Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Williams poured in 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading Samford to a 70-56 victory over Appalachian State in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Michael Bradley added 14 points and Connor Miller chipped in 11 for Samford (13-19), which advanced to face top-seeded Davidson in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Tab Hamilton and Frank Eaves each scored 11 points for Appalachian State (9-21), which had beaten Samford twice this season. The Mountaineers' only two wins in their last eight games had come against the Bulldogs.
Appalachian State led by five early, but went into the break down 29-25 and tied the game early in the second half at 31-31. The Bulldogs followed with an 11-2 run, highlighted by a Miller triple, and led for the remainder of the contest.
The Mountaineers clawed within 57-51 on a Hamilton layup with just over five minutes to play, but the Bulldogs answered with the next six points -- including four from Williams -- to again pull away.
Final Score: Georgia Southern 65, Furman 50
Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jelani Hewitt tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Georgia Southern to an 65-50 victory over Furman in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Tre Bussey netted 14 and Angel Hayes had 10 points for the Eagles (14-18), who advanced to face No. 2 seed Chattanooga in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Charlie Reddick totaled 18 points and seven boards for the Paladins (9-21), who their third straight contest. Stephen Croone added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in defeat.
Georgia Southern led by 10 with 7:47 left in the first half, but, an 11-4 run brought the Paladins within three, 25-22, with just under four minutes left. The Eagles outscored Furman 10-5 the rest of the way to carry a 35-27 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles opened the second half on a 24-8 tear to stretch their margin to 59-35 with 6 1/2 left to play. The Paladins fired back with nine straight to cut their deficit to 15 but came no closer the rest of the way.
Final Score: The Citadel 86, UNC Greensboro 76
Asheville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ashton Moore netted 24 points to lead The Citadel to an 86-76 win over UNC Greensboro in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Matt Van Scyoc had 20 points for the Bulldogs (7-25), who had lost 17 of their last 19 coming in to the contest. P.J. Horgan added eight points and 12 rebounds.
The Citadel will face third-seed Wofford in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Kyle Cain scored 18 and had six rebounds for the Spartans (14-18), who alternated wins and losses through their last five. R.J. White and Tevon Saddler added 15 points apiece and Kayel Locke contributed 12 points and seven boards.
The first eight minutes of play was a back-and-forth affair before The Citadel used an 18-4 tear to take a 12-point lead, 29-17, with just over six minutes on the clock. The Spartans pulled within 39-30 before halftime.
The Citadel opened the first three minutes of the second half with a 9-4 run to stake themselves a 14-point lead. UNCG came as close as eight several times in the final 17 minutes, the last of which came halfway through the period.