BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Raijon Kelly scored 25 points to help Samford split its season series with UNC Greensboro in a 75-71 victory Saturday night.
Samford (11-18, 9-7 Southern Conference) led 45-31 at halftime, but UNC Greensboro (8-19, 6-10) crept to within 72-71 on Kayel Locke's jumper with 17 seconds remaining. The Spartans fouled Kelly 4 seconds later, and Kelly hit both shots for a 74-71 spread.
Simpson paced the Spartans with 22 points, including 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
Nicholas Paulos scored five points for UNC Greensboro after scoring a career-high 30 against Chattanooga Thursday.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.