The Samford men’s basketball team traveled to South Carolina earlier this week as the first-place team in Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs come home in second place after an 85-77 SoCon loss at Wofford on Saturday.

Samford, which fell in overtime at Furman on Wednesday, is 14-9 overall and 8-2 in SoCon. UNC Greensboro is in first place in the conference with an 8-1 record. UNCG plays Furman (7-2) on Sunday. If Furman wins, there will be a three-way tie for first place.

The Bulldogs’ shot at going home in first place took a big hit in the first half on Saturday. Wofford shot 62.5 percent from the field overall and 61.5 on 3-pointers in the first half. The Terriers closed the final 1:35 of the half on a 9-0 run to take a 48-32 lead into halftime.

It was a big hole to climb out of for the Bulldogs. They nearly found a way to do that.

Samford trailed 77-67 with four minutes left when Ques Glover scored on a 3-point play. The Bulldogs added another Glover basketball and two Jermaine Marshall free throws to make it an one-possession game with 2:05 remaining. The Bulldogs went cold after that and didn’t score again until Bubba Parham’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining.

Wofford (13-10 overall, 5-5 SoCon) was 10 of 21 on 3-pointers, while Samford hit just 7 of 34 attempts. Glover had 20 points, two rebounds and three assists for the Bulldogs. Bubba Parham was the only other Samford player in double figures with 11 points.

Samford will remain on the road on Wednesday with a visit to Western Carolina.

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