Opening night: Trojans open up conference play with a 77-59 win

Published 8:50 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019

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The Troy Trojans opened up conference play with a 77-59 win over Coastal Carolina on Thursday night inside Trojan Arena.

The win for the Trojans improves them to 5-7 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The Chanticleers led just one time in the game and that was 4-2 in the early stages of the game.

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The Trojans made 12 three-pointers while holding Coastal Carolina to just 3 in 19 attempts, all three of which came in the second half.

The Trojan defense forced 18 turnovers on the night.

Ty Gordon led the Trojans with 17 points. He made five of his six three-point attempts. Senior Darian Adams finished in double figures with 13 points as did Zay Willams with 10.

The Trojans led by as many as 15 points in the opening half. The Trojans held the Chanticleers scoreless for over 4 minutes midway through the half. The Trojans went on a 16-2 run to jump out to a 23-8 lead.

The Chanticleers had an 8-0 run to pull within six at 24-18.

Ty Gordon made all four of his 3-point attempts in the half, three of which came in the last minutes of the half, helping to push Troy’s lead to 14 heading into the halftime at 38-14.

The Trojan defense forced 14 first half turnovers. It’s the ninth time this season the Trojans forced double-digit turnovers in a half. The Chanticleers were 0-9 behind he arc in the first 20 minutes.

Darian Adams started the second half scoring with back-to-back three pointers to stretch Troy’s lead to 18 at 44-26.

The Chanticleers attempted to cut into their deficit when they went on a 7-2 run to get back to within 13.

Gordon and Chuck Norman hit back-to-back three pointers to give the Trojans a 21-point lead at 58-37 with 12:10 remaining in the game.

The Chanticleers heated up behind the arc in the second half, making all three of their three pointers. They got to within 13 points in the second half, but the Trojans pulled away time and time again to preserve the win.

The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday when they continue conference play at home against Appalachian State beginning at 2 p.m.