Sunday, January 13, 2013

Game 17 - Elon

Game #17 - Elon Phoenix
Location: Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC
Date: Monday, January 14th, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Series: The Cats are 12-8 vs Elon since their entry into the SoCon in 2003
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV: none
Live Video: Catamount All Access (fee)

In his third season as the Elon Head Men's Basketball Coach, Matt Matheny brings his 8-7 overall (1-2 SoCon) Phoenix to Cullowhee on Monday nightMatheny guided the Phoenix to 15 victories last season, and were one of the north division's favorites in preseason voting this year.

Elon enters Monday's game coming off a disappointing 10 point loss to Appalachian State on Saturday. While the Phoenix had some early season success with victories over South Carolina, Colgate, and Florida Atlantic, as well as a conference win over Georgia Southern, and a two point loss to Charleston, Elon has won only two games out of the last six played, coming into the Western game.

Elon currently is the 5th best scoring team the conference, averaging 69.2 points per game, just behind WCU, while giving up an average 65.3 points.  The Phoenix are averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and 7.5 steals.

Junior forward Lucas Troutman (6-10 / 220) leads Elon in scoring with 14.8 points per game (ranks 7th in the SoCon) and 5.7 rebounds, followed by junior guard Jack Isenbarger (6-3 / 180) with 14.3 points and junior forward Ryley Beaumont (6-7 / 220) with 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

This may be the toughest conference test the Catamounts have faced this season, and with classes starting on Monday in Cullowhee, the game should be well attended.  The Cats will need all that support to make it to that elusive 5-0 record.

Projected Elon starters:
No. Player Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown/Previous School PPG RPG APG
10 Austin Hamilton G 5-10 So. Herndon, Va./Herndon 7.9 2.7 3.3
20 Jack Isenbarger G 6-2 Jr. Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville 14.3 2.7 2.5
21 Ryley Beaumont F 6-7 Jr. Millersville, Md./Mt. St. Joseph 10.5 6.6 1.6
24 Sebastian Koch G 6-8 Jr. Munich, Germany/Christ School 8.4 4.9 2.0
31 Lucas Troutman F 6-10 Jr. Belton, S.C./Christ School 14.8 5.7 0.5

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