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  • TWCOverall Record: . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9Conference Record: . . . . . . . . . 0-0Home Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Away Record: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6Head Coach: . . . . . . . . . Mike PoeRecord at TWC: . . . . . . . . . . 2-9Overall Record: . . . . . . . . . SameRecord vs. Samford: . . . . . . . . . 0-0

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    SAMFORD vs. TWC: THE FACTS

    BBUULLLLDDOOGGSS RREETTUURRNN TTOO SSEEIIBBEERRTT HHAALLLL TTOO FFAACCEE TTWWCCThe Samford University basketball team will continue its 77-year-old series against the

    Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs on Thursday as the adversaries square off at 7 p.m., in SeibertHall. The series began in 1927 when Samford (3-3) picked up a 41-35 victory on the roadin Athens, Tenn.

    Tennessee Wesleyan (2-9) has struggled this season and is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The team is currently 0-6 on the road during the 2004-05 campaign andhas lost seven of its 11 games by at least 19 points. In its two earlier Division I contests,Tennessee Wesleyan fell at Birmingham-Southern, 113-61, on Nov. 27, and then lost on theroad against Middle Tennessee, 81-46, on Dec. 2.

    Samford enters Thursdays matchup looking to end a slight slide of its own. After open-ing the season with an unblemished 2-0 record, the Bulldogs have dropped three of theirprevious four games, including the last two. On Nov. 30, the Bulldogs lost in dramatic fash-ion versus IUPUI, 60-58, and then fell on the road against a resurgent ULM team, 63-56.

    2004-05 BASKETBALL

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    w w w . S a m f o r d S p o r t s . c o m

    Date Opponent Time/Result

    NOVEMBER8 WEST ALABAMA (Exhibition) . . . W, 94-67 19 vs. Cal-State Fullerton $ . . . . . . . . . W, 69-57 20 at Central Connecticut $ . . . . . . . . W, 72-58 24 at South Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 52-5027 LOUISIANA-MONROE . . . . . . . . W, 76-6230 IUPUI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 60-58

    DECEMBER3 at Louisiana-Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . . L, 63-56 9 TENNESSEE WESLEYAN . . . . . 7:00 p.m.18 TENNESSEE-TEMPLE . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m. 21 at Bradley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:05 p.m. 28 at IUPUI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m. 30 at Notre Dame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m.

    JANUARY4 at Jacksonville State* . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. 8 TENNESSEE STATE* . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m. 13 MURRAY STATE* . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m. 15 TENNESSEE-MARTIN* . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m. 20 at Morehead State* . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:45 p.m. 22 at Eastern Kentucky* . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 27 at Eastern Illinois* (CSS/Comcast) 8:00 p.m.29 at Southeast Missouri* . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m.

    FEBRUARY3 TENNESSEE TECH* . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m. 5 AUSTIN PEAY* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m. 10 EASTERN KENTUCKY* . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m. 12 MOREHEAD STATE* . . . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m. 17 at Austin Peay* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. 19 at Tennessee Tech* . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. 22 JACKSONVILLE STATE* . . . . . . 7:00 p.m. 24 at Tennessee State* . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m.

    MARCH1 OVC Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA 4 OVC Tournament ^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA 5 OVC Tournament ^ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA

    All start times are Central and subject to change$ - Mohegan Sun Classic* - Denotes an Ohio Valley Conference game^ - Semifinal rounds to be held at the Gaylord

    Entertainment Center% - Samford will play in either the 5 p.m. or 7 p.m.

    game

    Samford and Tennessee Wesleyan have played against each other nine times sincethe series started during the 1927-28 season. The Bulldogs won the first meeting, 41-35, and currently hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the teamsmet at Seibert Hall on Jan. 3, and Samford posted a lopsided 94-46 victory.

    2 0 0 4 - 0 5 O V C S T A N D I N G SCONFERENCECONFERENCE OOVERALLVERALL

    School Record Pct. Home Away Record Pct. Home Away Strk.Eastern Kentucky 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 5-0 1.000 3-0 2-0 W5Morehead State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-1 .800 3-0 0-1 W3Eastern Illinois 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 3-2 .600 3-0 0-2 W1Murray State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 3-2 .600 3-1 0-1 L1Jacksonville State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-4 .500 3-0 0-2 L2Tennessee State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-4 .500 2-0 0-4 L1Samford 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 3-3 .500 1-1 1-2 L2Southeast Missouri 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 2-3 .400 2-0 0-3 W1Tennessee Tech 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 2-3 .400 2-0 0-3 W1Tennessee-Martin 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 2-4 .333 2-0 0-4 L2Austin Peay 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 1-5 .167 0-1 0-2 L5

    SAMFORDOverall Record: . . . . . . . . . . 3-3Conference Record: . . . . . . . . 0-0Home Record: . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Away Record: . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2Head Coach: . . . . Jimmy TilletteRecord at Samford: . . . . . 117-92Overall Record: . . . . . . . . SameRecord vs. TWC: . . . . . . . . . 1-0

  • S A M F O R D v s . T E N N E S S E E W E S L E Y A N

    - - - - - Samford Un ivers i ty Basketba l l Game Notes - - - - -

    Q U I C K F A C T S

    Location . . . . . . . . . . . . Birmingham, Ala.Founded . . . . . . 1841, as Howard CollegeEnrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,440Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BulldogsSchool Colors . . . . . . . . . . . Red and BlueArena (Capacity) . . . . Seibert Hall (4,000)Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Division IConference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio ValleyPresident . . . . . . . . . Dr. Thomas E. Corts

    Alma Mater . . Georgetown College, 63Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . Bob Roller

    Alma Mater . . . . . . . . Virginia Tech, 83

    HISTORYFirst Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1901-02All-Time Record . . . . . . . . 905-1101 (.451)All-Time D-I Record . . . . . . 380-487 (.438)NCAA Tournament Appearances . . . TwoPrevious Appearance . . . . . . . . . . . . 2000Last NCAA Opponent . . Syracuse L (79-65)

    at the Midwest Regional in Cleveland, OhioNCAA Tournament Record . . . . . . . . 0-2

    TEAM INFORMATION2003-04 Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . 12-162003-04 OVC Record/Finish . . 7-9/T-5thStarters Returning/Lost . . . . . . . . . . . 2/3Letterwinners Returning/Lost . . . . . . 8/5

    COACHING STAFFHead Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . Jimmy Tillette

    Alma Mater . Our Lady of Holy Cross, 75Record at Samford . . . 117-92 (Eighth year)Career Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SameAssistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Kelly

    Alma Mater . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tulane, 87Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Maker

    Alma Mater . . . . California Baptist, 88Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Burgess

    Alma Mater . . . . . . . . . . . Samford, 00

    SPORTS INFORMATIONMens Basketball Contact . . Zac SchrieberOffice Phone . . . . . . . . . . (205) 726-2802Cell Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . (205) 532-3476E-mail . . . . . . . . . . zdschrie@samford.edu

    Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joey MullinsOffice Phone . . . . . . . . . . (205) 726-4244Cell Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . (205) 821-7493E-mail . . . . . . . . . jmmulli1@samford.edu

    SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENTThe Samford Sports Information Department is headed up by first-year direc-

    tor Joey Mullins and assistant director Zac Schrieber. Intern Tootie Taylor alsoplays an instrumental role in the day-to-day operations of the department andhandles volleyball, track and field, cross country and both mens and womenstennis.

    Schrieber serves as the primary contact for mens basketball, womens soccerand softball, while Mullins handles football, womens basketball and baseball.

    All members of the media working Samford mens basketball games mustrequest credentials from Zac Schrieber. Early requests are helpful, enabling mediato receive parking passes prior to the game.

    The Last Time OutSAMFORD 56ULM 63

    BULLDOGS FALL SHORT ON THE ROAD AGAINST ULM, 63-556The Samford University basketball team made a late run behind the second-half scoring of J.

    Robert Merritt on Dec. 3, but the Bulldogs' comeback attempt fell short versus the Louisiana-Monroe Indians, 63-56, at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

    "I could say that we didn't do what we needed to do today, but actually I have to give a lot ofcredit to Louisiana-Monroe for doing the things that they needed to do," said Samford head coachJimmy Tillette. "They forced us to speed up offensively and that took us out of our rhythm a lit-tle bit."

    Merritt, a 6-6 junior from Oklahoma City, Okla., scored 15 points in the second half of playto bring Samford (3-3) within four points, 57-53, with 3:04 remaining. At that point, the Indians'Adrian Harper hit a clutch three-point basket from the corner to increase ULM's lead to 60-53.

    Merritt finished the contest with a game-high 20 points. He was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.The Bulldogs then cut Louisiana-Monroe's lead to four points again as redshirt freshman Joe

    Ross Merritt knocked down a key three-point shot at 2:20 remaining in the game. Samford's 6-4guard finished the contest with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

    Louisiana-Monroe (4-1) scored the last four points of the game as the Indians continued to hittheir free throws. ULM shot 73.7 percent from the free-throw line against the Bulldogs and priorto the game the Tribe was shooting a stellar 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.

    Gary Robinson hit two free throws down the stretch and Cecil Hood added a late score to putthe game out

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