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      Williams scores 21, leads Samford past App. State in opening rounad of SoCon tournament

      Samford will face top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Davidson in a Saturday quarterfinal. (SamfordSports.com)

      ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Tim Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 8 seed Samford bounced ninth-seeded Appalachian State 70-56 Friday in the opening round of the Southern Conference tournament.

      The Bulldogs (13-19) face top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Davidson (19-11) in a Saturday quarterfinal.

      Friday was the teams' third meeting in 23 days, Appalachian State sweeping the regular-season contests.

      Williams contributed five points in a late burst as the Bulldogs edged to a 29-25 halftime lead, and scored 14 after halftime when Samford never trailed. Samford forced 15 turnovers and held a 37-33 rebounding edge.

      Appalachian State (9-21), which is leaving the Southern Conference after this season, had won its five previous tournament openers. The Mountaineers were balanced five players scoring 11 or 10 points but cold, hitting just 20 of 51 shots, 2 of 14 on 3-pointers. Frank Eaves and Tab Hamilton scored 11 each.

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