College of Charleston (4-2) at Elon (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 7 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,607) -- Elon, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: CofC 2-2, Elon 3-0. Away Record: CofC 2-0, Elon 2-2. Neutral Record: CofC 0-0, Elon 0-0. Conference Record: CofC 0-0, Elon 1-0. Series Record: CofC leads, 11-5.
GAME NOTES: The College of Charleston Cougars are set to open their Southern Conference schedule tonight as they visit Alumni Gym to take on the Elon Phoenix.
Charleston is one of the nation's hottest mid-major teams at the moment. The Cougars have won three straight, including a road upset of then 21st-ranked Baylor last weekend. They preceded that victory with a win over Boston College six days earlier and followed it up with another win at Charleston Southern this past Wednesday, 72-67.
Elon opened its SoCon schedule on Wednesday night with a 55-50 win over Georgia Southern. That contest wrapped up a three-game road trip for the Phoenix, who are back on campus for a brief two-game homestand. Following this tilt, they'll host Dartmouth on Tuesday before breaking for final exams and then taking part in the 2012 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase beginning Dec. 15.
College of Charleston leads the all-time series between these two schools, 11-5.
After beating power conference schools BC and Baylor in back-to-back games, the Cougars had to sweat out Wednesday's victory over Charleston Southern. A 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play pulled the Buccaneers to within one point, but CofC sealed the win by hitting free throws down the stretch. Aside from the late surge, a 9-of-19 effort from 3-point range helped the Cougars to victory, while Charleston Southern shot just 3-of-19 from long range. Andrew Lawrence and Anthony Stitt shared team-high scoring honors with 18 points apiece. Lawrence made 4-of-10 threes and shot 6-of-6 from the foul line in addition to pulling down eight rebounds. Adjehi Baru (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Willis Hall (11 points, 7 rebounds) also chipped in.
After giving up 90 points in its previous contest against VMI, Elon clamped down defensively on Wednesday night, holding Georgia Southern to 50 points. The Phoenix held GSU to 30-percent shooting from the floor in the second half, as the Eagles went through a 10-minute stretch without a field goal. Lucas Troutman led the way with 16 points and four steals, while Jack Isenbarger finished with 12 points to help Elon win its conference opener on the road for the first time since 2006. That duo has fueled the offense during the team's hot start. Troutman is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and leads the Phoenix with 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per tilt. Isenbarger is next in line with 14.4 ppg and has knocked down 19-of-50 3-pointers (.380).
The Cougars have been impressive so far in their non-conference slate. A road win here against another solid SoCon foe would certainly prove they are for real. Slowing down Troutman and Isenbarger will be key.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 75, Elon 73
12/01 10:33:54 ET