After Cheek's 1-yard touchdown run gave Elon (3-3, 2-1 Colonial) a 26-10 lead in the third quarter, Maine's Trevin Ewing returned the ensuing kickoff 96-yards for a touchdown. The Black Bears (1-4, 0-3) drew even closer, 26-23, when Zavier Scott scored on an 8-yard run later in the third.
McKinley Witherspoon's 2-yard TD run put the Phoenix back up by 10 early in the fourth quarter.
Cheek completed 29 of 37 passes for 332 yards. His touchdown passes were 9 yards to Donovan Williams, 30 yards to Jaylan Thomas and 39 yards to Bryson Daughtry, all in the first half when Elon built a 19-10 lead.
Derek Robertson went 19 of 32 for 283 and a touchdown for the Black Bears. Andre Miller caught eight passes for 176 yards.
There were no turnovers in the game.
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