Guerrero scores 26, lifts Samford past Miles College 66-57

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Ruben Guerrero scored 26 points, including a drive in the paint that lifted Samford into the lead for keeps, and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Division II Miles College 88-57 to remain unbeaten Wednesday night.

The teams traded the lead six times in the second half, Miles moving ahead 49-48 on a Nathan Sheffield 3-pointer with nine minutes to play. Guerrero and Kevion Nolan made four-straight free throws to tie, then came Guerrero’s drive for the lead with 5:44 remaining and Samford, off to its best start in a decade, led by as many as 11 down the stretch.

Josh Sharkey and Myron Gordon scored 10 points apiece for Samford (4-0).

Jelani Watson-Gayle led the Golden Bears with 14 points and the D-II team scrapped all game with Samford, the teams going through five ties and 11 lead changes.