Scores

Final

E Michigan 51

(2-10, 1-5 away)

Samford 55

(9-5, 1-1 Southern)

    3:00 PM ET, December 31, 2010

    Pete Hanna Center, Birmingham, Alabama

    1 2 T
    EMU 29 2251
    SAM 21 3455

    Top Performers

    Eastern Michigan: D. Lampley 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl

    Samford: J. Merritt 11 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Samford 55, E. Michigan 51

    Associated Press

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Gregg Wooten scored 13 points as Samford again overcame a double-digit deficit to win, defeating Eastern Michigan 55-51 Friday.

    The Bulldogs (9-5) trailed by 10 early in the second half before pulling even on a 14-4 run. It's the fifth time this season that Samford has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win.

    Free-throw shooting proved key. The Bulldogs made 12 of 13 attempts in the second half. Eastern Michigan was 3 for 3 from the line the whole game.

    Jeffrey Merritt and Josh Davis each added 11 points for the Bulldogs.

    The Eagles (2-10) got 19 points from Brandon Bowdry, but couldn't overcome 21 turnovers, which led to 26 Samford points.

    The Eagles led 49-47 with 1:40 left, when Samford's Josh Davis stole the ball from Antonio Green and converted a layup to tie it. Free throws by Merritt and Josh Bedwell put the Bulldogs ahead to stay.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EMU
    SAM
    Points 51 55
    FG Made-Attempted 21-42 (.500) 16-39 (.410)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 9-24 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 3-3 (1.000) 14-16 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 4

    2010-11 Season

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