Samford holds off Elon 55-51

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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.

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