Furman vs Samford

Furman 55, Samford 51

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Bobby Austin scored 17 points as Furman ended its 10-game losing streak by defeating Samford 55-51 Friday in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament.

The 12th-seeded Paladins (7-23) have eliminated the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (11-21) in the first round for three straight years.

Two consecutive baskets by Austin put Furman ahead to stay, 44-42, with 8:05 remaining, and his two free throws with 11 seconds left provided the final margin.

Neither team led by more than six points and they were tied 25-25 at halftime.

Stephen Croone scored 11 points and his steal with 27 seconds left protected a one-point margin. Charlie Reddick added eight points and 10 rebounds for Furman, which will play fourth-seeded Appalachian State in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Tim Williams paced Samford with 15 points and Tyler Hood had 13, but the Bulldogs' leading scorer, Raijon Kelly, made just 1 of 13 shots for three points.

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Furman Paladins
K. Ferrara, F332-71-17225
C. Reddick, F311-53-49325
B. Austin, G345-105-520117
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S. Croone, G313-54-622011
L. Wideman191-30-01143
B. Irwin152-31-11046
K. Chuisseu30-10-01000
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Samford Bulldogs
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C. Geffrard, Jr., F334-71-241210
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R. Kelly, G361-130-00523
C. Miller, G343-50-15428
R. Wilson221-30-00012
B. Hayman80-00-02020
J. Beckham10-00-00000
Totals 18-459-1424121651
 40%64.3% 
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