Phoenix Launches Billy Taylor Era Against Erskine

ELON, NC – The Elon University men’s basketball team officially launches the 2022-23 season and the Billy Taylor era against Erskine on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm at Schar Center.

HOW TO FOLLOW

• Monday’s game will be streamed live on FloHoops via a paid subscription.
• Listen to the Elon Sports Network from Learfield IMG College’s coverage on The Varsity Network app.
• Longtime voice of the Phoenix, Taylor Durham, will be on the call with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 pm
• Links for the broadcast and live stats can be found on the Elon men’s basketball schedule page at elonphoenix.com.
• Other in-game updates will be provided on Twitter by following @ElonMBasketball.

TICKET ON SALE

• Season tickets are now on sale for $170 for men’s basketball. Single-game tickets begin at $15.
• Fans are able to purchase a book of 10 ticket vouchers for $75. These vouchers are redeemable for a ticket to any Elon men’s or women’s basketball regular season home game. Use all 10 for any one game, or use one voucher for 10 different games. Fans will also receive an Elon mini autographed basketball from the head coaches. These tickets represent a 50 percent savings for men’s basketball tickets and a 25 percent savings for women’s basketball vs. single-game prices.
• Ticket vouchers must be redeemed for a reserved seat ticket prior to entry. This can be done at the Schar Center Box Office during regular business hours (MF, 9 am-5 pm) or starting 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
• For more information, visit ElonTickets.com or call the Elon Ticket Office at 336-278-6750.

THE MATCHUP

• Monday night marks the 19th time that Elon and Erskine have faced each other on the basketball hardwood. The maroon and gold holds a 12-6 all-time advantage over the Flying Fleet.
• The two teams last met in the 2007-08 season with Elon coming away with a 77-58 victory. It was the lone meeting between the two programs since Elon became a member of Division I in 1999-2000.

LAUNCHING THE BILLY TAYLOR ERA

• Taylor was named the 19th head coach of the Phoenix on April 15, 2022. Taylor arrived to the Phoenix after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.
• Prior to working with the Hawkeyes, Taylor spent five years as head coach at Lehigh University followed by six seasons as the head coach at Ball State University and three at Belmont Abbey College.
• In his time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes ranked as one of the top offensive teams in the country, ranking fifth nationally in scoring average in both 2021 (83.7) and 2022 (83.2). The program also led the country in assist-to-turnover ratio in both seasons.
• Taylor was a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (2003, 2004) and led Lehigh to both the regular season and tournament titles in 2004, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament that season. He also guided Ball State to the 2009 MAC West Division crown.

SCOUTING ELON

• Elon welcomes back seven letter winners from last year’s team including five upper class men. Among the notable returners for the maroon and gold includes graduate student Torrence Watson and senior Zac Ervin. Both players are the leading returning scorers for Elon at 9.2 and 7.1 points per game, respectively.
• The Phoenix also welcomes back redshirt senior Jerald Gillens-Butler, who hopes to return to form after being named a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association honorable mention prior to last year. The Orlando, Fla., native appeared in only 10 games last year after missing most of the prior season due to an injury.
• A pair of graduate transfers will look to make an immediate impact for the Phoenix this season. Sean Halloran arrives to the Phoenix after an outstanding four-year career at Belmont Abbey. The Orlando, Fla., native finished as the all-time career assist leader with the Crusaders while helping the program to back-to-back Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships and three straight NCAA tournament appearances. He rounded out his senior season averaging 14.4 points per game and concluded his career with 1,422 points.
• Another graduate transfer, John Bowen III, brings size to the Phoenix front line at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds. The Bladenboro, NC, native last played at UNCW in 2019-20 and appeared in 28 out of 32 games. Prior to UNCW, Bowen III was a teammate of Halloran’s at Belmont Abbey and averaged 8.9 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per contest in 2018-19 while starting 27-of-28 games.
• A pair of freshmen will also look to make an impact for the maroon and gold in 2022-23. Max Mackinnon is a 6-foot-5 swingman from Brisbane, Australia, where he won back-to-back gold medals with the U20 Australian National Team. He was also named an All-Star 5 at the Australian National Championship.
• Another freshman, LA Pratt, is a 6-foot-5 guard from Columbus, Ohio, who was a three-time All-4A Team member and three-time conference champion at Lincoln Park High School. He scored over 1,000 points in high school and helped guide the program to two WPIAL Championship appearances and two state semifinal appearances.

SCOUTING ERSKINE

• Located in Due West, SC, Erskine College is a Division II school that competes in the Conference Carolinas.
• The Flying Fleet is coming off a 4-24 ledger from last season while going 4-20 overall during conference play. Last season, Erskine averaged 71.7 points per game while shooting .393 percent from the field and .309 percent from three.
• Lee Sartor is in his fifth season at the helm of the Erskine men’s basketball program.

UP NEXT

Elon will travel to the Asheville Championship for a pair of games beginning on Friday, Nov. 11 versus ETSU at 8:30 pm The winner between the Phoenix and the Buccaneers will advance to the championship game of the tournament and face either Harvard or Louisiana on Sunday, Nov 13

— ELON —

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