W. Carolina 61, Samford 44

W. Carolina 61, Samford 44

Published Feb. 26, 2010 2:31 a.m. ET

Brandon Giles scored 19 points and Western Carolina beat Samford 61-44 on Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

The Catamounts (20-10, 10-7 Southern Conference), who reached the 20-win mark for the first time since the 1971-72 season, remain in fourth place in the conference.

Keaton Cole added 11 points and Richie Gordon had 10 for the Catamounts.

A dunk by Gordon with 11:56 to play capped a 10-0 run to give the Catamounts a 39-30 lead. Samford scored the next five points, but the Catamounts responded with an 8-1 run capped by another dunk by Gordon to put the game out of reach at 47-35 with 6:35 to play. The lead remained in double digits the rest of the way.


The Catamounts shot 48.9 percent from the field (22 of 45).

Josh Davis led the Bulldogs (11-18, 5-12) with 13 points and Trey Montgomery added 10.