Troy, Alabama (Nov. 27, 2017) --- Troy shot nearly 65 percent from the field to highlight its 95-64 win over Delaware State at Trojan Arena this evening.
Wesley Person, Jr. led four Troy players in double-figures with a game-high 22 points. Person, son of former NBA star Chuck Person, was 8-for-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 on three-point shots.
Juan Davis and Shawn Hopkins added 16 points each, while Alex Hicks tallied 15 (7-8 FGs) for the Trojans, who won for the third time in four games to improve to 4-3 this season.
Troy knocked down 33 of its 51 shots (64.7%) from the floor and 13-of-26 from three-point territory (50%).
Delaware State (2-5) shot a season-high 49% for the game, hitting on 24-of-49 attempts. The Hornets also posted a season-best 46.7% mark for three-point shooting, connecting on seven-of-15 shots from beyond the arc in the game.
Freshman guard Pinky Wiley was DSU’s high scorer with 14 points, his second-best output of the season and third double-figure scoring game.
Senior Artem Tavakalyan came off the bench add 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field for the Hornets. He also tied his career-high with three three-point field goals (3-4) in the game.
Troy sprinted out to the early lead, highlighted by four three-pointers in the first seven minutes. Javan Johnson capped off a 15-0 Trojan run with a three-ball to give the hosts a 20-4 lead with 13:13 left in the first half.
Delaware State answered with a 10-0 rally of its own to trim the deficit to single-digits. Marquis Collins hit the second of two free throws to cut Troy’s lead to 20-14 at the 9:54 mark of the opening half. Wiley hit two three-pointers and Kavon Waller one during the Hornet rally.
The Trojans were ahead by as many as 18 points later in the half and held a 47-30 lead at the break.
The Hornets trailed by as many as 32 points in the second half.
Troy won the rebound battle 30-20. Hicks led the Trojans with a game-high eight boards.
The Hornets have little time to reflect on the loss. They return to action this Wednesday (Nov. 29) at home against Binghamton (NY). Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m., following the Delaware State women’s basketball 2017-18 home opener against Longwood in Memorial Hall.