Scores

Final OT

Samford 68

(6-6, 1-0 Southern)

Jacksonville St 64

(4-9, 0-1 OVC)

    8:30 PM ET, January 4, 2005

    Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville, Alabama

    1 2 OT T
    SAM 34 21 1368
    JVST 18 37 964

    Top Performers

    Samford: J. Merritt 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jacksonville State: W. Russell 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Samford 68, Jacksonville St. 64

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- J. Robert Merritt hit two free throws in overtime and scored a game-high 21 points, leading Samford to a 68-64 victory over Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday night.

    Jerry Smith tied the game at 55-55 on a free throw with 6.2 seconds remaining, pushing both teams into overtime as time expired.

    The teams tied again at 57-57 before Samford went on a 11-7 surge, hitting 5-of-6 free throws over the final 30 seconds, to seal the victory.

    Jon Mills scored 16 points, while Smith added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-6, 1-0).

    Russell led Jacksonville State (4-9, 0-1) with 18 points and eight assists. B.J. Spencer added 11 points and Anthony Wilson had 10.

    Jacksonville State, which trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, used a 32-10 run to take its first lead of the night after Spencer sank a 3-pointer with 8:03 left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAM
    JVST
    Points 68 64
    FG Made-Attempted 21-42 (.500) 26-57 (.456)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-19 (.526) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-24 (.667) 6-11 (.545)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 10 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 1

    2004-05 Season

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