Elon edges Lipscomb 91-86

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Josh Bonney scored 24 points and Drew Spradlin added 23 as Elon edged Lipscomb 91-86 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Phoenix victory marked the first career win for new coach Matt Matheny.

Lipscomb jumped out to a 16-7 lead behind 13 points from Brandon Brown, but the Bisons couldn’t overcome a strong shooting performance by Elon, which was 35-for-69 from the field (50.7 percent).

The Phoenix countered with an 11-0 run to lead 18-16, and the lead changed hands nine times before Elon took a 41-38 advantage into halftime.

The Phoenix pulled ahead by 12 with 15:39 left, then Lipscomb drew within four points at 63-59. After nearly 2 minutes with no scoring by either team, Terrance Birdette hit a 3-pointer for Elon.

Brown and Adnan Hodzic scored 26 points apiece to lead the Bisons, who entered the game 8-0 in home openers at Allen Arena.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Elon
Josh Bonney Josh Bonney
9-16,  24 Pts
1 Rebs, 7 Assists
 Lipscomb
Adnan Hodzic Adnan Hodzic
11-17,  26 Pts
12 Rebs, 1 Assists

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