Furman 49 at Samford 55

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Samford defeats Furman 55-49
Saturday, Feb 18, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Drew Windler scored 18 points and Samford held on to beat Furman 55-49 in a Southern Conference game on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (11-16, 8-8) trailed 49-48 with 1:36 remaining. Jeffrey Merritt then hit a 3-pointer and Furman’s Bobby Austin turned it over, leading to a free throw by Mike Connor with 37 seconds left to seal the victory.

After two missed 3-pointers by the Paladins, Windler made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 12 seconds.

Samford led 24-21 at halftime, and opened the second half on a 13-4 run to go up by 12 on Jeffrey Merritt’s layup with 13:19. Raijon Kelly, who finished with 11 points, had seven during the spurt.

Merritt had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Jordan Loyd was the only double-figure scorer for Furman, with 15 points. The Paladins shot just 20.7 percent from 3-point range (6 of 29).

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Jordan Loyd Jordan Loyd
6-13,  15 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists
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Drew Windler Drew Windler
6-13,  18 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists

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