TROY, AL (astateredwolves.com) – Trailing 38-27 with 18:09 remaining, the Arkansas State University men's basketball team used a 27-5 run to gain an 11-point lead and went on to defeat Troy 64-55 Saturday at Trojan Arena.
With the victory, A-State improves to 9-10 on the year and 4-6 in Sun Belt Conference play. Troy drops to 7-11 and 2-7 in SBC play with their third-straight loss. The win improved A-Stat to 6-5 on the road, two road wins shy of the single-season program record.
"I told our team after the game, the thing I'm most proud of is the way we played with toughness and showed resiliency after what happened on Thursday," head coach John Brady said. "We've got enough players and we showed character and toughness tonight. We've got to have that attitude and unselfishness like we had tonight."
Anthony Livingston powered his way to a ninth double-double as the sophomore post finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sean Gardner added 13 points and Cameron Golden had 12 points, all coming in the second half. Kevin Thomas led the Trojans with 20 points and 11 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass.
Holding a 30-25 halftime lead, Troy took a 38-27 lead with a 8-2 run to open the half, including knocking down two three-pointers after hitting one in the first half. A-State reversed the tables with an 11-2 run followed by a 16-0 run to gain an 11-point advantage.
During the 27-5 run, A-State had three and-one plays in a second half that saw the Red Wolves shoot 7-for-9 (78 percent) from the charity stripe. Livingston completed a three-point play to cut Troy's lead to 38-30 and the first career three-point play by Daijon Macklien made it a five point game, 40-35. Later, Nouhoum Bocoum completed an and-one play to increase the A-State lead to 47-43 with 9:17 left.
Spanning just over 11 minutes (11:01), A-State outscored the Trojans 27-5 to erase the 11-point deficit. Cameron Golden was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc for all 12 of his points on the night. A-State shot 54 percent (14-26) from the field and 80 percent (4-5) from three to outscore Troy 39-25 in the second half.
Troy shot 37 percent (10-27) from the floor in the second period, but just 31 percent (4-13) from three-point range. A-State forced seven Trojan turnovers in the second half en route to 13 points off turnovers in the second half alone.
A-State used an 8-0 run early in the first half to hold a 14-8 advantage over Troy. A trey by Gardner extended the run to 11-2 as the Red Wolves led 17-8, but the Trojans responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 17-17. Frederic Dure knocked down a three to put A-State back on top, but Troy closed the first half on a 13-5 run to take a 30-25 lead into the halftime break.
Troy was 5-of-25 (20 percent) from the floor with 7:38 remaining in the first half, but the Trojans closed the first half by knocking down 6-of-11 (55 percent). A-State shot 29 percent (9-31) from the field and 3-11 (27 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half.
A-State finished the night 23-57 (40 percent) from the field and 7-16 (44 percent) from beyond the arc while making 11-16 (69 percent) of their free throws. Troy shot 31 percent (21-67) becoming the fourth opponent in the last five games that A-State held below 36 percent shooting. Troy was 5-26 (19 percent) from the arc and 8-11 (73 percent) from the charity stripe.
"Defensively, we really guarded well tonight," Brady added. "I can't tell you how proud I am of these players tonight. To come back and win on the road after the debacle last Thursday, it's just a character win. It's good to be able to come back home and play UALR on Thursday."
Troy out-rebounded the Red Wolves 43-40, but A-State improved to 9-1 on the season when pulling down 35-plus rebounds. Troy pulled down 17 offensive rebounds, but scored just 12 second-chance points.