Samford holds off Elon 55-51
ELON, N.C. (AP)—Trey Montgomery scored 20 points to lead Samford to a 55-51 victory over Elon on Thursday night.
It was the third consecutive win for the Bulldogs (9-8, 4-4 Southern Conference), who sent the Phoenix (4-11, 1-6) to their seventh straight loss.
It was the first meeting between the two programs.
Elon led 45-44 on Drew Spradlin’s 3-pointer with 7:11 remaining in the game, but Montgomery and Bryan Friday hit consecutive layups to give Samford a 48-45 lead with 4:11 left.
The Bulldogs led 50-45 when Elon’s Brett James scored to cut the margin to 50-47 with 3:18 remaining, but the Phoenix couldn’t get closer.
Friday added 14 points for Samford, which shot 51.1 percent from the floor (23 of 45).
James led Elon with 21 points.