Mullahey’s career night lifts Troy past Nicholls State

Published 10:01 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Troy picked up its second win of the season Tuesday night at Trojan Arena with a 77-62 win over the Nicholls Colonels.

The Trojans were led on offense by Jeff Mullahey who finished the night with career high 19 points and 4 rebounds. Tevin Calhoun added 12 points and J.C. Bonny scored 11.

Troy head coach Phil Cunningham said his players did a good job executing the gameplan of driving to the hole and drawing fouls.

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“North Texas had them (Nicholls) in the bonus five minutes in to the game,” Cunningham said. “Our plan was to drive the ball because they play a really aggressive style of defense. They are aggressive on ball screens, so our plan was to attack and get to the foul line.”

The Trojans led 40-31 at half, despite attempting only 19 shots from the floor. In the first stanza, the Trojans went 18-for-21 from the free throw line. Late in the first half, Troy went over three minutes without a made shot from the field, but solid work at the charity stripe kept them out front.

Mullahey didn’t attempt a shot from the field in the first half, but hit all six of his free throw attempts. In the second half, Mullahey went 4-for-9 from the floor, including two three pointers.

Mullahey was a little taken back with his career night.

“It surprised me a little tonight as well,” Mullahey said. “I got a couple of open threes, and made a bunch of free throws. With these new rules they call more fouls, so I got a couple of touch fouls. I think one of them was in the back court, but I will take it.”

Troy moves to 2-2 on the season, and are perfect at home under first-year head coach Phil Cunningham. The Trojans travel to Central Arkansas Nov. 26.

Cunningham said the win over the Colonels is a big one for the program.

“Coach (Marcus) Grant and I have been together for a long time at Mississippi State , and have seen Nichols State several times in the past,” Cunningham said. “Our players may not understand and the fans may not understand it, but that was a really good win. Even if it wasn’t a pretty win.”