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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.