Samford cruises past Asbury
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/18/2017
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Samford's Alex Thompson
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford University basketball team outscored Asbury University 50-18 in the paint Monday as the Bulldogs cruised to a demonstrative 99-70 home victory over the Eagles in a nonconference contest held at the Pete Hanna Center.

Samford (4-8) led by as many as 37 points in the contest and outscored Asbury University (9-4), 43-29, in the first half of action. The Bulldogs turned in a 55.4-percent shooting mark from the field and finished with four players scoring in double figures.

Senior forward Alex Thompson led all players in scoring with 22 points off the bench. The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-8 native of Dothan, Alabama, finished 11-of-15 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists.

As a team, Samford closed out the matchup with 25 assists and 11 steals, while outscoring the Eagles 24-16 in points off turnovers.

Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, the Bulldogs’ senior sharpshooter from Covington, Tennessee, dropped in 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, while tallying six rebounds and four assists. Fellow senior Eric Adams turned in one of the best games of his career by scoring 17 points and adding 10 rebounds for a double-double, his first of the season.

Sophomore guard Triston Chambers continued his solid play Monday with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. He also knocked down a pair of 3-point baskets in 26 minutes of playing time.

Additionally, the Bulldogs’ junior Stefan Lakic, sophomore Josh Sharkey and senior Alex Peters chipped in with eight, eight and five points, respectively.

Asbury University was led in scoring by Deion Cochran’s 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. He knocked down a game-high five 3-point baskets in the matchup.

Trenton Thomas, who led the Eagles with an average of 26.5 points per game heading into Monday’s outing, was limited to just nine points by Samford’s defense.

The Bulldogs’ victory was its fourth at home this season. Samford owns a near-perfect 4-1 mark when playing in the Pete Hanna Center this year.

Since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, the Bulldogs have registered a 21-6 record when scoring at least 80 points.

The Samford University basketball team will next be in action Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT) as the Bulldogs travel to Georgia for a midweek showdown against the Kennesaw State Owls. The contest will be held at the KSU Convocation Center located on campus in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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