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Late Run Lifts Samford Over Furman, 55-49

Jordan Loyd
Jordan Loyd

Birmingham, Ala. – Samford used a 7-0 run over the final 1:13 to erase a 49-48 Furman lead and down the Paladins, 55-49, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday evening at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 13-14 overall and 7-9 in SoCon play.  Samford, which snapped a four-game skid versus Furman, improved to 11-16 overall and 8-8 in league play.

Charlie Reddick capped a 12-2 Furman run by draining a three-pointer with 1:36 remaining to give the Paladins their first lead of the second half at 49-48.  Samford's Jeffrey Merritt answered with a trey of his own to put the Bulldogs back in front 51-49 with 1:13 to play and Connor Miller made good on 1-of-2 trips to the foul line following a turnover by Bobby Austin to extend the margin to 52-49 with 37 seconds to play.

After a timeout, Reddick missed a three-point attempts, David Brown grabbed an offensive board and missed a trey of his own before Samford claimed the rebound and called timeout with 12 seconds remaining.  Austin fouled on the inbounds and Drew Windler drained 3-of-4 free throw attempts in the final 12 seconds to close out the game.

Windler paced the Bulldogs with 18 points while Raijon Kelly added 11 points.  Merritt contributed seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs who shot 46.8% from the floor and survived a 7-for-17 shooting night at the foul line.

Samford scored the final five points of the first half to carry a 24-21 lead into intermission and led 46-33 on Matthew Friday's free throw with 7:56 remaining in the game.  Following a Brandon Sebirumbi free throw, Jordan Loyd scored eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers, to trim the lead to 46-42.  Sebirumbi converted on a pair of free throws and Loyd answered a Samford basket with a layup to pull Furman back within two points before Reddick's three put the Paladins ahead for the first time since late in the first half.

Loyd finished with a career-high 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting, but was the only Paladin to reach double figures.  Furman shot just 34.5% from the field and made only 6-of-29 three-point attempts.

The Paladins return to Court and Timmons Arena to close out their home schedule against Chattanooga on February 23.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.