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.”

SPORTS 11/24/15 11:20am

Men's soccer eliminated in second round of NCAA Tournament

The Elon University men's soccer team lost to Clemson University 5-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. The defeat ends the season for the team, who finished with a 14-6-1 record. The Tigers were led by senior forward T.J. Casner, who scored a goal in each half. His second goal gave Clemson its first 3-goal lead of the match. Elon responded immediately thanks to freshman forward Jaiden Fortune, who scored less than one minute after Casner’s second goal.

SPORTS 11/19/15 10:56pm

Seniors power Elon past Winthrop in 3-0 win

The Elon University men's soccer team racked up the goals in a big 3-0 win over Winthrop on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Championship. The win was an emphatic way to snap a streak in which the Phoenix had lost four of its last five games, and sets up Elon to play Clemson in the second round of the tournament on Sunday evening. After a back and forth contest for most of the first half, Elon senior James Brace opened the scoring by sliding into a Jaiden Fortune cross from the right wing and pushing the ball past the keeper. "When you can go into halftime in the lead, that always helps," Brace said.

SPORTS 11/18/15 2:33pm

Football attempts to move on to ‘new normalcy’

The Elon University football team returned to campus late Saturday night after defeating the University of Maine 27-22 earlier in the day. The conclusion to a week of unimaginable tragedy — the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison — had ended in triumph. But for head coach Rich Skrosky, recalling the week that was has left some words lingering in his mind. “One of the coaches — and so many coaches reached out — not to say anyone specific, but a name most people would know, his words were, ‘This week will be harder than last,’” Skrosky said, then paused, letting the words hang in the air. The team’s chaplain, Pastor Bob Disher of St.

SPORTS 11/14/15 5:21pm

Football pulls out emotional win at Maine

Surely playing with heavy hearts, the Elon University football team held on for a 27-22 victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent University of Maine Saturday afternoon. In the first game after the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison, the Phoenix bursted out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, and was able to respond when the Black Bears stormed back in the fourth quarter.

SPORTS 11/14/15 11:25am

Men's basketball smiling after season-opening win at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — After talking about ways that the Elon University men’s basketball team could improve after Friday night’s emphatic 85-74 victory over the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, head coach Matt Matheny couldn’t just say that his team would take the victory. “We’ll smile, we’ll smile,” he said. And smile they did, especially sophomore guard Dmitri Thompson, whose smile was so bright after his 21-point, eight-rebound performance, it could be seen from space. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for a longgggg, long time,” Thompson said.