STATESBORO, Ga. -- Lucas Troutman netted 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting as Elon topped Georgia Southern 55-50 Wednesday in each teams' Southern Conference opener.
Elon (5-2, 1-0) has now won five of its past six games.Troutman also pulled down five rebounds and had four steals. Jack Isenbarger backed him with 12 points and four assists.Georgia Southern (2-4, 0-1) got 16 points from Tre Bussey, 13 from C.J. Reed and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Eric Ferguson.The Phoenix led 32-26 at halftime then used a 12-0 run that spanned nearly 9 minutes in the second half to take a 49-34 lead with 5:58 left.The Eagles responded with a 16-4 run and cut the lead to 53-50 with 40 seconds left on a free throw by Ferguson, but got no closer. Isenbarger iced the win with two free throws with 7 seconds left.