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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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    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 of reach, 63-56. Robinson led the Indians with a team-high 17 points.

    Randall Gulina, the Bulldogs' sophomore guard, caught fire in the first half of play and scored15 of the teams' 24 points in the opening period. The Baton Rouge, La., native shot 6-of-9 fromthe floor in the first half and was a blistering 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

    His total of 15 points was Gulina's career-high performance and he finished the game 6-of-12from the floor.

    "I think that we were a little out of sync in the first half of play and it seemed like the only per-son that came to play was Randall Gulina," said Tillette. "He really played with some good fire outthere and he kept us in the game early."

    Despite Gulina's first-half heroics, Samford trailed the Indians, 32-24, at intermission. TheBulldogs shot 37 percent from the floor in the first half, while Louisiana-Monroe connected on54.5 percent of its shots.

    The Tribe was led by a trio of scorers in the first half, who all finished the period with sixpoints. DeAndre Alexander, Gary Robinson and Daryl Mason each tallied six points in the firsthalf of play to pace Louisiana-Monroe.

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    Samfords Record When . . .

    Controlling the Tip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1Scoring First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1Leading at Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1Trailing at Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2Leading with 5:00 Left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1Trailing with 5:00 Left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2Tied with 5:00 Left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0Playing Overtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

    Out-rebounding an Opponent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0Getting Out-rebounded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3Rebounds are Even . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0Committing More Turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1Forcing More Turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2Turnovers are the Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0Attempting More Free Throws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0Allowing More Free-Throw Attempts . . . . . . . . . 2-3Free-Throw Attempts are the Same . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

    Shooting Above 50% from Field . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0Shooting Below 50% from Field . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3Opponent Shoots Above 50% from the Field . . . 0-2Opponent Shoots Below 50% from the Field . . . 3-1Shooting Better than their Opponent . . . . . . . . .3-1Opponent Shoots Better from the Field . . . . . . . 0-2

    Shooting Better than 40% from 3-point Range . . 3-0Shooting Less than 40% from 3-point Range . . . 0-3Shooting Better than Opponent from 3-point . . 3-1Shooting Better than 80% from the Line . . . . . . 1-0Shooting Less than 80% from the Line . . . . . . . 2-3

    Bench Outscores the Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1Opponents Bench Outscores Samfords . . . . . . . 0-1Bench Scoring is the Same . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1Following a Samford win . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2Following a Samford loss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1

    3-or-more Players Score in Double Figures . . . . . 2-14-or-more Players Score in Double Figures . . . . . 2-05-or-more Players Score in Double Figures . . . . . 2-0

    Wearing White Uniforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1Wearing Blue Uniforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2

    In November . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2In December . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1In January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0In February . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0In March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

    On Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0On Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1On Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1On Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0On Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1On Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0On Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

    SAMFORDS PROBABLE STARTERSNO. POS. NAME HT. WT. CL./EXP. HOMETOWN STATISTICS14 F Jon Mills 6-6 228 Sr./3VL Winfield, Ala. 8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg31 F Bryan Boerjan 6-7 228 Sr./3VL Rock Falls, Ill. 6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg4 G J. Robert Merritt 6-6 214 Jr./2VL Oklahoma City, Okla. 17.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg25 G Jerry Smith 6-2 178 So./1VL Picayune, Miss. 6.0 ppg, 5.0 apg34 G Randall Gulina 6-1 204 So./1VL Baton Rouge, La. 9.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg

    SSAAMMFFOORRDD OOFFFF TTHHEE BBEENNCCHHNO. POS. NAME HT. WT. CL./EXP. HOMETOWN STATISTICS42 F Josh Hare 6-5 227 Sr./2VL Cleveland, Tenn. 5.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg5 G Joe Ross Merritt 6-4 200 Fr./RS Oklahoma City, Okla. 5.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg12 F Ryan Woolsey 6-7 215 Fr./RS Valliant, Okla. 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg22 G Curtis West 6-0 180 Fr./HS Baton Rouge, La. 1.5 ppg, 0.7 rpg55 G Anthony LoPiano 6-1 177 Jr./2VL Long Island, N.Y. 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg10 G Be...

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