Men’s Basketball Begins Homestand This Weekend Against UNCG
ELON, NC – The Elon University males’s basketball crew begins with two house video games this Saturday, December 3 when the Phoenix UNCG hosts the UNCG at 4:00 p.m. on the Schar Center.
HOW TO FOLLOW
• Saturday’s sport can be broadcast stay on FloHoops.
• Listen to The Elon Sports Network from Learfield on The Varsity Network App.
• Longtime voice of The Phoenix, Taylor Durham, can be on the cellphone with analyst Chase Williams on the pregame present starting at 3:30pm.
• For hyperlinks to broadcast and stay stats, go to the Elon males’s basketball schedule web page at elonphoenix.com.
• More in-game updates can be supplied on Twitter by following @ElonMBasketball.
TICKETS ON SALE
• Men’s basketball season tickets at the moment are accessible for $170.
• Tickets for single matches are on sale now! Single sport tickets begin at $15 for males’s basketball.
• Fans should buy a e book with 10 ticket vouchers for $75. These coupons could also be redeemed for a ticket to any common season Elon basketball season house sport for males or girls. Use all 10 on any sport or use one coupon on 10 completely different video games. Fans may even obtain an Elon mini basketball autographed by the top coaches. These tickets characterize a financial savings of fifty p.c for males’s basketball tickets and 25 p.c for girls’s basketball over single sport costs.
• Ticket vouchers have to be redeemed for a reserved seat ticket previous to admission. This could be performed throughout common enterprise hours (MF, 9:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m.) or from 90 minutes earlier than the beginning on the field workplace of the Schar Center.
• For extra data, go to ElonTickets.com or name the Elon Ticket Office at 336-278-6750.
• Free t-shirts can be given to the primary 200 college students at Elon University on the sport. There may even be a strolling taco bar through the sport for followers.
• At halftime, followers can be entertained by Steve Max, Simon Sex’s (Simon Says) skilled caller. Max is nationwide for his appearances on tv and on NBA and NCAA basketball halves.
• Piedmont Triad rivals and former convention opponents Elon and UNCG meet for forty fourthth Time in a sequence courting to 1971-72. The Phoenix leads the all-time streak towards the Spartans 26-17.
• UNCG have received their final 4 competitions towards Maroon and Gold, together with final yr’s 71-64 win in Greensboro.
• Elon’s final win of the sequence got here in 2015/16. The Phoenix defeated the Spartans 79-69 at Alumni Gym. Christian Hairston accelerated the Phoenix with a game-high 17 factors on an environment friendly 7-on-10 shootout, whereas Tyler Seibring and Steven Santa Ana every added 13 factors. Luke Eddy scored eight factors and dished out a sport excessive with 9 assists.
• Elon head coach Billy Taylor coached an exhibition sport towards UNCG whereas he was Belmont Abbey head coach within the 2016-17 season.
• The Phoenix had two excellent performances by freshman Max Mackinnon and second graders Sam Sherrybut it surely wasn’t sufficient as Maroon and Gold suffered an 84-70 setback on the High Point on Wednesday, November thirtieth.
• Mackinnon had his first double-double of his profession after scoring one sport and posting a season-best 24 factors whereas catching 12 rebounds. The Brisbane, Australia native shot 9 of 17 from the sphere and likewise dished out three assists.
• Sherry added his second straight double-digit because the Mechanicsburger, Pennsylvania native set a profession excessive with 19 factors and simply missed a double-double with 9 rebounds, together with six on offense.
• Sean Halloran had 13 factors and a season-high seven assists for the Phoenix. The Orlando, Fla. native additionally had a few steals, his fifth multi-steal sport.
• Elon received the battle on the Glass, 42-37, over the Panthers. It was the primary sport the Phoenix had had a optimistic rebound lead over his opponent since passing Erskine 49-32 within the season opener.
• With the loss, Phoenix fell to 81-96 all-time towards their Triad rivals, with High Point profitable three of their final 4 video games.
START OF THE BILLY TAYLOR ERA
• Taylor named nineteenthth Phoenix head coach on April 15, 2022. Taylor joined Phoenix after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach on the University of Iowa.
• Before becoming a member of the Hawkeyes, Taylor was the top coach at Lehigh University for 5 years, adopted by six years as head coach at Ball State University and three years at Belmont Abbey College.
• During his time in Iowa, the Hawkeyes have been top-of-the-line offensive groups within the nation, ending fifth in nationwide factors averages in each 2021 (83.7) and 2022 (83.2). The program additionally led the nation in each seasons in support-to-sales ratio.
• Taylor was a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (2003, 2004) and guided Lehigh to each regular-season and event titles in 2004 and obtained an NCAA bid that season. He additionally led Ball State to the 2009 MAC West Division crown.
• Halloran stays the Phoenix’s high scorer at 12.5 factors per sport after his third straight sport of double-digit targets towards High Point. The grad scholar can be the crew’s high playmaker with 36 assists (4.5 apg), good for third place within the CAA. He can be third within the league in assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.4.
• Halloran has scored (100) or ready (36) on practically 26 p.c of Elon’s whole factors this season (136 of 533).
• Sherry began the season for the fourth time towards High Point and scored his second straight double-digit targets towards the Panthers. His six offensive rebounds have been probably the most for the Phoenix this season and probably the most since Simon Wright additionally tore down six offensive boards towards Towson in 2020.
• Mackinnon turned the primary participant to have a double-double for Phoenix this season and the primary since Michael Graham had one towards Northeastern on Feb. 26. He additionally turned the primary freshman with a double-double since hunters forest had a 20-point, 15-rebound contest towards William & Mary on the 2020 CAA event.
• Torrence Watson is the Phoenix’s second-best scorer with 11.1 factors per sport and the crew’s main rebounder with 5.3 boards per contest.
TIP TO OPEN
• Elon is returning seven winners from final yr’s crew, together with 5 seniors. Notable returnees for Maroon and Gold embody a graduate scholar Torrence Watson and seniors Zac Erwin. Both gamers are the main returning scorers for Elon with 9.2 and seven.1 factors per sport, respectively.
• The Phoenix additionally welcomes Redshirt again Jerald Gillens Butler, who’s hoping to get again in form after incomes an honorable point out from the All-Colonial Athletic Association final yr. The Orlando, Fla. native got here on in simply 10 video games final yr after lacking many of the earlier season by harm.
• Two graduate transfers may have a right away affect on Phoenix this season. Sean Halloran involves the Phoenix after a distinguished four-year profession at Belmont Abbey. A local of Orlando, Fla., he completed his profession with the Crusaders because the all-time chief and helped this system win two consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament championships and three straight NCAA event appearances. He rounded out his profession averaging 14.4 factors per sport as a senior and completed his profession with 1,422 factors.
• one other change of graduates, John Bowen III, brings to the Phoenix entrance line at 6-foot-9 and 215 kilos tall. A local of Bladenboro, NC, he final performed with UNCW in 2019-20, showing in 28 of 32 video games. Prior to UNCW, Bowen III was a teammate with Halloran at Belmont Abbey and averaged 8.9 factors per sport and 5.5 rebounds per contest in 2018-19 whereas beginning 27 of 28 video games.
• Just a few newcomers may even attempt to make a distinction in 2022-23 for Maroon and Gold. Max Mackinnon is a 6ft 5 swingman from Brisbane, Australia, the place he received back-to-back gold medals with the Australia U20 nationwide crew. He was additionally named an All-Star 5 on the Australian National Championship.
• Another freshman, LA Pratt, is a 6-foot-5 safety guard from Columbus, Ohio who was a three-time All-4A crew member and three-time convention champion at Lincoln Park High School. He scored over 1,000 factors in highschool and helped lead this system to 2 WPIAL championship appearances and two state semifinal appearances.
SCOUTING UNCG • The Spartans (3-5) suffered a 73-56 setback towards crosstown rivals North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The loss was the third straight for UNCG, who’re within the midst of a six-game street swing.
• UNCG was 17-15 total final season and 9-9 total within the Southern Conference. This yr, the Spartans completed third within the 2022 SoCon Preseason Poll.
• As a crew, UNCG averages 66.4 factors per sport on 40 p.c capturing and simply over 30 p.c from three. Three gamers rating double digits for the Keondre Kennedy-led Spartans at 15.4 factors per sport. The grad scholar additionally has a team-high 7.3 rebounds per sport and shoots practically 90 p.c from the free throw line (29 of 33).
• Senior Keyshaun Langley is the Spartans’ second-best scorer at 11.1 ppg and had his crew’s finest efficiency of the season with 18 three-pointers. Junior Mikeal Brown-Jones is third on the crew with 10.0 factors per sport regardless of not beginning a sport this season.
• Head coach Mike Jones is in his second season on the helm of the UNCG males’s basketball program. Jones led the Spartans to a postseason look on the Roman College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
NEXT The Phoenix will relaxation for over per week for ultimate trials earlier than returning to the course to host Johnson & Wales (NC) on Sunday December eleventh. Game time is scheduled for two:00 p.m