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Thurs. night at Schar Center: Elon overcomes William & Mary to avenge earlier season loss

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Elon had enough second-half answers to overcome visiting William & Mary for Thursday night’s 76-71 victory in Coastal Athletic Association men’s basketball at Schar Center.

That gave the Phoenix (13-17 overall, 6-11 CAA) its third victory in the last five games.

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“We’re going in the right direction the way we’re supposed to be going,” guard T.K. Simpkins said.

The outcome avenged a January loss and assured Elon will hold the No. 11 seed for the CAA Tournament in Washington.

There could be a rematch with William & Mary (8-22, 3-14) in next Friday’s tournament opening day, depending on Saturday’s results on the final day of the regular season. Elon welcomes Monmouth for Senior Day.

William & Mary led for nearly 29 minutes of game time, including by nine points in the first half. Elon took the lead for good on Sam Sherry’s move in the lane with less than five minutes to play.

“It was really a grind,” said Elon coach Billy Taylor, whose team improved to 8-5 in home games.

Max Mackinnon drained both ends of a 1-and-1 with 24 seconds left for a 74-71 edge and hit two more foul shots for the game’s last points.

Simpkins posted 18 points and eight rebounds, Nick Dorn scored 14 points, and Mackinnon finished with 13 points and five assists. Those outputs helped offset Gabe Dorsey’s 20 points for the Tribe.

The Phoenix played mostly man-to-man defense in the second half, so that reduced some of the Tribe’s perimeter opportunities after the visitors hit eight first-half 3-pointers.

“We felt like we had to give them a different look,” Taylor said.

William & Mary, which completed an 0-9 record in February, shot 0-for-6 on second-half free throws.

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