Scores

Final

Samford 78

(6-11, 0-2 Southern)

Ga. Southern 80

(8-8, 1-0 Southern)

2:00 PM ET, January 4, 2014

W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse, Statesboro, Georgia

1 2 T
SAM 33 4578
GASO 40 4080

Top Performers

Samford: T. Williams 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

Georgia Southern: J. Hewitt 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

Georgia Southern holds off Samford 80-78

Associated Press

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jelani Hewitt scored 23 points and Tre Bussey added 22 more Saturday as Georgia Southern held off Samford 80-78 to win its final Southern Conference opener.

The Eagles (8-8, 1-0 Southern) took the lead midway through the first half on a 12-1 run that included 3-pointers by Hewitt and Brian Holmes, carrying a 40-33 advantage into the break and then holding off two Samford challenges in the second half to preserve the win.

Kyle Doyle contributed 12 points and Holmes had 10 for Georgia Southern, which is leaving the Southern Conference at the end of this season to play in the Sun Belt Conference.

Samford (6-11, 0-2) opened the second half with a 6-1 spurt fueled by Chris Longoria, who hit a 3-pointer and two layups to shave Georgia Southern's lead to a point at 41-39, but couldn't regain the lead.

Tim Williams led the Bulldogs with 23 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
GASO
Points 78 80
FG Made-Attempted 26-53 (.491) 23-47 (.489)
3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 8-18 (.444)
FT Made-Attempted 18-24 (.750) 26-38 (.684)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

2013-14 Season

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