TSU downs GSU

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 6, 2003

When Greg Davis shoots like he did Thursday night, there is precious little the opposing team can do to stop the Trojan offense.

Davis hit three three-point shots from close to the Trojan head at Trojan Arena and was a perfect four-for-four from three-point range to lead the Trojans with 19 points as Troy State embarrassed Georgia State 99-81.

"The score was surprising to us," Troy State head coach Don Maestri said. "This is a very good team."

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Troy State shot 53 percent from three-point range in the first half and 48 percent from the game. LaCedrick Pettway hit three treys

in three attempts and Troy State hit 14 total.

"We do shoot better at home," said Eddie Baker, who scored 18 points for Troy State.

Georgia State actually led early in the game by as many as three points at 6-3. The Trojans took a 10-8 lead on a Marcus Millhouse jumper and never considered trailing again.

Troy State kept pulling away and steadily increasing their lead. The combination of hot shooting (nearly 50 percent in the first half) and stingy defense made possible the first half run.

"Coach kept telling us to keep our heads in the game, to keep playing defense and making shots," Baker said.

The Trojans ended many streaks Thursday night. Georgia State swept the games last year and had won the past four meetings.

"The other players were telling us all year they had this game circled," Baker said. "They wanted to beat Georgia State."

Also, Georgia State's loss ended a string of 35 consecutive wins when scoring more than 80.

All 10 Troy State players played at least 14 minutes Thursday and nine of them scored. Six Trojans scored in double figures.

The most impressive, though, came from Davis. He revved up the crowd in the first half with his long three to beat the shot clock. He was standing almost in the Trojan head at center court as the shot clock wound down, but had no fear about taking the shot.

"I was already warmed up from there," Davis said. "I was going to shoot it whether there was 10 or 12 seconds."