Princeton (5-7) at Elon (8-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Site: Alumni Gym (1,607) -- Elon, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 2-3, Elon 5-1. Away Record: Princeton 3-3, Elon 3-3. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-1, Elon 0-1. Conference Record: Princeton 0-0, Elon 0-0. Series Record: Elon leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers will try to get back into the win column on Saturday afternoon, as they pay a visit to the Elon Phoenix in non-conference action.
Princeton saw its modest two-game win streak come to an end last Sunday against Akron, 62-58. Denton Koon finished with 16 points for the Tigers, who are just 5-7 on the season.
Ian Hummer added 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the loss, while Hans Brase chipped in with 10 points.
Elon, meanwhile, has won two in a row following a lopsided 84-49 victory over Manchester on Monday. Ryley Beaumont recorded his second double-double of the season in the win with 11 points and 12 boards, while Jack Isenbarger scored a team-best 14 points on 5-of-12 field goal efficiency.
Additionally, Lucas Troutman finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks, and Sebastian Koch ended the day with 13 points. Austin Hamilton also recorded a career-high nine assists to go along with six points.
The Phoenix will be looking to win back-to-back games against Princeton after topping the Tigers last season in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Elon shot 51 percent from the field against Manchester, which included a 10- of-33 showing from 3-point range. The Phoenix held the Spartans to just 35 percent shooting overall, and forced 18 turnovers that led to 23 points. In all, Elon had 12 players score in the contest, as Kevin Blake, Aaron Smith and John Moody all reached career-high scoring marks. Elon also won the battle on the boards, 41-33, as the team improved to 3-1 on the year when winning the rebounding battle.
As a team, Elon does not shoot the ball particularly well. The Phoenix connect on only 41.0 percent of their field goal attempts, but have still managed to score a respectable 69.5 ppg. Elon has managed that by throwing up a large number of attempts from beyond the arc, as it is 105-of-316 from 3-point range At the other end, the Phoenix limit foes to a similar field goal percentage (.398) and only 63.5 ppg. Troutman (14.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Isenbarger (14.5 ppg) are the top scoring options on the roster.
Despite the loss to Akron, Princeton connected on better than 40 percent of its shots for the sixth straight game. Hummer, who has won Ivy League Player of the Week honors three times already this season, hit 5-of-13 shots in the setback and is the lone double-digit scorer for the Tigers with 15.3 ppg. He is also first on the team with 6.7 rpg, 58 assists and 12 blocks, so there's little he can't and won't do for the Tigers. Hummer helped Princeton win the rebounding battle for the third straight game. Defensively, the Tigers have held the competition to just 58.6 ppg, based on 42.4 percent shooting from the field. They also won the rebounding battle for the third straight game in the loss to Akron.
If the Tigers want to be competitive in this meeting they'll need more than just Hummer to make it happen. It's hard to gauge Elon after its win over Manchester, but it should be able to get past Princeton nonetheless.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 73, Princeton 65
01/05 10:38:26 ET