Scores

Final

Evansville 69

(14-14, 6-10 MVC)

Samford 65

(14-14, 11-7 Southern)

    3:00 PM ET, February 17, 2007

    1 2 T
    EVAN 32 3769
    SAM 29 3665

    Top Performers

    Evansville: M. Webster 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Samford: J. Smith 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Evansville 69, Samford 65

    Associated Press

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Jason Holsinger scored 16 points and Matt Webster added 15 to help lead Evansville to a 69-65 victory over Samford in an ESPNU Bracket Buster game on Saturday.

    Evansville (14-14 Missouri Valley Conference) jumped ahead early and lead 32-29 at the half after shooting 66.7 percent from the field.

    Bradley Strickland added 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting to round out the double-digit scoring for the Purple Aces.

    Samford (14-14 Ohio Valley Conference) was led by Randall Gulina's 17 points. Joe Ross Merritt and Jerry Smith both scored 12 points for the Bulldogs.

    Two good free throws by Webster capped a steady comeback effort for Evansville and tied the score at 56 with 4:55 left to play. His jumper seconds later pulled the Aces ahead by two and they never looked back.

    Gulina sparked a late Samford rally and the Bulldogs pulled within two, 65-67, on a 3-pointer by Merritt with 13 seconds left on the clock.

    But it was the closest the Bulldogs would get after two good free throws by Evansville's Kyle Anslinger sealed the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EVAN
    SAM
    Points 69 65
    FG Made-Attempted 23-33 (.697) 23-47 (.489)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 11-24 (.458)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 8-10 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 7

    2006-07 Season

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