Elon (13-10) at Chattanooga (9-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKenzie Arena (10,928) -- Chattanooga, Tennessee. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Elon 9-3, Chattanooga 9-4. Away Record: Elon 4-7, Chattanooga 0-12. Neutral Record: Elon 0-0, Chattanooga 0-0. Conference Record: Elon 8-4, Chattanooga 3-9. Series Record: Chattanooga leads, 10-9.
GAME NOTES: The Chattanooga Mocs will try to notch their first win in nearly a month tonight, as they play host to the Elon Phoenix in Southern Conference play at McKenzie Arena.
Chattanooga's last victory came on January 12 against Wofford, which was its third straight victory at the time. Since then, the Mocs have dropped seven in a row, including last Saturday's 88-61 setback at first-place Davidson. However, all nine of their wins this season have come at home.
Elon notched its third straight victory and fifth in the last six tries with Monday's 82-59 rout of Appalachian State. Entering tonight's contest, the Phoenix leads the SoCon North Division by one game over UNC Greensboro. The team kicks off a three-game road swing tonight, its final extended road trip of the regular season.
Elon claimed an 88-87 home win over the Mocs on January 21. Another win here for the Phoenix would even the all-time series at 10-10.
Wanting badly to rebound from a tough loss to Appalachian State nine days earlier, Elon sent a message Monday night by scoring the game's first 11 points en route to a 23-point triumph, snapping a seven-game skid against the Mountaineers. The Phoenix did plenty right in the win, scoring 18 second- chance points on 13 offensive rebounds while also holding a key 26-8 edge in points off turnovers for the game. Elon had 21 assists on 28 buckets with only eight turnovers, while ASU was forced into 17 turnovers and was held to 35.7- percent shooting in the first half as Elon built a 16-point lead at the break and went up by as many as 28 with nine minutes to play. Mountaineers' leading scorer Omar Carter (12.7 ppg) was held to just three points on 1-of-5 shooting. Four players reached double figures for the victors, led by Sebastian Koch's season-high 21 points behind 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Jack Isenbarger continued his stellar play, finishing with 11 points and a game-high seven assists to overcome a tough shooting night (3-of-10). Isenbarger was key in helping Elon sweep its three- game homestand last week, as he averaged 23.3 points, seven rebounds and 5.6 assists to earn SoCon Player of the Week honors.
Sharp-shooter Omar Wattad leads Chattanooga with 13.0 points per game and has knocked down 67 three-pointers on the season (.383). Ricky Taylor is right on his heels with 12.8 ppg, while Drazen Zlovaric takes care of business down low with 10.0 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per tilt. With Zlovaric leading the way, the Mocs are +3.1 in rebounding margin on the year. They have also held opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the floor and 31.4 percent from beyond the arc. However, teams are averaging 9.5 threes per game against the Mocs. SoCon South Division-leading Davidson was the latest team to exploit their perimeter defense, as the Wildcats buried 17-of-40 treys (.425) on Saturday night. The Cats also held a 41-27 rebounding advantage, including 14-8 on the offensive glass. Zlovaric finished with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with a team-high six rebounds, although he was the only player in double figures for the Mocs. They simply had no answer for a Davidson squad that hit eight of its first 10 shots from the floor and went on to drain the most threes in a game by a SoCon team this season. It also marked the first time in the last nine games that Chattanooga was out-rebounded.
The first installment of the season series saw these teams combine for 175 points in a game that featured six ties and 10 lead changes. However, the Mocs continue to unravel and face a tough challenge trying to slow down the likes of Isenbarger and Koch, both of whom can hit shots from long range.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Elon 75, Chattanooga 70
02/09 10:38:55 ET