Spring 2001
Vol 18 No. 1

Making Samford a Better Place

An Exceptional Gift

Working for the Common Good

New Business Leadership

Opening the Free Market

Trucking with Computers

Other Stories
Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Faculty Compendium

Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

A Cappella Choir Invited to Sing in Russia

Wind Ensemble Performs at MENC Conference

Samford Students Out-Perform Peers in 'Engagement' with Learning: NSSE

Student Accolades

Samford History Prof's Book on King Jail Letter Examines Complexities of '60s Racial Scene

Humphreys Writes on Baptists and Calvinism

Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

George Authors Doctrine Study

Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

Pharmacies Could Hold a Key to Effective Disaster Response

Cochran and Moore Write the Samford Record Book

Baseball Alumni: Send Your Name

Kenny Morgan Scholarship Winners



Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

With only two starters back and a healthy mix of freshmen, the Samford men's basketball team spent the early season getting to know each other. The Bulldogs faced a difficult pre-conference schedule, and the result entering January was almost predictable: a 3-7 record.

But Coach Jimmy Tillette's team found its rhythm at that point and finished third in the Trans America Athletic Conference regular season race. The 'Dogs went 12-7 from January on, and took TAAC champion Georgia State down to the wire before losing in the semifinal round of the conference tournament in Atlanta.

Samford's 15-14 record was its seventh consecutive winning season and the fourth in a row since Tillette became head coach. It's by far the longest string of consecutive winners in Bulldog history.

"But with our recent success, nobody is satisfied with just having a winning season anymore," said Tillette, whose 1999 and 2000 teams went to the NCAA Tournament.

Even so, the Bulldogs could point to some superlatives. They finished third nationally in three-point goals, averaging 9.8 a game. They ranked 20th in defense among the more than 300 Division I teams, allowing just 62.7 points a game.

And on one remarkable January afternoon in Seibert Hall, they established the NCAA season high for three-point goals in a game, hitting 23 in a 94-47 win over Troy State. That performance was a record for both Samford and the conference.

Marc Salyers, a senior from Owensboro, Ky., who has been a big part of recent success, led Samford in points (17.2 a game) and rebounds (6.2), earning All-TAAC First Team honors. He finished his four-year career with 1,604 points, sixth all-time for the Bulldogs.

The season is history now, and Tillette and his staff are looking to 2001-02. What can fans expect?

"We'll be young," said the coach. "And we'll play Indiana and Georgia early in the year."

Two other things are pretty certain. Samford will play tough defense, and there'll be no shortage of three-pointers when the 'Dogs have the ball.