The Bulldogs traveled to Birmingham on Monday for an exhibition game against Samford University. With Dylan Powers scoring 15 and E'Jay Ward having a his own team high of 16 points the Bulldogs stayed in the game against the NCAA Division I team.
Wesleyan converted only nine first-half baskets (shooting 32 percent), but were 7-of-15 from 3-point range, including five by Powers, and trailed by just four, 30-26, at the intermission. Samford stretched the lead to 14 midway of the second half. Fueled by Ward, who drained three 3-point baskets, and sophomore Matt Harper, the Bulldogs rallied and pulled even at 46 on Harper's '3' with 2:33 to play. Samford answered with a 3-pointer of their own, a layup and two free throws in a 7-0 run to open a 53-46 advantage and held on.
Ward finished with 16 points, four assists, three steals and a team-high eight rebounds. Powers tallied 15 points and Harper 10 to go with six rebounds. Isaiah Kirk and Matt Towry chipped in with six points each while pulling down seven and five rebounds, respectively.
"We played hard and did all the things we needed to do in order to give ourselves a chance to win," said Poe. "It was a great effort - we just came up a little short."
Wesleyan (3-2) will host Southern Wesleyan University (2-1) of Central, S.C. Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m. One of the Warriors' wins came in the season opener against Appalachian Athletic Conference member Milligan College, 95-89.