Santa Ana’s 19 elevates Elon over Boston in first meeting

Elon and Boston University faced each other for the first time ever and with the help of Steven Santa Ana’s nine points, the Phoenix raised above the Terriers 77-69 on Sunday.

The Phoenix went into the game with three of their five starters averaging in double-digit points. Four starters scored over 10 points against the Terriers. Along with Santa Ana, Tyler Seibring chipped 15 points and eight rebounds. Seibring, a preseason First Team All-CAA, has scored in double-digits in nine games so far this season.

Matt Matheny is now 4-0 against the Patriot League since taking over as Elon’s head coach. The Phoenix held a slight rebound advantage but also managed to get four more three point baskets than the Terriers.

The first five minutes of the game were tight. Boston guard Cedric Hankerson led the way with eight of his game high 22 points on 3-of-4 shooting to give the Terriers an early 13-11 lead.

Will Goff and Walter Whyte’s first three point baskets of the game, plus a free throw by Max Mahoney pushed the Terriers’ lead to 20-11 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. It was Mahoney’s lone point in the game. A stark contrast compared to his previous performance, where the sophomore forward scored a career high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first double-double against UMass Lowell.

The Phoenix rose up to take a 42-40 halftime lead, thanks to a perfect 3-for-3 shooting by Seibring from the three point line. He finished his scoring early in the second half with a pair of jumpers to keep Elon ahead 51-47 with 14:50 left in the game.

The Phoenix continued to create some distance but Goff closed the gap to within five points with 10 minutes remaining. Santa Ana’s final five points helped kept the Terriers at bay for the rest of the game.

Boston begins the Patriot League slate with a home game against Army on Friday.


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