Elon beats Western Carolina 72-66

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ELON, N.C. (AP)—Ola Atoyebi scored 14 points and Elon rallied for a 72-66 win over Western Carolina on Thursday night.

Western Carolina (13-13, 8-8 Southern Conference) led 57-49 with 7:42 to play and Elon went on a 14-3 run for a 63-60 lead with 2:47 left on a 3-pointer by Chris Long. Atoyebi scord six points during the drive.

The Catamounts reclaimed the lead briefly, 66-65, on a Harouna Mutumbo jump shot with 1:29 to go.

Elon (9-10, 6-11) then took the lead for good as Atoyebi gave the Phoenix a 67-66 advantage with 24 seconds to play.

Mutumbo had 20 points for the Catamounts, who led by 44-34 with 15:40 remaining.

Devan Carter scored 12 points and T.J. Douglas chipped in 11 for the Phoenix.

Elon, which ranks third in the conference in steals (7.6) and blocked shots (3.4), had 11 steals and six blocks against Western Carolina.

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