Troy men, women return home for doubleheader with Arkansas St.

Published 11:37 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

After suffering losses to Florida Atlantic and Florida International last week, the Troy men’s and women’s basketball teams will return home to face Arkansas State in a doubleheader today.

The men are looking to get back on track after winning two straight conference game before the road trip.

Senior Emil Jones leads Troy with 10.9 points per game and is second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per contest.

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Though the Trojans (7-12, 2-6 Sun Belt) have lapsed at times, the team is still ranked seventh in the county for fewest turnover per game averaging 10.5.

Arkansas State (11-7, 5-4 Sun Belt) comes into the contest after defeating Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, 63-39. Before that, the Red Wolves had lost two straight.

The Trojans will look to slow down Ed Townsel who heads the squad with 15.4 points per game. Brandon Peterson is Arkansas State’s top all-around threat averaging 11 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Last season Troy fell to ASU on the road, 83-59.

Hunter Williams and Antoine Myers have played solid basketball of late as well for Troy. Both are averaging over 8.5 points per game. The Trojans have also received contributions from Ray Chambers and Josh Warren.

The men will tip 30 minuets after the women’s game concludes.

The Troy women will begin at 5:15 p.m. and are looking to overcome a sour road trip as well.

The Trojans also fell to Florida Atlantic and Florida International in a trip that saw them away from Troy for six days and five nights.

Troy (3-14, 0-8 Sun Belt) is still looking for its first conference win under first-year coach Chanda Rigby.

The Trojans have lost seven straight games, but did play well in their last tow games.

Joanna Harden dropped 33 points on FIU on 11-of 19 shooting form the field. Harden is averaging 12.5 points per game to lead her squad and is shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line, which is best in the Sun Belt Conference.

Despite being the only winless team in the league, Troy leads the Sun Belt in scoring (74.6 ppg) and rebounding (42.7 rpg). Four of Troy’s eight conference losses have been by six points or less.

Arkansas State (9-9, 6-3 Sun Belt) is tied at the top of the Sun Belt Conference West Division leaderboard. The Red Wolves have won four straight including a triumph over ULM over the weekend.

Jane Morrill leads the team with 14.9 points per game, which ranks her sixth in the Sun Belt.

The Arkansas State defense isn’t to shabby either allowing just 58.9 points per game, good enough for fourth in the league.