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Samford holds on to win against Elon

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The Samford University basketball team boasted a stingy defensive performance Saturday en route to a 62-59 win against the Southern Conference-favorite Elon Phoenix in a pivotal league contest held at the Pete Hanna Center.

"We played great defense today and I thought that was the key to the game," said Samford head coach Bennie Seltzer. "When you hold the No. 1 scoring team in the conference to 39 percent from the field and 59 points, that was the key and we were able to get stops. Getting those stops allowed us to get our offense going and Elon is a very good team. Our defense played a huge part in this win."

Samford (9-13, 3-4 SoCon) turned in a brilliant 52.3-percent shooting performance from the field Saturday and limited Elon (10-11, 3-3 SoCon), the league's top scoring team at 77.1 points per game, to only 59 points and a 39.2-percent outing from the floor.

The bulk of the Bulldogs' scoring came from the triumvirate of Tim Williams, Raijon Kelly and Tyler Hood, which combined to record 40 of the team's 62 points.

Williams, Samford's 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago, Ill., paced all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while pulling down 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double and third of the 2013-14 campaign. On Thursday, Williams exploded for 29 points and 12 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 88-78 victory over UNCG.

Just a sophomore, Williams, the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year, has already registered nine double-doubles in his young Samford career.

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