Previewing Elon

NC State (9-4) returns to action tonight in a nonconference game against Elon (6-7). Pack Pride takes a closer look at the Phoenix -- tip-off is set for noon.

  • ROSTER
  • SCHEDULE
  • STATS

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G Chris Long (13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
    G Drew Spradlin (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
    F Roger Ducas (8.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
    G Terrance Birdette (5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
    F Scott Grable (3.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

    STAR WATCH
    Jack Isenberger - Freshman guard is Elon's leading scorer and comes off the bench. He has scored 20+ on five occasions this season, and he ranks eighth in the Southern Conference with 14.4 ppg. He is the top scoring freshman in the league.


    Elon Game Notes

    FREE THROWS
    • This is the 102nd season of men's basketball at Elon.
    • The Phoenix made the move to Division I competition in the 1999-2000 season.
    • The Phoenix is 34-124 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
    • This is Elon's fourth contest against an ACC opponent this season.
    • The last time Elon defeated one of the current members of the ACC was in 2005 when the Phoenix went on the road to defeat the Oliver Purnell coached Clemson Tigers, 74-69, on Dec. 30, 2005.
    • After two straight victories, Elon will be looking for its first three-game winning streak since a three-game stretch from 12/6-12/22/08.
    • With a nine-assist performance at Navy, Chris Long is averaging 7.3 apg over the last three contests.
    • Long is less than 50 points away from reach- ing 1,000 points with 956 career points.
    • Elon leads the Southern Conference in scor- ing offense with 75.9 ppg.
    • Rookie Jack Isenbarger has scored 20+ on five occasions this season. He ranks eighth in the Southern Conference with 14.4 ppg. He is the top scoring freshman in the league.
    • Drew Spradlin is tied for ninth place all-time at Elon with 109 career triples.
    • Chris Long is third on Elon's all-time career assists list with 402 helpers. He leads the team and is second in the SoCon with 4.8 apg.
    • Elon's four scholarship freshmen are all averaging double-figure minutes.

    LAST TIME OUT
    • Elon got its first-ever win over an Ivy League opponent after Chris Long drained a fade-away jumper at the buzzer to lift Elon over Columbia.
    • Trailing by 12 with just over six minutes to play, Long put on a show as he scored 11 of Elon's final 13 points in the victory. Long had 22 points and nine assists.
    • Rookie Ryley Beaumont had a personal-best eight rebounds in the contest.
    • Elon shot 63.6 percent in the second half while holding Columbia to 34.5 percent.
    • Elon ended the Lions four-game winning streak and handed them their first home loss of the season.

    THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE
    As there can only be one Phoenix at any time, please refer to the Phoenix in the singular.

    SURPASSING 900 CAREER POINTS
    Senior Chris Long is moving towards the 1,000 point plateau with 956 points. He is second on the team with 13.7 ppg.

    BUZZER BEATER
    Chris Long gave Elon a 70-69 win over Columbia when his fade-away jumper dropped through the net with 0.1 seconds on the clock. Long scored a season-best 22 points and dished nine assists in the game.

    LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
    Sophomore Daniel Watts is following in his father Craig Watts' footsteps as a Division I basketball player. The elder Watts played for NC State from 1977-81. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 boards in 115 games. Daniel's mother, Sue Watts Talley, is also an NC State graduate.

    LAST TIME VS. NC STATE
    Adam Constantine ‘10 battled for a career-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds but Elon came up on the short end of a 79-76 score against NC State. The Phoenix led by as many as 11 points in the contest, including holding a six-point edge at halftime. The lead changed hands 11 times in the second period. Chris Long had the only double-double of his career with 11 points and 11 assists.

    FROM CLOSE RANGE
    Elon averages nearly 10 made three-pointers a game and has consistently been shooting and hitting the long ball this year. Against Columbia, Elon shot only 12 triples and made only five — Elon has never made that few three-pointers in a win during the Matheny era. The last time it made five or less buckets from downtown in a win was at Ga. Southern on 2/5/09 when the Phoenix nailed four in a 57-54 victory.

    FACING THE BEST
    Elon is no stranger to tough competition, having faced off against Wake Forest, Maryland, South Carolina and the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils. Prior to Dec. 20, Elon had never faced at top-ranked team in the country or a defending national champ.

    GETTING IN ON THE ACTION
    All 17 Elon players got in on the 102-63 win over Lynchburg (12/12). Six players scored in double figures and eight different players nailed a three-pointer. Ten players had at least one assist.

    GOING DOWNTOWN
    Elon ranks fourth in the nation with 9.7 three- pointers per game. In wins, the Phoenix drains 11.0 three-pointers per game, compared to only 8.6 triples in its losses.

    DOING THE DIRTY WORK
    Sophomore Roger Dugas went to work on the glass at Navy (12/22). The forward pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds — including six on the offensive glass. He helped Elon hold a 46-27 advantage on the boards.


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