Samford 70, Tennessee St. 60
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Randall Gulina had 21 points and Jerry Smith had 20 to lead Samford to a 70-60 victory over Tennessee State Thursday night.
Though the Bulldogs (13-10, 10-4 Ohio Valley Conference) led for most of the first half, they were down 28-27 at halftime. The Tigers (10-13, 6-7 OVC) held onto the lead until the final minutes of the game when Samford grabbed the lead and sealed the victory.
Smith made 8-of-8 free throws and Joe Merritt added 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Andrae Belton led the Tigers with 19 points. Reiley Ervin added 14 points and Clarence Matthews chipped in with 13 points.
Samford shot 50 percent from the floor but was outrebounded 27-25 by Tennessee State.