W&M 72, Elon 59

It felt like Elon was poised for a run when back-to-back 3-pointers from Tanner Samson got the Phoenix within five just three minutes into the second half. But the sharpshooter picked up his fourth foul with 16:55 to play, and was temporarily relegated to the bench.

That was when William & Mary used a 15-2 run to open up an 18-point lead. Elon strung consecutive baskets together on multiple occasions, but never got closer than 11.

Marcus Thornton and Omar Prewitt combined for 33 points, and Terry Tarpey put up eight points, nine boards, five assists, and three steals. That’s standard stuff for the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, who had several key offensive rebounds late in the game to seal the deal for the Tribe.

It was a rough afternoon for Elon seniors Austin Hamilton and Kevin Blake, who were a combined 6-of-21 from the field before Hamilton (13 points) converted a pair of layups late in the game. Elijah Bryant led the Phoenix with 15 points, and Samson finished with 11 points. Samson’s fourth foul truly thwarted the momentum that Elon desperately needed before a Tribe-heavy crowd in Baltimore.

Elon had its four-game winning streak snapped in its final game of the season. Matt Matheny’s group finished the ’14-’15 campaign at 15-18 overall, and should be better next season.

William & Mary will watch the JMU-Hofstra game with keen interest, as the Tribe will battle the winner on Sunday at 2:30 EST.

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