Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker At Samford, 52-51

Feb. 7, 2002

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore guard Eddie Harper drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game to propel Samford past Jacksonville, 52-51, in Atlantic Sun Conference basketball action on Thursday.

Harper, who replaced Jon Mills after Mills fouled out with under a minute to play, made his only shot of the game count big for the Bulldogs. Samford (12-11, 9-6 A-Sun) trailed at the half 33-29, but used an 8-0 run and took its first lead of the second half, 46-44, on a three-pointer by Phillip Ramelli with 5:24 remaining. Samford extended to a three-point lead at 49-46 with just over three minutes to play, but Travis Robinson scored five straight points to give Jacksonville (16-9, 10-6 A-Sun) the 51-49 lead with a minute to play. The Dolphins missed two free throws with less than 30 seconds to play, and Kevin Sheppard missed a runner at the buzzer after Harper knocked down the game-winner.

Jacksonville led 33-29 at halftime as both teams shot 50 percent or better from the field in the first half. After firing 53 percent from the field in the first half, Samford outscored the Dolphins 23-18 in the second despite cooling off to finish at 44 percent for the game. The Bulldogs were 7-of-16 from the three-point line in the second half, while holding JU to only 27 percent shooting in the second period and 40 percent for the game.

Chris Weaver led Samford as the only Bulldog in double figures with 10 points, followed by Cornell Felton with nine points and four assists. Robinson led all scorers with 21 points for Jacksonville, along with James Daniels with 10 points. JU's Calvin Warner had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Samford recorded 15 assists to 10 turnovers, while limiting the Dolphins to only nine assists. The Bulldogs also tallied five blocks, three by Ramelli, while Jacksonville recorded eight steals and outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-21.

The win marks the second time in 11 games that Samford has won after trailing at the half.

Samford returns to action on Sat., Feb. 9, hosting Stetson at 2 p.m. at Seibert Hall.