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Four Citadel Starters Top Double Figures in Road Setback to Elon

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Elon's Lucas Troutman registered a game-high 19 points including six in the final five minutes of the contest as the Phoenix earned a 74-65 victory over The Citadel in Saturday night Southern Conference basketball action.

Troutman, who finished 6-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-8 at the charity stripe, was one of three Elon players to top double figures along with Jack Isenbarger (15 points) and Sebastian Koch (14).

Leading 59-47 at the 9:09 mark, Elon weathered a 9-4 Citadel run that included a Marshall Harris III 3-pointer and a turnaround jumper by Tom Koopman that cut the deficit to seven with just under five minutes remaining.

Troutman drove past The Citadel (4-14, 0-3 SoCon) defense to push the lead to 65-56 and followed a Harris layup with a pair of free throws to keep the margin just under double figures.

After a missed opportunity on the offensive end for the Bulldogs, Isenbarger and Troutman combined for the seven of the next nine points of the contest as Elon moved out in front 74-60.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a free throw my Harris and consecutive layups by Quinton Marshall and Matt Van Scyoc to make for the 74-65 final.

Elon (9-8, 2-1 SoCon) earned their sixth straight win the all-time series by virtue of 25-of-62 (40.3%) shooting from the floor. The Phoenix also drained 9-of-31 (29%) from beyond the arc led by Koch (4-8) and Isenbarger (3-7).

The Citadel converted 50 percent (27-54) from the field for the 15th time in league play under head coach Chuck Driesell. Four Bulldogs, led by Van Scyoc (16 points), reached double figures in scoring. Among those double-digit scorers included Brian White (13), Quinton Marshall (11) and Ashton Moore (10).

The Bulldogs crashed the boards for 36 team rebounds, three more than Elon, led by White (eight) and Van Scyoc (seven).

A seven-point halftime deficit for The Citadel quickly turned to 10 as Elon pieced together a 5-2 run in the first 2:11 of the contest to force the Bulldogs to spend their first timeout trailing 41-31.

The Phoenix pushed the margin to 15 points following free throws by Troutman and an old-fashioned 3-pointer by Austin Hamilton.

Points in the paint by Van Scyoc, White and Marshall drew the Dogs back within single digits, 47-39, before Keith Blake and Isenbarger teamed to score four straight and make for a 13-point advantage.

The Citadel again came through with a solid shooting first half, hitting 12-of-21 (57.1%) from the floor and 2-of-4 (50%) from beyond the arc. That performance comes on the heels of a 56 percent (14-25) against Wofford.

The Bulldogs were led offensively by the duo of Van Scyoc and Moore who scored seven points apiece and knocked down one 3-pointer respectively. The Citadel also limited itself to seven turnovers in the opening frame and climbed the glass for 14 rebounds (12 defensive).

Elon's offense was paced by a 14-point outing by Koch, who converted 5-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-7 from downtown. The Phoenix closed out the first half by hitting 14-of-31 (45.2%) from the field and 6-of-18 (33.3%) from beyond the arc.

The Citadel established itself early on behind four points each by Moore and Van Scyoc as they built a 10-5 lead by the 16:05 mark.

Elon countered with a 6-2 run over the next 5:52 of the contest, following baskets by Beaumont, Isenbarger and Ryan Winters to move within one point of the lead.

A series of layups by White and Koopman helped stretch The Citadel lead to four, 15-11, before a Van Scyoc trey with 8:17 remaining to make for the largest advantage of the frame.

The Phoenix retaliated by scoring the next seven unanswered, knotting the contest at 18-18 on an Isenbarger 3-pointer.

An up-and-under layup by P.J. Horgan gave the Dogs a two-point advantage, but it was an 11-3 run by the Phoenix that included three 3-pointers, two off the hand of Koch, that provided Elon with a 31-25 lead.

The Citadel used four points by White in the final 1:18 of the half to move within 36-29 of the Phoenix at the intermission.

The Citadel wraps up its three-game road stretch on Thursday, Jan. 16 at UNCG. The Bulldogs then return McAlister Field House two days later when they face in-state and Upstate rival Furman at 7:05.

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