Troy returns home to face UALR
Published 10:20 pm Friday, January 4, 2013
After dropping three straight games, the Troy men’s basketball team (5-10, 0-4) will take the court on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch against UALR (9-7, 3-2) at Trojan Arena. The game will be part of a double-header, as the women’s team will also face UALR, at 5:15 p.m.
The Trojans were defeated at North Texas on Thursday night, falling to 0-4 in the Sun Belt. Westley Hinton had his best game this season, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds, mostly in the first half. Ray Chambers battled back spasms to score 11 points and grab eight boards, while Hunter Williams scored 10 points off the bench.
Williams and Emil Jones lead the team in scoring, at 9.6 points per game. Antoine Myers is right behind them at 9.5 points per game. Jones and Chambers are each averaging 6.3 boards per contest, while Myers is dishing out 3.3 assists per game.
UALR defeated Western Kentucky on Thursday, snapping a three game losing streak. Leroy Isler led the Trojans with 13 points, while Michael Javes and Ben Dillard each scored in double-figures. Will Neighbour currently leads UALR with 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Troy is 4-6 all-time against UALR, losing the matchup earlier this season in Little Rock, Ark., 58-56. Troy led by as many as 10 points in that game, but came up short in the second half. Williams dished out a career-high seven assists to go along with a team-high 11 points. Chambers tore down 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
After two tough road losses, the Troy women’s basketball team returns home on Saturday to host UALR at Trojan Arena at 5:15 p.m. Troy and UALR have already met once this season, with UALR winning that game in Little Rock, Ark. back in November.
Troy (3-10, 0-4) comes into Saturday’s contest having lost three straight, including their last two, which came on the road at Mississippi State and North Texas.
In the game at North Texas, guard Ashley Beverly-Kelley scored 33 points for the Trojans, setting a Division I era (1993-present) freshman record for Troy. Beverly-Kelley hit six 3-pointers on 12 attempts in the game and now leads all Sun Belt freshmen, averaging 13.2 points per game.
Beverly-Kelley is tied with Britney McCloud for the team scoring lead on the season, as the duo leads four Trojans who average double-figure scoring. No other Sun Belt team has players averaging double figures.
As a team, the Trojans scored 77.7 points per game, the best mark in the Sun Belt, and the 12th best in the nation. The Trojans also lead the Sun Belt in rebounding with 42.9 boards per game.
UALR (10-3, 3-2) comes into Saturday’s game sitting atop the Sun Belt West Division standings, but the Trojans have lost two straight, including a home game to WKU on Thursday, 78-69.
UALR, the defending Sun Belt Champions and an NCAA Tournament team each of the last three years, allows opponents to score just 53.8 points per game, the second best mark in the Sun Belt.
Offensively, the Trojans lead the Sun Belt in field goal percentage (43.2 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (35.0 percent), but they are last in the league in free throw percentage (57.2 percent).
Troy is 0-9 all-time against UALR, including this season’s earlier match-up at the Jack Stephens Center in which UALR won, 75-52. Troy started that 0-of-14 from the field and trailed 23-7 before making its first field goal nearly 10 minutes into the first half.
Following Saturday’s game, Troy will host ULM on Thursday at 12 p.m. at Trojan Arena. That game is set to air on the Sun Belt Network.