FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Hanna Center (5,000) -- Birmingham, Alabama.
Television: None. Home Record: Elon 11-2, Samford 6-5. Away Record: Elon 7-6,
Samford 4-10. Neutral Record: Elon 0-0, Samford 0-2. Conference Record: Elon
11-3, Samford 8-6. Series Record: Samford leads, 7-2.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams look to extend winning streaks when the Elon Phoenix
battle the Samford Bulldogs in Southern Conference action at the Pete Hanna
Center Thursday night.
Elon has ripped off victories in three straight games and seven of its last
eight to rise to 18-8 overall and 11-3 in league play. That mark in conference
action has the Phoenix atop the North Division and second only to Davidson
(15-1) in league play.
As for the Bulldogs, they have won back-to-back games after a four-game losing
streak. Even with the brief winning streak Samford is still just 10-17
overall, while closer to the middle of the conference standings with a record
of 8-6 against SoCon teams. At home Samford has just a 6-5 record though it
has won three of its last four at the Pete Hanna Center.
In a clash earlier this month Elon came away with a 77-66 victory at Alumni
Gym for just its second victory all-time against the Bulldogs. Samford now
leads the series, 7-2.
This past Saturday Elon outlasted Western Carolina, 80-73, in overtime to keep
its winning streak alive. Jack Isenbarger nailed a pair of free throws with 24
seconds left to pull Elon even at the end of regulation as a Trey Sumler
buzzer-beater attempt was off the mark. In the extra session the Phoenix hit
3-of-4 shots from the floor and 9-of-13 from the charity stripe to secure the
Isenbarger (13.9 ppg) is one of three players scoring in double figures for
Elon although he is shooting just 36.4 percent from the floor. Isenbarger's
erratic shooting has made him an inconsistent scorer as has been the case
lately, failing to score in double figures in three of the last four games.
Lucas Troutman (15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is actually the leading scorer on the
roster, while Ryley Beaumont (11.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) helps Troutman anchor the
frontcourt. As a team the Phoenix are scoring just under 70 points per game,
while handing out the second most assists in the SoCon (13.7 pg). Defensively
the Phoenix hold teams to 64.5 points per game on just over 40 percent
In its last outing, Samford held Furman to just 17 field goals on 37.8 percent
shooting in a 64-53 road win over the Paladins. Led by 19 points from Clide
Geffrard Jr. and a double-double from Tim Williams, the Bulldogs netted 47.1
percent of their own field-goal attempts, while holding a 37-23 edge in
Samford is one of the worst offensive teams in the conference, putting in just
61 points per game. The Bulldogs' rebounding edge against Furman was out of
the ordinary for the worst rebounding team in the conference (28.3 pg) and one
of the five worst in the nation overall. Raijon Kelly (14.3 ppg, 4.6 apg) and
Williams (14.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg) form a solid inside-outside combination as the
two top scorers on the roster. Kelly managed 17 points against Furman and has
now scored at least 17 points in four of the last five contests. Geffrard
(11.1 ppg) has turned it one of late scoring in double figures in a season-
long six straight games.
The Phoenix are simply playing better basketball right now and behind Troutman
and company, they should earn the road win here.