Monday, March 18, 2013

CIT Matchup: Canisius First-Round Foe is Tall Elon

Here's another in the series previewing opponents of MAAC teams in upcoming post-season tournaments.

Up now, the Canisius foe for a first-round Tournament (CIT) ...


GAME INFORMATION: Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center on the Canisius campus. It's the program's first home game for a postseason tournament since March 23, 1995 when Canisius defeated Washington State in Buffalo's old Menorial Auditorium in the NIT quarterfinals.

TEAM RECORDS: Elon is 21-11 overall, Canisius is 18-13.

ELON'S KEY PLAYERS: 6-10 junior forward Lucas Troutman (15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), 6-7 junior forward Riley Beaumont (11.5, 7.0), 6-2 junior guard Jac Isenbarger (13.2, 3.3, 2.7 assists), 6-8 junior guard Sebastian Koch (9.6, 4.6), 6-4 sophomore guard Tanner Sason (7.1, 3.3), 6-7 sophomore forward Ryan Winters (3.0, 2.3), 5-10 senior guard Josh Bonner (3.6, 0.7).

ELON NOTES: The Phoenix are making their first-ever national post-season appearance since moving to the the Division I level 14 years ago ... The team's 21-victory total thus far is its most since the 1973-74 season ... Elon won the Southern Conference's North Division title, but lost in its league's post-season tournament to College of Charleston in the semifinal round ... Elon played the second half of the season without starting point guard Austin Hamilton, who went down with an ACL injury  ... The Phoenix don't go more than seven deep, and only six active players average more than nine minutes of playing time per game on the season ... Elon is extremely tall, and might have more height in its starting lineup than any MAAC team Canisius saw this year. It averages more than 6-foot-6 per starter and lists the 6-8 Koch as a guard, and he has made 67 three-pointers so far this season...

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