Dec 20, 2012; Durham, NC, USA; Elon Phoenix head coach Matt Matheny reacts on the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers hope to rise up against Elon Phoenix


The Charlotte 49ers should have won at College of Charleston on Tuesday.  There’s no doubt about it.  But a mix of untimely misses and free throw woes by the Niners and clutch shooting by the Cougars came together and equaled a 83-82 CofC victory, capped by a layup by Charlotte native Willis Hall with a second remaining.

It’s time to erase that, though.

Coming to Halton Arena this afternoon at 4: the Southern Conference’s Elon Phoenix, finally ready to step out of the shadows of the Davidson Wildcats (bound the A-10).  The league’s coaches and media both think that the Phoenix (21-12 and a CIT team last year) are the favorite to win the league crown in 2013-14.

Who would bet against them at this point?  Leading the way for former Davidson assistant Matt Matheny are the trio of Ryley Beaumont, Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman (combined for 40.1 ppg and 15.8 rpg last season), along with German sharpshooter Sebastian Koch (44.4% from deep in 2012-13).


The basketball game will be part of a busy day around Niner Nation:
–The men’s soccer team will be in action across the street at Transamerica Field later that night in the C-USA semifinals.  Charlotte and Kentucky kick off at 7:30 with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship game.
–After basketball, the volleyball team hosts Senior Night at 7pm against Southern Miss.  Taylor Cannon and Amanda Videmsek play their final home games of their collegiate careers.


Charlotte commits and local products Torin Dorn and Keyshawn Woods inked their NLIs yesterday, the second day of the early signing period for college basketball recruits. On the women’s side, three players put pen to paper and made it official: guards Griffin Dempsey (Huntington (WV) St. Joseph Central Catholic) and Amaya Ransom (Virginia Beach (VA) Landstown), and center Mintrell McCoy (Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt).

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