Zachary Horner

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NEWS 3/21/13 8:15am

Senior guard looks to finish strong after solid SoCon Tournament

In the last three minutes and one second of the Elon University men’s basketball team’s loss to the College of Charleston in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament March 10, Elon senior guard Josh Bonney went off. He scored eight points in the final stretch, trying to spark a Phoenix comeback, but the Cougars’ lead was too large. “I was just trying to attack and trying to keep us in it the best I could, just do my part,” he said. Bonney ended the game with 15 points, tying a season high in a rough senior year. The Houston, Texas native came to Elon back in 2008, making him the only player on this season’s roster that played under former head coach Ernie Nestor.

NEWS 3/9/13 7:57pm

Survivor Asheville: Elon men withstands Spartans’ attack, advances to SoCon semifinals

ASHEVILLE - A common cliche around NCAA tournament time, made famous by late North Carolina State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Valvano, is “survive and advance.” They were some of the first words out of Elon University men’s basketball head coach Matt Matheny’s mouth Saturday night after his team earned a 68-61 victory over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans to move on to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. With the win, Elon will face No.

NEWS 3/3/13 12:19am

Men's basketball reaches 20-win plateau in regular season finale win over UNCG

20-10 is a long way from 9-23. But in just four years, the Elon University men's basketball team improved that much. The Phoenix capped off the program's first 20-win season since 1987-1988 with an 80-66 victory Saturday night over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans in Alumni Gym, using a productive second half to cap the historic season. The win propels the Phoenix into the Southern Conference Tournament next weekend when it will face either the No.

NEWS 2/7/13 9:56pm

Win streak snapped as Wofford takes down men's basketball

The Elon University men's basketball team had its seven-game winning streak ended Thursday night as Wofford College defeated the Phoenix 60-50 in Spartanburg, S.C. The Phoenix held a 22-21 lead at halftime as it stayed in front of a back-and-forth game, but Wofford used a couple big runs in the second half go up 46-36 with 7:03 remaining in the second half.

NEWS 1/31/13 11:53pm

Six-shooters: Men’s basketball upends UNCG to continue winning streak

“Next play, let’s move on, let’s focus on the here and now.” In a tough Southern Conference stretch, the Elon University men’s basketball team is doing just that. Junior guard Jack Isenbarger ended a game-long field goal-less slump by hitting a big three-pointer to give Elon a late lead the Phoenix held on to as they defeated the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans 72-66 Thursday night for their sixth straight victory. After missing his first ten shots from the floor, seven of them from beyond the arc, Isenbarger hit a contested trey from just left of the top of the key to give Elon a 68-66 lead, a lead that stuck, with 1:27 left in the game. “You’ve gotta have shooter’s amnesia some times, just forget it,” said Isenbarger, who ended the night with just six points but a game-high ten rebounds.

NEWS 1/26/13 5:12pm

Men's hoops notches fifth straight victory, defeats The Citadel

Junior guard Jack Isenbarger scored 22 points and dished eight assists and freshman guard Tanner Samson scored a career-high 15 points in 38 minutes of action as the Elon University men's basketball team defeated The Citadel 70-66 Saturday afternoon in Charleston, S.C. With the win, Elon improved to 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the Southern Conference, while the Bulldogs are 4-15 overall, 1-6 in the SoCon. The Phoenix held a 38-30 lead with the clock winding down in the first half before The Citadel guard Marshall Harris III hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer to cut the lead to 38-33. In the second half, Elon maintained the lead throughout, but the Bulldogs fought back to within two five minutes into the half and within four with five minutes left, but the lead held up for the Phoenix. The Phoenix got 14 points and four rebounds from junior forward Lucas Troutman, who scored in double-digits for the 18th straight game. The Citadel was led by center Mike Groselle's 20 points and nine rebounds, while guard Matt Van Scyoc added 20 points for the Bulldogs. Elon face the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Jan.

NEWS 1/26/13 11:52am

Milestone indication of progress in shooting game for Elon men's hoops

When asked if 2,000 career points was in range, Elon University men's basketball junior guard Jack Isenbarger shrugged. He didn't even know he was hitting 1,000 until a couple of days before the Phoenix defeated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Thursday night in Alumni Gym. "I didn't know I was coming up to 1,000 until a couple days ago, started getting texts from friends and family, saying, 'Hey, here comes 1,000,'" Isenbarger said following the win.

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