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Elon (6-6) at Florida Atlantic (3-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 22, 1 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: FAU Arena (5,000) -- Boca Raton, Florida. Television: None. Home Record: Elon 5-1, FAU 3-1. Away Record: Elon 1-3, FAU 0-6. Neutral Record: Elon 0-2, FAU 0-2. Conference Record: Elon 0-0, FAU 0-0. Series Record: Elon leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: After putting up a school record 126 points last time out, the Elon Phoenix will try to recapture the magic when they take on the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Phoenix didn't seem to miss last time out as they rolled over USCAA foe Central Penn College, 126-78. The win ended a two-game slide for Elon, which is an even 6-6 overall, though it has gone just 1-3 on the road. The Phoenix face a big challenge next against No. 8 Duke before Southern Conference play begins.

FAU was unable to end a losing streak of its own as it fell to Stetson, 64-62, on Tuesday. The setback was the third straight for the Owls, who are sitting at just 3-9 overall. The good news in this matchup at least, is that they have earned all three of their wins at FAU Arena, where they will be again next versus Warner Southern.

Elon topped FAU 62-59, in overtime in the first-ever meeting between these programs last season.

Six players scored in double figures and the Phoenix connected on 58.6 percent of their field goal tries to earn the lopsided win over Central Penn. Elon scored 78 points in the paint and also enjoyed a 61-35 edge on the boards. Sebastian Koch finished with 21 points as the leading scorer.

Although getting back over the century mark is probably too much to ask, Elon is likely to produce in most games. The Phoenix lead all SoCon teams in scoring (82.6 ppg) while ranking 10th in the nation in field-goal percentage (.504). Lucas Troutman (16.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is the primary scorer for the unit. He was able to take more of a complementary role against Central Penn yet still finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Koch (13.9 ppg, 3.4 apg) and Tanner Samson (13.2 ppg) lend scoring depth out of the backcourt, while Ryley Beaumont (10.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) teams with Troutman on the interior.

FAU led for nearly the entire second half until Raymone Andrews nailed a 3- pointer to push Stetson ahead, 62-60, with 2:18 to play. Although the Owls tied it up with 24 seconds left, a last second layup for the Hatters sent FAU away without the victory.

The Owls don't have the same type of gaudy offensive numbers as Elon does. They are only netting 68.1 points per game and shooting at a 42.4 percent pace, ranking among the very bottom teams in Conference USA. The Owls are also weak on the boards (37.8 pg). Pablo Bertone (19.9 ppg) seems to be the only real scoring threat on the roster. That isn't such a bad thing considering he has at least 16 points in all but two games this season. Bertone finished with 18 points against Stetson, but connected on just 7-of-19 field-goal attempts. Jackson Trapp (9.8 ppg) represents the second best option, though his erratic shooting (.336) has kept him from being more successful.

With a larger stable of scorers and a more effective offensive gameplan, the Phoenix should be able to overwhelm the Owls, even on the road.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 78, Florida Atlantic 66

12/22 10:31:21 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
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SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR