Stephens scores 24 to carry VMI over Samford 96-78 in SoCon

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Jake Stephens went 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and scored a career-high 24 points as ninth-seeded VMI beat eighth-seeded Samford 96-78 in the first game of the Southern Conference tourney.

Brandon Austin led the Bulldogs with 20 points.