Elon Secures North Division Crown With Win over Mocs
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Release: 02/13/2006
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Jackson Atoyebi had 11 points and five rebounds in Elon's win over Chattanooga on Monday.
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Elon 69, Chattanooga 61

ELON, N.C. ­ Scottie Rice and LeVonn Jordan each registered 13 points as Elon staved off Chattanooga 69-61 ­ clinching the Southern Conference North Division men’s basketball title ­Monday night at Alumni Gym.


Coupled with an 83-66 Western Carolina (6-6 SoCon) home loss to Appalachian State in the meantime Monday night, Elonšs triumph over the Mocs (15-12 overall, 6-6 SoCon) gave the Phoenix (13-12 overall, 9-3 SoCon) the North Division crown with two regular season games remaining. Elon won for the 11th time in 14 games since opening the season at 2-9.


Playing in their home finale, Rice and Jordan (nine rebounds) paced five Phoenix scorers in double digits. Jackson Atoyebi (11 points), Chris Chalko (11 points), Brett James (10 points, three blocked shots) and Simon Harris (nine rebounds) all turned in key performances as Elon closed out its home slate with eight consecutive wins at Alumni Gym.


With the win, the Phoenix completed a two-game season series sweep of the defending SoCon tournament champion Mocs. Competing in the SoCon for just its third year, Elon also beat Chattanooga 92-74 on the road on Jan. 9.


The Phoenix (7-0 versus the SoCon at Alumni Gym) erupted to an early 9-0 lead on a lay-up by Rasmi Gamble with 17:17 left in the first half. The Mocs answered with a 16-7 run to even the score at 16-16 on a three-pointer by Jerice Crouch with 11:19 to play in the period.


Back-to-back jumpers by Atoyebi and James put the Phoenix back up 20-16 with 10:02 remaining in the half. Chattanooga used a 7-3 spurt to tie the contest at 23-23 on a jumper by Charles Anderson with 7:36 left before the break.


James ended the run with a three-point field goal to give Elon the lead for good at 26-23 with 7:17 to go in the frame. The Phoenix went on to settle for a 34-30 halftime advantage.


Elon opened the second stanza with an 11-5 surge to extend its edge to 45-35 on an old fashioned three-point play by Jordan with 16:14 left in the contest. The Phoenix maintained an advantage of three to 10 points the rest of the way.


For the Mocs, Steve Cherry logged game highs with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Crouch added 13 points. Chattanooga only yielded 10 turnovers while forcing 17 Phoenix miscues. The Mocs outscored Elon 23-6 off turnovers.


The Phoenix fired 43.9 percent (25-for-57) from the field, including 48.0 percent (12-for-25) in the second half, while the Mocs shot 36.8 percent (21-for-57) from the floor. Elon won the battle of the boards by a 44-30 margin.


The Phoenix will visit Western Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday. Chattanooga will host Appalachian State at 7 p.m. Monday.

Story courtesy of College of Charleston sports information

Georgia Southern 91, College of Charleston 79

Charleston, S.C. – Elton Nesbitt scored 30 points, while teammate Louis Graham added 16 points and 13 rebounds leading Georgia Southern to a 91-79 win over College of Charleston in men’s Southern Conference college basketball action before 3,211 at John Kresse Arena on Monday.


With the win, the Eagles improved to a league-best 18-7 overall and 9-3 in conference play.  Charleston fell to 14-9 and 7-5.


Georgia Southern, which led 33-30 at intermission, used a 27-10 run to grab a 44-34 lead with 16:53 left on a pair of free throws by Nesbitt.  Graham’s jumper with 3:26 left gave the Eagles their largest lead at 83-69.


The Cougars got a team-high 25 points from Dontaye Draper, while David Lawrence added a team-high 11 rebounds.


The Eagles shot 48.4 percent from the floor for the game hitting 30-of-62 attempts, including 47.1 percent from 3-point land (8-17).  The Cougars, who held a slight 41-40 rebounding edge, shot 42.0 percent (29-69).


Donte Gennie added 15 points for Georgia Southern, while teammate Will Dunn scored 13 points off the bench.  For Charleston, Josh Jackson and Jermaine Johnson had 14 and 11 points each, respectively.


The Cougars play at The Citadel on Thursday at 7:15.  Georgia Southern plays at Wofford at 7:00 on Saturday.

Furman 67, Wofford 59

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Eric Webb scored 15 points as Furman made up for poor shooting from the field with plenty of free throws to beat Wofford 67-59 on Monday night.


The Paladins (14-10, 7-5 Southern Conference) shot just 39 percent (18-of-46) from the field but connected on 27 of 31 free throws, including eight straight after the Terriers cut Furman's lead to 57-55 with just under three minutes to go.


The Paladins led 51-39 with nine minutes left before Wofford (10-15, 5-7) scored the next 10 points to cut the deficit to 51-49 with 5:15 remaining.


The teams traded several baskets before Furman made eight free throws in a row to take a 65-55 lead.


Wofford shot just 13 free throws, making 10, and was 47 percent (23-of-49) from the field.


Howard Wilkerson scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Tyler Berg added 14 for the Terriers.


Robby Bostain had 14 points and Gerad Punch added 13 for Furman.

Story courtesy of Western Carolina sports information

Appalachian State 83, Western Carolina 66

Cullowhee, N.C. -- Despite a career high 28 points from Western Carolina senior Corey Muirhead, Appalachian State, which led by 17 at the break, was able to hold on to that margin for an 83-66 victory over the Catamounts Monday night at the Ramsey Activity Center. The Mountaineers, with all five starters scoring double figures including 17 from D.J. Thompson, had its best shooting game on the season, making 58.1 percent of their shots from the field and 54.4 from 3-point range.


Western jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Apps responded with a 14-0 run and never surrendered the lead the rest of the game. Nathan Cranford led the Mountaineers during the spurt, scoring 10 straight on three 3-pointers and a free throw. David Berghoefer made a free throw with 12:08 left before the break to make it an eight-point game only to have Cranford answer with a 3-pointer and the Mountaineers led by double-digits the remainder of the first half.


Appalachian State extended its 17-point halftime lead (42-25) to 20 after another Cranford 3-pointer four minutes into the second half. However, the Catamounts went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by a Muirhead dunk, sparking an ASU timeout. The Mountaineers settled down during the break in the action and pushed its advantage back to double digits on a 3-pointer by Douglas McLaughlin-Williams.


Muirhead tried to rally his Catamounts one last time, scoring six of Western’s points during an 8-0 run and throwing down another dunk. Demetrius Scott immediately answered with a layup and, after a WCU miss, Thompson sank a jumper with 2:56 left to put ASU up 12, a lead Western would not be able to overcome the remainder of the contest.


Thompson only made 4-of-12 shots from the field, but was 8-of-9 at the free throw line to score his 17 points. Cranford, who missed a career-high for 3-pointers made by one, was 5-of-7 from the field, all coming beyond the arc, and 1-of-1 at the line to score his 16 points. He added three assists and two steals. Jeremy Clayton, who scored 15 points, was 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 at the charity stripe, while getting eight rebounds and turning away four WCU shots. McLaughlin-Williams and Scott added 12 and 11 points, respectively.


For the Catamounts, Muirhead made 12-of-20 shots from the field and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Trey Hopkins was the only other Catamount in double figures, scoring 1 points.


Western Carolina will play the second of its current three-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 18, hosting SoCon North Division leader Elon at 7 pm. Also on Saturday, Western will have its annual Basketball Alumni Day, featuring the 1995-96 SoCon championship team, as well as Senior Day, honoring seniors David Berghoefer, Corey Muirhead and Jared Outing. Appalachian State will stay on the road to face Chattanooga on Feb. 20 at 7 pm.

Davidson 81, The Citadel 77

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jason Morton scored a career-high 27 points and hit all six of his 3-pointers as Davidson beat The Citadel 81-77 on Monday night.


The teams traded the lead several times in the second half before the Wildcats (15-9, 8-4 Southern Conference) went on a 14-2 run to take a 78-67 lead with under a minute to go.


The Bulldogs (7-18, 0-12) cut the deficit to 79-73 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Matt Davis and Donny McLendon combined with the Wildcats missing three of their next four free throws.


But Davidson's Kenny Grant sank two free throws with 22 seconds to go to end The Citadel's final chance.


Donny McLendon scored 26 points and J'mel Everhart had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have lost 15 of their last 16 games.


Ian Johnson scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds and Brendan Winters added 11 points for Davidson, who remains in second place in the SoCon's South Division.


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