Ques Glover didn't just step back into the Samford lineup on Saturday. The standout Samford point guard jumped in with both feet.

Glover, playing for the first time since November 30, scored a game-high 20 points to lead Samford to a 74-65 Southern victory over Western Carolina at the Pete Hanna Center.

The last full game the six-foot junior played was when he scored 26 points in 29 minutes in a loss to visiting Louisiana Tech on November 25. He hurt his knee in practice the following day. Glover played nearly the entire first half against DePaul four days later but could not come back in the second half. He's been out since.

On Saturday, he played  25 minutes, hitting 6 of 10 shots from the field and 8 of 9 from the field. He added three rebounds and an assist and turned the ball over three times. He got a little over 12 minutes in each half and scored 13 of his points after halftime. His performance helped lead the Bulldogs to their eighth consecutive victory in Southern Conference play.

Samford (14-7 overall, 8-0 SoCon) battled to a 32-24 halftime lead with a balanced effort. Glover's seven points led the way in the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs made 9 of 11 free throw attempts and got 15 bench points in the first half.  

Behind Tyzhaun Claude, who had all 17 of his points after halftime, Western Carolina (11-10 overall, 4-4 SoCon) played well early in the second half. The Catamounts eventually took a 40-38 lead on a 3-pointer by Trey Jackson with 13:47 left. Samford answered with successive layups by Glover, Bubba Parham and Jaden Campell to jumpstart a 15-1 run over the next five minutes. Western Carolina didn't get it back to single digits until 19 seconds remaining.

Jermaine Marshall had 14 points, 12 rebounds, two 3-pointers and two steals. Bubba Parham chipped in with 12 points, two 3-pointers and three rebounds, while Logan Dye added 11 points and five rebounds. Samford had just eight turnovers and forced Western Carolina into 12 turnovers. Samford was 6 of 22 on 3-pointers.

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