CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The Samford University basketball team will continue its current three-game Southern Conference road trip Saturday at 3 p.m. (CST) as the Bulldogs square off against the first-place College of Charleston Cougars at Carolina First Arena (5,100).
The game will be televised live on SportSouth and the action will be called by play-by-play announcer Tom Werme and color analyst Daymeon Fishback. Fans unable to attend the game in person can also listen live to Samford's broadcast on WVSU 91.1 FM or via the Internet at www.samford.edu/wvsu.
Saturday's matchup will be the second game of an afternoon doubleheader which also features a meeting between the Samford and College of Charleston women's teams. The SportSouth coverage will begin at noon for the women's contest.
Samford (9-14, 3-8 SoCon) heads into the showdown with aspirations of snapping a four-game losing streak. Since winning back-to-back conference road games at Elon and UNC Greensboro, the Bulldogs have dropped consecutive SoCon games against Furman 63-58, Appalachian State 68-55, Western Carolina 62-50 and The Citadel 61-57.
In Thursday's hard-fought loss at The Citadel, Samford held an 11-point lead, 45-34, with 10:03 remaining in the game. The Citadel then charged back to mount a 27-12 run to finish the matchup for a 61-57 victory.
Late in the game, The Citadel led 59-57 on the Bulldogs' final possession when Josh Davis came around a double screen and fired off a deep 3-pointer from the right flank that would have won the game. Davis' shot looked good in the air, but came up just short as The Citadel was able to hang on for its victory.
Samford's Davis led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. He finished 4-of-7 from 3-point range and knocked down 6-of-8 attempts from the free-throw line. Davis, the Bulldogs' leading scorer this season, also tallied a team-high seven rebounds.
Senior forward Bryan Friday added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including the Bulldogs' first 11 of the period. Friday also pulled down five rebounds and was 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.
Saturday's game against College of Charleston (15-8, 10-2 SoCon) will determine if Samford can avoid its longest losing streak of the 2009-10 campaign.
The Bulldogs enter the matchup with a four-game losing streak, which matches its similar four-game slide to open the season. Samford started the 2009-10 campaign with consecutive losses to Kent State 69-66, Wisconsin-Green Bay 70-68, UAB 55-52 and Texas A&M 68-49.
College of Charleston enters Saturday's contest with hopes of winning its third straight game. The Cougars have been victorious in nine of their last 11 outings and have earned back-to-back wins against Georgia Southern and Chattanooga.
The Bulldogs will look to record their first victory against the College of Charleston in school history. The all-time series between the teams began Jan. 3, 1994 and the Cougars own an unblemished 9-0 record against Samford. College of Charleston is also undefeated at home this season and is 9-0 when playing in Carolina First Arena in 2009-10.
In Samford's earlier meeting with College of Charleston this season, the teams combined to commit only 11 turnovers. In the Jan. 14 matchup held in Birmingham, the Bulldogs finished with a season-low seven turnovers, while the Cougars also tallied their season-low total with only four miscues.
College of Charleston scored 13 points off of Samford's turnovers and earned a 78-67 victory in the meeting. The Bulldogs finished the game with five players scoring in double figures for the only time this season. Friday led the way with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while Davis, Josh Bedwell and Trey Montgomery all finished with 11. Junior center Andy King rounded out the five with 10 points.
Samford shot 41.8 percent from the field, but only shot 28.6 percent from 3-point range. Samford did knock down eight shots from beyond the arc, including a team-high three from Bedwell.
Samford and College of Charleston enter Saturday's game as the two worst teams in the conference in rebounding offense. The Cougars are ranked 11th in the SoCon with an average of 30.8 rebounds per contest, while the Bulldogs follow in 12th place with 27.5 per game.
Neither Samford nor College of Charleston have been rebounding the ball well this season, but the Bulldogs are ranked first in the SoCon in rebounding defense. Samford is only allowing opponents to grab an average of 31.2 rebounds per game, while the Cougars are last in the category at 41.7 rebounds per contest.
A key matchup in Saturday's game will be Samford's 3-point specialist Davis against College of Charleston's sharpshooter Andrew Goudelock. The Bulldogs' Davis is ranked third in the SoCon in 3-point field goals per game and is Samford's leading scorer at 12.8 points per game this season. He is averaging 2.8 three-point baskets per outing.
Goudelock, who was the SoCon's preseason player of the year, is leading the league in scoring at 19.5 points per game. The Cougars' dominant shooter from Lilburn, Ga., is ranked immediately behind Davis in 3-pointers per contest with an average of 2.7.
Following Saturday's televised matchup at College of Charleston, the Samford University basketball team will next be in action Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CST) as the Bulldogs close out their three-game road swing against the Chattanooga Mocs. Samford will square off against the Mocs on Wednesday at The McKenzie Arena (10,928) in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.