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Samford 55, Murray State 47

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- J. Robert Merritt scored 18 points to
help Samford beat Murray State 55-47 on Thursday night.

Murray State (7-6, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) hit 60 percent of
its 3-point shots and left Samford trailing 27-24 at halftime. The
Bulldogs (8-6, 3-0) came from behind to score 31 points, hitting
57.9 percent of their shots in the second half.

Jerry Smith had 12 points and Bryan Boerjan had 11 for the
Bulldogs. Merritt hit 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

Darnell Hopkins hit 3-of-5 from behind the arc to lead Murray
State with 18 points and Keith Jenifer added 10 points. Shawn
Witherspoon had six rebounds for the Racers, who dominated the
boards 26-15.