Troy returns to Trojan Arena

Published 7:01 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For the first time this season, the Troy men’s and women’s basketball teams will play in a double header on Thursday inside Trojan Arena.

Troy’s women’s basketball team will begin the night with a matchup with instate rival Alabama State at 5 p.m.

The men finish off the evening against Austin Peay beginning around 7:15.

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The Lady Trojans come into tonight’s game on a roll after winning five straight games, including Saturday’s win over Mississippi Valley State.

The win improved the Trojans’ record on the season to 5-1 with their only blemish being against Florida State in the opener.

Amber Rivers leads the Trojans with 74 overall points. She also leads the team with 12.3 points per game. She is the only player averaging over 10 points per game.

The Trojans have broken the 80-point mark three times this season including a season-high 92 points in their win over Tennessee State.

Alabama State comes to Trojan Arena in search of their first win of the season. They are coming off a loss to North Alabama. Alabama State has started winless in their first four games for the second time in the last three years.

Ayana Emmanuel leads the Hornets in scoring with 12.3 points per game.

The Trojans got the best of the Hornets in their last meeting 93-63 in Montgomery.

The Trojan men are coming off a victory over North Alabama in the finale of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday. The Trojans finished the classic 2-2. They also picked up a win over Central Arkansas 82-77.

The Trojans come into the contest with a 3-3 record. Senior Jordon Varnado leads the Trojans with 16.5 points per game. He nearly averages a double-double with 9.2 rebounds per game, second-most in the Sun Belt Conference.

Alex Hicks has also averaged double figures with 12 points per contest.

The Trojans are 3-1 so far this season at home with their lone loss coming to Southern Miss on November 15.

The Governors enter the contest with a 2-4 record and are coming off an 85-82 loss to Campbell on Sunday.

The Governors are led by Terry Taylor, who is averaging a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.

This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs. The Governors have won the previous four including the last meeting in December of 2017.