Scores

Final

Furman 55

(7-23, 3-15 Southern)

Samford 51

(11-21, 9-9 Southern)

Coverage: ESPN3

2:00 PM ET, March 8, 2013

U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, North Carolina

1 2 T
FUR 25 3055
SAM 25 2651

Top Performers

Furman: B. Austin 17 Pts, 2 Reb

Samford: T. Williams 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

Furman 55, Samford 51

Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
FUR
SAM
Points 55 51
FG Made-Attempted 17-43 (.395) 18-45 (.400)
3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 6-21 (.286)
FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 9-14 (.643)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 6

2012-13 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
Feb 16, 2013 SAM 64, @FUR 53Recap
» Mar 8, 2013 FUR 55, @SAM 51Recap