Alan Jones sparks Trojans in victory

Published 5:31 pm Saturday, February 11, 2012

Troy guard Alan Jones (11) dunks the ball during an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky in Troy, Ala., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Troy won 83-77. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

At 5-9, Alan Jones may not look like he can jump. He proved otherwise in Troy’s 83-77 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

The junior guard picked off an errant Hilltoppers pass with 11:39 in the second half and brought the 1,472 in attendance to their feet with a two-handed slam.

“I was just waiting for it to happen,” Jones said. “It was my first dunk in a game. It was exciting.”

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The dunk tied the game at 50-50 as Troy erased an 11-point deficit.

The Trojans (8-15, 3-9) trailed by nine at halftime and shot just 1-for-9 from three point range. Jones, who scored 18 points, gave the Trojans a jump start in the second half, shooting 4-5 from beyond the arc.

“When he came in, his intensity lifted us to another level,” said point guard Will Weathers, who finished with 12 points and six assists. “That really helped us pull out the win.”

Emil Jones again turned in another solid performance, scoring 16 points and hauling in nine rebounds.

The win was the first in four game. It also marked the 299th victory for head coach Don Maestri in Sartain Hall. Maestri and the Trojans will have one final attempt to reach the milestone as Sartain Hall hosts its final game on Feb. 18, when Arkansas-Little Rock visits Troy.