Both Samford basketball squads suffered defeats last week.
Mercer took down Samford’s men’s basketball team by a score of 77-70 in overtime on Wednesday night Feb. 10. Samford forced the game into an extra period but were unable to earn a third Southern Conference victory.
Mercer Guard Neftali Alvarez led all scorers with 23 points. The 6-foot-2-inch Fairfield transfer played 38 minutes and shot 50% from beyond the arc.
At the end of regulation, Samford’s A.J. Staton-McCray made a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to force overtime tied at 66. Alvarez netted six points as Mercer outscored the Bulldogs 11-4 in overtime.
Preston Parks led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points and added eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-10, 2-7). Jalen Dupree scored 13 points and Staton-McCray had 12 points.
With the victory, the Bears improved to 2-0 against the Bulldogs on the season, as Mercer defeated Samford by a score of 89-82 in double overtime Monday, Feb. 8.
On Thursday evening, the Samford women’s basketball team dropped a 70-62 decision at Wofford.
After three quarters of play, Wofford held a 49-48 lead. The Terriers pushed its lead to 10 points with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter after a jumper by Lily Hatton.
Samford would come no closer than six points for the remainder of the contest as Wofford sealed the deal with an eight-point win.
With the loss, Samford fell to 11-8 overall and 8-2 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers improved to 11-6 overall and 7-3 in league play with the victory.
Samford was led in scoring by Andrea Cournoyer with 26 points. Annie Ramil netted 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Natalie Armstrong added 10 points.