Wofford (7-11) at Elon (10-7)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,607) -- Elon, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 4-1, Elon 6-2. Away Record: Wofford 2-10, Elon 4-4. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-0, Elon 0-1. Conference Record: Wofford 1-4, Elon 3-2. Series Record: Elon leads, 29-19.
GAME NOTES: The Elon Phoenix try for a third consecutive victory when they challenge the Wofford Terriers on Saturday night in Southern Conference action.
Elon has won each of its last two games by double digits, most recently winning at home over Furman (73-59) on Thursday night. Lucas Troutman scored 18 points. Also reaching double figures for Elon was Josh Bonney with 15 points and Ryley Beaumont with 10, the latter making up for just 4-of-12 shooting from the floor by pulling down nine rebounds.
Jack Isenbarger is closing in on a milestone for the Phoenix. He comes into this game 22 points shy of becoming the 35th player in Elon's 104-year history of men's basketball to attain the 1,000-point milestone. Troutman (15.3 ppg) leads the team in scoring, followed by Isenbarger (13.8) and Beaumont (10.6). Beaumont also leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per outing. Sebastian Koch (8.6 ppg) is also part of the starting lineup, as is Sebastian Koch (7.4 ppg). The Phoenix is averaging 70.1 points a game, while giving up 65.1. Elon is second in the SoCon in free throw shooting, making 72.2 percent of its attempts and is tied for first in field goal defense by holding opponents to just 40.7 percent shooting. The problem, though, has been perimeter defense. Elon is next-to-last in guarding the 3-point line, allowing teams to make 37.1 percent from distance.
The Terriers have lost back-to-back contests, including Wednesday's 71-52 decision at UNC Greensboro. This clash marks the conclusion of a three-game road trip. On Wednesday, Spencer Collins totaled 12 points and Karl Cochran tacked on 11 for Wofford, which has lost six of its last seven.
Cochran is leading the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg. Lee Skinner grabs a team-best 7.4 rpg and adds 11.3 ppg. Wofford averages just 59 ppg, which is last among the 12 teams in the SoCon. On a positive note, the Terriers are allowing just 59.8 ppg, which is the best yield in the conference. They're shooting 39.1 percent from the floor, which is the worst mark in the league. Cochran leads the conference with 2.3 steals per game.
Wofford went on an incredible 24-1 run in the first half of a 72-59 win over Elon on Feb. 15, 2012. Wofford has won the last four meetings in this series, but the Phoenix has been playing well the last two games and look for that trend to continue.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 72, Wofford 62
01/19 11:05:23 ET
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