BIRMINGHAM --- Samford used the strength of the 3-point field goal to keep Tennessee State in check and the Bulldogs were able to hold on late to hand the Tigers a 79-68 setback Saturday afternoon in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Samford built a 41-28 halftime lead and led by as many as 20 points before the Tigers began a second half charge. TSU was able cut the lead to six points on a pair of occasions, the last at 74-68 with 1:20 remaining on a jump shot by Roshaun Bowens.
The Tigers (6-10, 1-1) would not score the remainder of the game and Samford sealed the game with five throws down the stretch.
Wayne Arnold was the only Tiger in double figures with 17 points. Bowens and Bruce Price each scored nine points. TSU was 24-49 for 40 percent and were out-rebounded 28-19.
Samford (7-6, 2-0) placed five players in double figures, led by Josh Hare's 14 points. Samford was 28-46 from the field for 61 percent and made 11-20 3-point field goals for 55 percent.
TSU will host Southeast Missouri Thursday in its home opener.