CLEVELAND -- Brandon Austin scored a career-high 21 points and Samford beat Cleveland State 73-60 on Sunday.
Samford is 5-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season. That team finished 19-9 and won the former Trans America Athletic Conference's West Division. The TAAC changed its name to the Atlantic Sun in 2001.
DeAndre Thomas' 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 28-14 lead with 8:30 remaining before halftime. Cleveland State (2-3) got back in it and eventually scored the final eight points of the half and reduced its deficit to 35-34. The Vikings took a brief 36-35 lead before Samford went on a 14-0 run to seize control.