BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford University basketball team registered its largest margin of victory in nearly 17 years Friday as the Bulldogs rolled to a 98-51 home triumph against the Thomas University Night Hawks in an early season tune-up held at the Pete Hanna Center.
Samford (3-8) finished with five players scoring in double figures as the Bulldogs’ 47-point victory proved to be its largest since Jan. 13, 2001, when they posted a lopsided 94-47 win at home against Troy.
Senior Alex Thompson came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field Friday. The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-8 forward tallied all of his points in just 21 minutes of action while adding two rebounds and a pair of deep 3-point baskets.
Samford’s Demetrius Denzel-Dyson and Stefan Lakic both started and scored 17 points as sophomore guard Josh Sharkey added 13 points, seven assists and four steals. Sharkey, the Bulldogs’ speedy native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also pulled down four rebounds and finished 7-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Senior Eric Adams made his ninth straight start of the season and nearly registered a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. He also tallied two steals, two blocked shots and an assist.
Junior guard Justin Coleman turned in a solid all-around game Friday with six points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Samford led by as many as 50 points in the game and jumped out to a decisive 54-29 advantage at the half. The Bulldogs shot 65.5 percent from the floor in the opening period, including a jaw-dropping 71.4-percent tally from beyond the arc. Samford finished the contest shooting 58.9 percent from the field and 47.1 from 3-point range.
The Bulldogs limited Thomas University (5-7) to 32.8 percent from the floor and a 23.8-percent mark from long distance.
Samford outscored the Night Hawks, 44-22, in the second half and bested Thomas University in points off turnovers, 28-10, points in the paint, 30-16, and bench points, 41-30.
The Night Hawks’ leading scorer was Javoris Cooks with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Samford University basketball team will next be in action Monday at 7 p.m. (CT) as the Bulldogs play host to the Asbury University Eagles in a nonconference contest to be held at the Pete Hanna Center.