Furman 32 23 55
Samford 29 28 57
Date of game: 1/11/2014

Recap: Samford vs. Furman

Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Raijon Kelly converted the game-winning three-point play in the final minute to lead the Samford Bulldogs over the Furman Paladins, 57-55, in a Southern Conference tilt at the Pete Hanna Center.

Tyler Hood scored 13 points for Samford (7-10, 1-3 SoCon), while Isaiah Williams had 11 points and six assists. Tim Williams brought down eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kendrec Ferrara paced the Paladins (6-13, 0-4) with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Stephen Croone added 11 points and four assists in Furman's fourth straight loss.

Furman shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half and had a 32-29 lead at the break. Samford struggled by shooting 38.1 percent on field goal attempts but managed to stay close by making 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.

Neither team shot well in the second half, as the Bulldogs made just 32 percent of their field goal tries and the Paladins just 30.4 percent. Furman took a three-point lead with 43 seconds left on a Croone 3-pointer, but after Samford made it a one-point game on a a pair of Hood free throws, it captured the lead for good on Kelly's three-point play with 12 seconds remaining. A Croone layup was blocked on the other end as the Bulldogs held on.

Samford took advantage of Furman's mistakes by outscoring the Paladins 10-2 in points off turnovers.

Game Notes

Marshall - The class of Conference USA

Conference USA has added two new teams this season (Old Dominion and Western Ky) and lost three (Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane) but it is really a one team league. And that team is Marshall.

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