Troutman Helps Elon Cruise Past Paladins, 73-59
Elon, N.C. – Forward Lucas Troutman scored a team-high 18 points and Elon never trailed en route to a 73-59 victory over Furman in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening at Alumni Gym in snowy Elon, N.C.
The loss dropped the Paladins to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in the SoCon as Furman dipped to 0-8 on the road this season. Elon improved to 10-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The Phoenix held a 22-19 lead in the first half when Josh Bonney drained a free throw to start a 7-0 run over a 55-second span that gave Elon a 29-19 lead on Ryley Beaumont's free throws with 6:59 to play in the first half. Furman trailed just 34-25 after Charlie Reddick converted on a pair of tries at the charity stripe with 3:29 left in the period, but Elon finished the half on an 8-2 run and opened the second half with a 12-2 spurt to forge a 54-29 lead when Jack Isenbarger buried a trey with 15:22 to play.
Furman began to chip away at the Elon lead as Bobby Austin scored all of his game-high 19 points in the second half, but the Phoenix maintained their double digit margin to improve to 9-4 all-time against the Paladins.
Troutman was 8-of-11 from the floor to pace the Phoenix with 18 points while Bonney added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Beaumont tallied 10 points and nine rebounds as Elon shot 46.6% from the field and out-rebounded the Paladins 33-29. The Phoenix outscored Furman 42-16 in the paint and tallied 22 points off 15 Paladin turnovers. Furman managed just five points off nine Elon miscues.
Austin hit 6-of-8 shots in the second half, including 3-for-3 behind the arc, to lead the Paladins while fellow senior Colin Reddick added 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The Paladins connected on 42.6% of their shots, hit 6-of-15 treys and made 13-of-17 free throw attempts in the loss.
The defeat marked the Paladins' 11th consecutive regular season road loss. Furman is just 1-12 in its last 13 games away from Timmons Arena dating back to February of last season.
The Paladins will continue their road swing at UNCG on Sunday before travelling to Spartanburg, S.C., for a rematch with Wofford on January 24.
Each Paladin game will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM with Dan Scott providing play-by-play and Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game and listen to the live steaming broadcast thru Stretch Audio by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.