EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Joe Ross Merritt scored 18 points, including a game-winning layup with one second left, to lead Samford to a 50-49 win over Evansville on Sunday.
Travis Peterson scored 14 points and Trey Montgomery added 10 for Samford.Jason Holsinger led all scorers with 19 points for Evansville (0-1). Nate Garner added 10 points and 10 rebounds in Marty Simmons' debut as Evansville's coach.Samford (1-0) led 30-19 at halftime and led by 13 points early in the second half. Evansville took a 47-46 lead on a free throw by Pieter van Tongeren with 3:29 to play, its first lead since the opening minutes.The Purple Aces led 49-46 before Peterson made two free throws for Samford with 53 seconds left to set up Merritt's game winner.Samford shot 50 percent from the field to overcome Evansville's 29-18 rebounding advantage.