Senior Day ends in Loss for Hens

BY
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

02/27/16 Basketball Game
Morgan Brownell/THE REVIEW
Marvin King-Davis and Sean Locke were honored during the Hen’s senior night last week. King Davis would go on to be one of top two scoring players, with 20 points.

Last Saturday was senior day at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building, marking the final home game for two members of the university’s basketball team. Marvin King-Davis and former walk-on Sean Locke were both honored and got the start for the Blue Hens, with the hope of ending their season on a high note.

This was not the case. The Hens suffered their second loss to Elon this season, 77-59.

The game started with both teams trading baskets. Elon began the game shooting lights out from the field and connecting on seven of their first nine shots. The Blue Hens stayed composed and maintained the breakneck pace however. With 11 minutes to go in the first half, the score was 21-18 in favor of Elon. Keeping it close meant that the Blue Hens might a have chance to steal the game.

However, Elon ended up shooting 47.1 percent in the first half, ballooning their lead to 12 points.

With each passing minute, the score became more lopsided. Guard Dmitri Thompson of the Phoenix, who finished the game 7-15 from the field with 16 points, cut through Delaware’s zone defense consistently and hit several shots from the paint with ease. Elon’s ball movement was working and left the Delaware defense scrambling.

After the game, King-Davis was quick to point this out.

“We didn’t play defense well enough,” King-Davis said. “We knew they could shoot, and we let them take too many threes and they made a fair amount.”

The porous defense also allowed for the brilliant shooting of Elon forward Tyler Seibring. Seibring lead all scorers for Elon with 17 points and shot 7-10 from the field with nine rebounds. The depth of each team was apparent. Elon was able to get points from 11 different players while just seven contributed for the Hens.

Despite the loss, King-Davis and Kory Holden continued their season of solid play. King-Davis shot 7-17 from the field with 20 points while Holden had 16 points and 7 assists. The two players were the top scorers on the team this season with Holden averaging 17.3 points per game and King-Davis averaging 14.8, to go with nine rebounds.

Off the bench, the Hens received little help. Guard Anthony Mosley scored just five points and Cazmon Hayes ended the night with eight. The two players had been averaging double-figures on the season, so a lack of contribution did not bode well for the Hens.

“In the games we’ve been successful we’ve had balanced scoring, but we haven’t gotten that lately,” Head Coach Monté Ross said.

The game saw Elon hitting 12 three-pointers and Delaware four. In total, Elon outshot Delaware, making almost half of their shots while the Hens made just 35.5 percent of their shots from the field.

The 7-22 Blue Hens now look to the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament Friday in Baltimore to try and create a spark in this otherwise disappointing season. They will be matched up against the College of Charleston (16-13). The two teams played twice during the regular season, each of them winning their respective home games.

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