Samford Recap

8 Feb

College of Charleston overcame a five-point halftime deficit by stepping up its defensive pressure and shooting 56 percent in the second half to roll to its fifth-straight win in Southern Conference play with a 69-65 road victory at Samford on Feb. 7 at the Pete Hanna Center.

The Cougars (17-7, 9-3 SoCon) split the regular-season series with the Bulldogs (7-16, 5-5 SoCon) to avenge a 62-57 loss on their own home court a month prior on Jan. 10 at TD Arena.

Five players scored in double figures including the dominant inside play of sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), who registered his sixth double-double of the season with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, and redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) with 10 points and seven rebounds.

After jumping out to a 13-4 run in the first five minutes of the ballgame, CofC struggled to find a shot that would find the back of the net. The Cougars went 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the floor and 0-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half of play. They went into the locker room trailing Samford, 31-26.

Junior reserve forward/guard Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.) scored all of his seven points in the second half in which he helped spark the Cougars to a run of their own to regain the lead on his made layup, 43-42, with 9:36 remaining in regulation.

CofC never looked back after that point and stretched its lead out to as many as 12 points on two made free throws by Johnson with one minute left on the clock, 62-50.

Samford wouldn’t go down without a fight and tossed up four desperation three-pointers, including three from Raijon Kelly in the final seconds, to force the Cougars to use their remaining timeouts to strategize and defend the last-second comeback by the Bulldogs. Kelly ended the night with a game-high 21 points.

Video Music: All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers

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