Scores

Final

Elon 65

(7-23, 5-13 Southern)

W Carolina 69

(11-19, 7-11 Southern)

    5:30 PM ET, February 28, 2007

    North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina

    1 2 T
    ELON 34 3165
    WCU 36 3369

    Top Performers

    Elon: B. James 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

    Western Carolina: N. McKenna 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl

    Western Carolina 69, Elon 65

    Associated Press

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Nick Aldridge scored 20 points and Negus McKenna added 18 as Western Carolina defeated Elon 69-65 in a first-round game in the Southern Conference tournament on Wednesday.

    The No. 7 seed Catamounts (11-19) advance to meet second-seeded Appalachian State in Thursday's quarterfinals.

    Western Carolina led 36-34 at halftime after McKenna buried a 3-pointer from the corner.

    Following three lead changes early in the second half, the Catamounts took the lead for good at 48-46 as Aldridge drove the lane for a layup with just under 12 minutes remaining.

    The Phoenix (7-23) pulled within two late in the game, but could never regain the lead.

    Western Carolina shot 49 percent from the field.

    Brett James scored 21 for Elon while Brian Waters added 17 and LeVonn Jordan put in 11.

    The Phoenix lost a first round game for the first time since joining the conference four seasons ago.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ELON
    WCU
    Points 65 69
    FG Made-Attempted 23-60 (.383) 25-51 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 7-17 (.412)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-14 (.786) 12-17 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 4

    2006-07 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 22, 2007 ELON 77, @WCU 64Recap
    Feb 22, 2007 @ELON 74, WCU 65Recap
    » Feb 28, 2007 @WCU 69, ELON 65Recap