- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Kris Acox had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Furman pulled away in the final seven minutes to beat Samford 83-73 on Thursday night.

Acox was 9 of 15 from the floor. Devin Sibley added 17 points, and John Davis III and Daniel Fowler chipped in 14 points apiece for Furman (10-6, 3-0 Southern Conference), which is off to its best conference start since opening 4-0 during the 1986-87 season.

Wyatt Walker scored 18 points to lead Samford (11-5, 2-1). Christen Cunningham had 15 points and eight assists. Demetrius Denzel-Dyson and Josh Sharkey each added 12 points.

The Bulldogs had their last lead, 62-59 with 7:02 left before Acox blocked a shot and Davis made a 3-pointer, sparking a 24-11 run to end it. Davis scored eight points and the Paladins were 11 of 11 from the free-throw line during the stretch.

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