Samford holds off Troy 83-79

DENTON, Texas (AP) Darius Jones-Gibson scored 16 points, Christen Cunningham and Marcus Johnson each scored 15, and Samford beat Troy 83-79 on Monday at the Mean Green Showcase.

Matt Rose scored a career-high 13 points and Wyatt Walker had nine points with 12 rebounds, both career highs, for the Bulldogs (2-2), who made 10 of 23 3-pointers.

Trailing 44-35 at halftime, the Trojans tied it at 51 on a layup by Daniel Peace and the lead traded hands until a minute left, when Troy's Jordon Varnado tied it at 79 with a jumper.

Jones-Gibson put Samford up 82-79 with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go and Wyatt Walker iced it with a free throw. Troy had its chances, but Wesley Person missed a potential game-tying 3 with 4 seconds left.

Jeremy Hollimon led the Trojans (3-1) with a career-high 23 points, Varnado scored 19 with a career-high five assists, and Person added 14 points.

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