Phoenix falls to Wildcats in SoCon semifinals

Elon head coach Matt Matheny led his team to 15 wins this season, most in Matheny's three-year tenure at the helm of the Phoenix. Elon's season was ended by Davidson College in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. File photo by Al Drago, Staff Photographer

Davidson College used a 25-6 run in the second half to defeat the Elon Phoenix 83-67 in the semifinals of the 2012 Men’s Basketball Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C.

The Wildcats held Elon without a field goal for 11:02 while pulling away. Davidson junior forward Jake Cohen had 24 points and 5 rebounds, while junior forward De’Mon Brooks added 20 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore guard Chris Czerapowicz contributed ten points.

With the victory, Davidson advances to face Western Carolina University in the tournament finals Monday night.

Elon sophomore guard Jack Isenbarger scored a team-high 22 points. Sophomore forward Lucas Troutman added 18 points and 4 rebounds.

Davidson went into halftime with a 39-33 lead, but the Phoenix stormed out of the gate, making the score 39-38 then 41-40. The Wildcats then went on their run, with Brooks sitting out most of it with three fouls.

The Phoenix’s 2012 season comes to a close at 15-16, a high in victories under third-year head coach Matt Matheny, a former Davidson assistant. It was the final career game for senior guard Drew Spradlin, who did not score and played just 16 minutes.

Elon Men’s Basketball 2011-12 Season

  • Men’s Basketball went 15-16 overall
  • Highest win total for Head Coach Matt Matheny in his three-year career
  • Sophomore Jack Isenbarger scored in double-digits in 13 of his last 14 games
  • Drew Spradlin is the only senior leaving the Phoenix
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