Elon will open the 2022 CAA tournament against UNCW on Sunday

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March 6 | 6:00 p.m
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ELON, NC – Elon University men’s basketball opens the 2022 Jersey Mike’s Subs CAA Championship on Sunday, March 6 when it travels to Washington, DC at 6 p.m. for a matchup with second-place UNCW.

COVER

– Listen to Elon Sports Network coverage of Learfield on The Varsity Network app.
– Longtime Voice of the Phoenix, Taylor Durhamwill be on the phone with the Carter and Smith Group countdown to tipoff beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.
– Elon’s game against UNCW will be streamed live on FloSports.
Live statistics are available and can be found at https://elonstats.com.
– Tickets for all sessions for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship are available now and can be purchased by calling the Elon Ticket Office at (336) 278-6750. Individual tickets are also available and can be purchased by clicking here.

THE MATCHUP

– Sunday evening marks the 28thth Meeting between Elon and UNCW.
– The Phoenix currently leads the Seahawks in the all-time series 14-13.
– At the most recent meeting between the two programs, Elon started February with a bang when he defeated the then CAA-leading UNCW Seahawks, 78-65, on Thursday, February 3 in front of a lively crowd at the Schar Center. The win eclipsed UNCW’s program record of 12 straight wins and was their first loss in conference play.
Darius Burford led the charge for the Phoenix, dropping a career-high 27 points and adding five rebounds, four steals and three assists. The sophomore also set a new career high with 13 field goals and shot a stunning 13-of-17 from the floor in the win.
Hunter McIntosh finished the night with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes. McIntosh took over Elon on the stretch and scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, including 13 points in the last six minutes.
Michael Graham continued his strong game, hitting his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Zac Erwin scored eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes as a freshman Sam Sherry ended with six points and one rebound in 12 minutes.

SEARCH ELON
– Junior Guard and All-CAA Third Team Honoree Hunter McIntosh is second on the team with 13.3 points per game and adds 2.8 assists per contest. McIntosh has hit double digits in 54 career games, including 20 times this season. He is currently ranked sixth in the conference with 15.1 ppg in 18 CAA competitions this year. In the entire history of Elon programming, McIntosh is currently ranked 7thth made in threes (217) and 35th in the rating (1,105 points).
– All-CAA Third Team Honoree Darius Burford currently leads the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (3.0 apg), and steals (1.5 ppg). Burford also ranks third on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg). The sophomore has 20 goals in double digits and has at least two steals in 12 games this season. His scoring average of 15.7 ppg in conference play also ranks him fifth in the CAA.
– Sophomore Center Michael Graham ranks third on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) while leading the team in rebounding with 6.9 rpg. Graham has registered seven double-doubles this season and has at least 10 points in 16 games. His 7.4 rebound average ranks fourth in the CAA during conference play.
Torrence Watson is fourth on the team with 9.2 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per contest. Watson has made it to the charity streak 61 times this season, knocking down 52 of his attempts for a team-high 85.2 free throw percentage.
– junior forward Zac Erwin is fifth on the team averaging 7.1 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per contest. Ervin has downed 48 three-pointers so far this season while shooting from long range at 34.8 percent range.
– junior forward hunters forest has 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.0 minutes in 30 games this season. Woods is also currently second on the team this season with 30 total steals.
– Senior striker Chuck Hannah averaged 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game.
– study center Sam Sherry got his Elon career off to a solid start, averaging 2.5 points in just under eight minutes of action per game.
– Elon set a program record for points in flock center (107), threes (20), and assists (27) in his home game against Randolph.
– Seniors Chuck Hannah and Kris Wooton will serve as team captain for the 2021/22 season.
– This season is the third for Head Coach Mike Schrag at the forefront of the Elon program.



SCOUTING UNCW
– UNCW enters the contest with a 21-8 overall record and a 15-3 mark in CAA play after beating Delaware 69-62 in their last contest.
– The Seahawks earned second place in the CAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with Towson as CAA Co-Champions.
– Takayo Siddle is in the middle of his second season at the helm of the UNCW program. Siddle spent three years as an assistant coach at NC State before overseeing the Seahawks program.
– The Seahawks are led by Jaylen Sims, who leads the team with 15.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg rebounds. UNCW has also received contributions from Mike Okauru (12.8 ppg and 3.9 rpg) and Shykeim Phillips (11.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg) so far this season.

LAST TIME-OUT
– Elon University men’s basketball ran wire to wire to secure their second straight win on Saturday, February 26. He defeated Northeastern 67-54 at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass of the season after defeating Hofstra, 81-55, on Thursday, February 24th.
Hunter McIntosh led the charge for the Phoenix, hitting five threes en route to a 21-point performance for the junior. It was McIntosh’s fifth 20-plus point performance of the season and marked their 54thth Game in his Elon career in which he scored at least 10 points. His five threes in the afternoon also marked the sixth game this season in which he has hit at least five threes.
Darius Burford added 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes. Burford has now had at least 15 points in four straight games and in 14 total competitions this season.
Michael Graham added 10 points, 10 rebounds and two assists while blocking two shots. The performance was on the 16thth Graham hit double digits in his career, marking his seventh double-double of the season.
hunters forest Chipped in eight points, two rebounds and two dimes while Kris Wooton ended up with seven points and three boards.
– Elon had an advantage in points in suit (28-22), points in turnovers (13-6) and bank points (18-5).
– The Phoenix defenders allowed a season-low 24.1 percent in the first half.



CAA POSTSEASON AWARDS
– Elon Junior Guard Hunter McIntosh was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year and All-Conference Third Team by the Colonial Athletic Association while serving as a sophomore Darius Burford also earned third-team All-CAA honors, the league office announced on Friday, March 4.
– McIntosh was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the conference after graduating with a finance degree after just two and a half years at Elon. The junior was inducted into the CAA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, AD Honor Roll, and Presidential Roll in each of his five semesters on campus, graduating summa cum laude last December. The two-time Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Award recipient is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Analytics. With this honor, McIntosh becomes only the second player in Elon history to win the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, alongside Tyler Sebring ’19, who won the award twice (2017, 2019).
– After a stellar third season on the court for Phoenix, McIntosh earned all conference honors for the third time in his career after being named to the second-team All-CAA last season and being named the conference’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in Year 2019. McIntosh finished the year second on the team with 13.3 ppg and also placed 10thth overall in the CAA. The junior from Snellville, Georgia, also ranked in the top three in the conference for three-point field goal percentage (37.8% – 2nd place).nd) and three-point field goals per game (2.7 – 3approx). McIntosh has started in all of Elon’s 31 games this season and has scored 20 goals in double digits. Against James Madison on February 10, McIntosh scored his 1,000th Career point and only finishes 46thth Players in the program history to accomplish the feat. He is one of only seven active players in the CAA to have scored at least 1,000 points in their career.
– In just his second season with Elon, Burford earned third-team All-CAA honors after being named to the all-rookie team last season. Burford finished the year by leading the team with 13.7 points per game (fifth in CAA) while ranking second in the conference for field goal percentage (46.3%). The sophomore from Bolingbrook, Illinois has had 20 double-digit team bests, including seven 20+ point performances as the team leader. Against Drexel on February 19, Burford lost a career-high 31 points and added eight rebounds to the contest. Burford was the only Phoenix to earn Player of the Week honors this year, as the runner-up earned the award after a 23-point performance to guide Elon to a win in the December 29 conference opener against Northeastern.
– Other honorees included Aaron Estrada (Hofstra – Player of the Year), Jyare Davis (Delaware – Rookie of the Year), Amari Williams (Drexel – Defensive Player of the Year), Zach Cooks (Hofstra – Sixers of the Year), Matey Juric (Drexel – Dean Ehlers Leadership Award) and Takayo Siddle (UNCW – Coach of the Year).
– Visit caasports.com for a full list of this year’s All-Conference award winners.



THE FACES OF 2021-22
– Elon brought back three starters Chuck HannahAll-CAA Second Team honoree Hunter McIntosh and CAA All-Rookie selection Darius Burford.
– Other returnees for the Phoenix are seniors Jerald Gillens Butler, Kris Wooton and Charlie Mendys, juniors Ben Daugherty, Hunter Woods and Zac Erwinand second graders Michael Graham and YesDun Michael.
-Additionally, the maroon and gold welcomes five new additions to the Mizzou transfer squad Torrence WatsonTransfer of the State of Mississippi Andrew Junkin and freshmen RJ North, Sam Sherry and Reece Clark.


COMING SOON
– The Phoenix will then prepare for the upcoming CAA tournament which is scheduled to start on March 5th. After finishing seventh in the row, Elon will play its first contest of the tournament on March 6 against UNCW.

–ELON–

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