By Charlie Howard
On Jan. 22, the Samford men’s basketball coaches did their part in helping raise cancer awareness by supporting the Suits And Sneakers Awareness Week. Throughout the week, basketball coaches all over the country wore sneakers instead of dress shoes on game days.
That night, the Bulldogs claimed their first SoCon victory of the year, and Scott Padgett’s first as head coach, beating the Spartans of UNC- Greensboro 89-78.
On Feb. 5, the Bulldogs went on the road to face off against Western Carolina. The ‘Dogs found themselves down 21 points in the second half, but eventually went on to win 76-72 after going on a 24-2 run late in the game.
Senior power forward Tyler Hood hit a clutch basket to seal the historic victory, the team’s first at the Catamounts’ Ramsey Center.
“After the game, well it was a tip of a hat to our resiliency to how much we worked to come back,” Hood said, “because even though we had a large deficit we still overcame it.”
Resilient is the one word the men’s basketball team would use to describe their effort during this active five-game win streak.
Hood said the team has really grown since day one.
“We have gone through some trials this year for sure, but these guys have become my brothers for life.”
In their most recent game, a 71-68 victory over ETSU this past Saturday, the ‘Dogs had five players score in double figures.
The unselfish play kept the team in the game, allowing them to climb back from a 12-point second-half deficit.
Are the sneakers still prominent on the sidelines?
Scott Padgett and staff have dedicated themselves to wearing sneakers until this amazing win streak ends.
The ‘Dogs will look to earn their sixth-consecutive victory when they host The Citadel on Thursday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.