Trojans face FAU, look to snap home skid

Published 11:07 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rollercoaster would be a cliché way of describing Troy’s season but that is what it has been thus far. The Trojans are 6-10 overall and 1-4 in Sun Belt play and have lost three consecutive home games for the just the third time in 15 seasons.

Head coach Don Maestri will look to his seniors for leadership to get his team back on track.

“We’ve have two seniors,” he said. “They are going to have to lead this team on the court and get us going.”

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Both Tim Owens and Steven Cunningham will start tonight as the Trojans take on Florida Atlantic in conference play.

Owens is the only Trojan to start all 16 games this season while Cunningham hasn’t been in the opening lineup since Nov. 19. Cunningham missed six games due to injury.

“We’re going to put the seniors back in charge,” Maestri said. “Hopefully, they can give up a spark.”

Troy will look to avoid losing four straight at home for the first time since 1986-87.

Florida Atlantic, who split the 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference regular season title with Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State, has been on a similar ride as troy this season.

The Owls (6-12, 2-3) struggled through non-conference play coming out with a 4-9 mark. League play has been just as difficult as Florida Atlantic is just 2-3 in the conference.

The Owls have played consistent defense, however, allowing just 50.8 points per contest. Opponents are shooting just 37.9 percent against them this season.

“I don’t know if we know what to expect out of either team,” said Maestri. “Both teams have been up and down this season.”

Good news for the Trojans, they will have the full services of point guard Will “Mo” Weathers. Maestri said Weathers, who has been slowed due to an ankle injury, is feeling better than he has all season.

“He’s been in a slump,” Maestri said. “Mo doesn’t make excuses and he’ll go as hard as he can no matter what.”

Weathers lead the Trojans in scoring (11.4 ppg) despite scoring just 14 combined points in the last three games.

Maestri will also start Justin Wright for the first time in three games. Wright is second on the team scoring 10.3 points per game.

“Justin has played well in three of the last five games,” Maestri said.

The Trojans are in the second game of a three game home stand. Troy will take on Louisiana-Monore on Saturday.

Tip between Troy and Florida Atlantic tonight is set for 7:30 p.m. The Troy women’s team will play at 5:15.