• 63°

Trojans fall to first place Georgia Southern

The Troy Trojans returned home on Thursday night to take on first place Georgia Southern at Trojan Arena.

The Trojans couldn’t keep up with the hot shooting Eagles in an 82-66 loss.

The loss for the Trojans gives them their second consecutive loss and are now 4-8 overall and 3-5 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The Trojans held a 17-16 lead with 12:16 remaining in the opening half. The Eagles responded with a 13-2 run over the course of the next five minutes to take a 10-point lead at 29-19.

The Eagles led by as many as 13 points in the half. The Trojans were able to dwindle their deficit down to eight points at halftime at 43-35.

After shooting around 50 percent in the first eight minutes of the half, the Trojans finished the half shooting 48 percent. The Eagles outshot the Trojans by shooting 56 percent. The Eagles made six of their 14 3-point attempts.

The Trojans came out in the second half and got to within five points at 47-42, but went into the under 16:00 timeout down by double digits at 52-42 with 15:50 remaining.

The Trojans were able to keep their deficit within 13 points, until Georgia Southern’s Quan Jackson nailed a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 68-52 lead with 9:21 remaining in the second half.

The Eagles stretched their lead to as many as 18 points with just under 2:00 remaining in the game.

The Trojans finished with two players in double figures led by Nick Stampley who finished with 17 points. Desmond Williams had 12 points. He made four of his 10 3-point attempts. Ty Gordon finished with five points.

The Eales finished the game shooting 54 percent compared to 47 percent for the Trojans. The Eagles shot 40 percent from behind the arc and outscored the Trojans in the paint 44-40.

The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday when they host Georgia State at Trojan Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.