Scores

Final

Appalachian St 56

(9-21, 5-11 Southern)

Samford 70

(13-19, 6-10 Southern)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    11:00 AM ET, March 7, 2014

    U.S. Cellular Center (NC), Asheville, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    APP 25 3156
    SAM 29 4170

    Top Performers

    Appalachian St: T. Spagnolo 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    Samford: T. Williams 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Williams leads Samford past Appalachian St. 70-56

    Associated Press

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Tim Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 8 seed Samford bounced ninth-seeded Appalachian State 70-56 Friday in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament.

    The Bulldogs (13-19) face top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Davidson (19-11) in a Saturday quarterfinal.

    Friday was the teams' third meeting in 23 days, Appalachian State sweeping the regular-season contests.

    Williams contributed five points in a late burst as the Bulldogs edged to a 29-25 halftime lead, and scored 14 after halftime when Samford never trailed. Samford forced 15 turnovers and held a 37-33 rebounding edge.

    Appalachian State (9-21), which is leaving the Southern Conference after this season, had won its five previous tournament openers. The Mountaineers were balanced -- five players scoring 11 or 10 points -- but cold, hitting just 20 of 51 shots, 2 of 14 on 3-pointers. Frank Eaves and Tab Hamilton scored 11 each.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    APP
    SAM
    Points 56 70
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 25-57 (.439)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 17-26 (.654)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Feb 13, 2014 @APP 74, SAM 68Recap
    Feb 27, 2014 APP 63, @SAM 57Recap
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