Trojans go 2-1 at Georgia Southern

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 30, 2009

It was a weekend of ups and downs for the Troy basketball team at the Legends Classic regional in Statesboro, Ga., this past weekend.

The Trojans started off hot on the campus of Georgia Southern University, winning their first two games against Arkansas-Fort Smith and Valparaiso, but fell to Georgia Southern in the final game Sunday.

“We really left disappointed,” said coach Don Maestri. “We feel like we should have won all three of those basketball games. We just played horribly against Georgia Southern. Our team just wasn’t very tough with the basketball.”

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Troy had a chance to go 3-0 on the weekend after beating UA-Fort Smith 115-76 Friday and Valparaiso 80-64 Saturday, but was unable to do so.

“It was a good feeling just to get back to winning,” Maestri said. “We just haven’t been playing good basketball lately, though.”

The tournament also gave Troy a chance to evaluate its personnel.

“One thing this tournament did is it gave us a chance to evaluate our personnel better from a chemistry perspective,” Maestri said. “Bernard Toombs earned some more playing time there in the middle, so it will be him and Yamene Coleman there more than anything.”

Toombs finished with 22 points over the course of the weekend on 10-15 shooting and also pulled down 20 rebounds. Toombs recorded his first career double-double against UA-Fort Smith, when he scored 14 points and pulled down 10 boards.

With the Legends Classic now behind them, the Trojans will turn their attention to a full week of practice leading up to their game against Auburn Friday.