the 18-man match day roster for Chesterfield Football Club against Peterborough United Football Club in a League One contest on Boxing Day 2014 – the British equivalent of playing football on Thanksgiving. “I warmed up and to be fair, I actually thought I was going to come on and make my debut,” Beresford said. “I was gutted it didn’t end up that way.” Chesterfield were cruising in the match winning 3-0 against Peterborough and Beresford could sense it was his time. “There was 20 minutes to go and we had a really good chance, we should have scored but one of the lads put it over the bar,” he said. “They ended up going down the other end and scoring.”



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