JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Samford University basketball team struggled from the field Sunday, shooting just 33 percent from the floor, as the Bulldogs were defeated by the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 89-58, in an early-season non-conference matchup held at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Samford (2-6) finished 20-for-60 from the field and 8-of-31 (26 percent) from beyond the arc. Conversely, Jacksonville State (6-2) shot a sizzling 62 percent from the floor and 52 percent from long range (11-of-21).
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior guard Demetrius Denzel-Dyson's 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. He also knocked down a team-high four 3-point baskets and pulled down seven rebounds.
Samford's Justin Coleman added nine points in the contest, while forwards Alex Thompson and Stefan Lakic finished with eight points apiece. The Bulldogs' Triston Chambers chipped in with six points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time.
Jacksonville State used its hot shooting to garner a 49-29 lead at the half. The Gamecocks' offensive proficiency continued in the second period en route to the 89-58 victory.
Senior guard Malcolm Drumwright paced six Jacksonville State players in double-figure scoring Sunday as he finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. The Gamecocks' leading scorer this season also knocked down five 3-point baskets on seven attempts.
With its victory, Jacksonville State defeated Samford for the first time in nearly 12 years and snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series. The Gamecocks' previous win occurred Dec. 8, 2005, in a 62-61 contest held at the Bulldogs' Seibert Hall.
The Samford University basketball team will next be in action Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CT) as the Bulldogs continue their three-game non-conference road trip against the Memphis Tigers in a high-profile, early season contest to be held at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.