Elon (2-0) at Charlotte (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 15, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Halton Arena (9,105) -- Charlotte, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Elon 1-0, Charlotte 1-0. Away Record: Elon 1-0, Charlotte 0-1. Neutral Record: Elon 0-0, Charlotte 0-0. Conference Record: Elon 0-0, Charlotte 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: The Elon Phoenix will try to maintain their momentum as they clash with the Charlotte 49ers for non-conference action at Halton Arena.
Elon enters the season as a favorite to win the Southern Conference and has lived up to the lofty expectations so far. The Phoenix coasted to a 114-64 decision over Division III foe Washington & Lee in their season opener before completing a 75-48 rout of Marist on Sunday to improve to 2-0. Coach Matt Matheny is now in his fifth season at the helm of the program and has gone 61-68. Matheny will inch back towards the .500 mark if his squad continues to shoot 60.7 percent from the field including 45.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The 49ers fell to 1-1 on Tuesday with a heartbreaking, 83-82, loss to the College of Charleston. They held a seven-point lead with only 39 seconds left in regulation but the Cougars stole the contest with 10-2 run the rest of the way. Coach Alan Major's squad began the 2013-14 campaign with an 80-75 home win over East Tennessee State. Charlotte downed Davidson on the road last season in its only bout versus a SoCon school.
This will be just the third meeting in history between these programs. Both have one win each in the all-time series.
Four different Elon players are carrying double-digit scoring averages through two games. Tanner Sampson and Lucas Troutman are pacing the Phoenix as they both have scored 34 points in two games. Samson has been lights out from the perimeter, knocking down 10-of-15 from beyond the arc and Troutman has converted 71.4 percent of his two-point field goal tries. Sebastian Koch's steady point guard play has helped him net 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals per contest, while Ryley Beaumont is the fourth- leading scorer despite his 14.5 ppg average. Although Elon has been dominant through its first two games, it has yet to face an opponent as sound as Charlotte.
The 49ers have averaged 81 ppg with a tremendously balanced effort as five different players are scoring in double figures. Point guard Pierria Henry is destined for All-Conference USA honors if he continues to post 19 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and five steals per outing. Shawn Lester is the team's second leading scorer off the bench with 14.5 ppg while Willie Clayton and Mike Thorne, Jr. are both contributing 13.5 ppg. Terrence Williams has also been a factor with 13 ppg despite hitting on only 24 percent of his field goal attempts. Tulane transfer Ben Cherry is off to a slow start. Cherry has missed all seven of his attempts from beyond the arc in a Charlotte uniform.
The Phoenix will have a tough time staying undefeated as Halton Arena has been a very difficult place for non-conference opponents to find success over the past few seasons. Elon's hot-shooting could continue versus the 49ers, who have surrendered 79 ppg, but Charlotte's off-guards could give the hosts an edge if they are able to find their shooting touch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Charlotte 80, Elon 77
11/15 10:31:38 ET