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Elon (2-2) vs. Canisius (1-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 19, 5 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: The RAC (8,000) -- Piscataway, New Jersey. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Elon 1-0, Canisius 1-0. Away Record: Elon, 1-1, Canisius 0-2. Neutral Record: ELon 0-1, Canisius 0-0. Conference Record: Elon 0-0, Canisius 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAMES NOTES: As part of the NIT Season Tip-Off the Canisius Golden Griffins and the Elon Phoenix will match up at the RAC on Tuesday night.

Elon nearly rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half but fell short in a 71-64 setback against Drexel in Monday night's opening round. The loss was the second straight for the Phoenix, who have fallen back to .500 after a 2-0 start.

Canisius took on host Rutgers in the first round during the regional portion of this event. It didn't turn out well for the Golden Griffins, who led at halftime but fell apart in the final 20 minutes in a 66-41 setback. Canisius has lost back-to-back games since a 71-66 win over South Dakota in the season opener.

On Tuesday these teams will be matching up for the first time on the hardwood.

After shooting at a 47.8 percent clip in the first half to take a 28-26 lead into the break, the wheels came off for the Golden Griffins on Monday. Over the final 20 minutes, Canisius shot at just a 24.3 percent clip. Canisius also had a 50-37 deficit on the boards.

The Golden Griffins are suffering from a sizable scoring differential this season as they are netting 62 points per game, while allowing 72.7. Canisius has not been able to keep up offensively due to poor shooting from the field as the team is putting in just 36.2 percent from the floor. Billy Baron (22.3 ppg) is partially to blame for the shooting woes as he is netting under 40 percent of his shots from the field. However, Baron has been shooting well from beyond the arc (8-of-18) and has been the only consistent offensive threat for the Golden Griffins. Chris Perez (9.0 ppg) is the second leading scorer on the team but he is shooting even worse from the field, connecting on 33.3 percent from the floor. Jordan Heath (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg) has some range beyond the paint.

The Phoenix dug themselves into a 10-point halftime deficit by netting just 36 percent of their shots from the floor in the first half against Drexel. Elon was able to improve to 50 percent shooting in the second half when it cut its deficit to just two points but a 10-2 spurt down the stretch for the Dragons put an end to any comeback hopes.

Lacking punch on offense was out of character for the Phoenix, who have averaged 80.5 points per game while shooting at a 51.7 percent clip from the field through the first four games. Five different players are averaging in double figures for Elon, but only two managed to do so against Drexel. Lucas Troutman led the way with 23 points, as he asserted himself as the go-to option for the offense. Ryley Beaumont (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) netted 10 points in the loss and is second on the team in scoring. The Phoenix really struggled in the backcourt against the Dragons with 3-point marksmen Tanner Samson (12.3 ppg) and Sebastian Koch (12.3 ppg) each going 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. The duo has combined for 25 3-pointers on the year. Austin Hamilton (10.8 ppg), who is the third member of the team scoring in double figures, had six points on Monday night.

Troutman and Beaumont should really be able to take advantage of the Phoenix's lack of depth up front. Unless Baron erupts, the Golden Griffins won't have enough to end their current skid.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 72, Canisius 66

11/19 10:55:22 ET

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