Samford defeats Furman 71-60
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Bryan Friday scored 20 points and Samford defeated Furman 71-60 in the inaugural Southern Conference home game for the Bulldogs on Thursday night.
Samford (6-6, 1-2), which led 31-28 at halftime, shot 72.2 percent from the field in the second half (13 of 18).
The Bulldogs scored 40 points in the paint, with half of that coming from Friday, a forward.
Josh Bedwell and Jim Griffin added 11 points each for Samford.
The Paladins (2-10, 0-3) had three players in double figures with Jordan Miller scoring 15. Alex Opacic had 13 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Justin Dehm with 12 points.
The Bulldogs extended their home winning streak to six games, while Furman moved to 0-8 on the road.