Trojans run away with 84-50 win over Texas State

Published 8:56 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Troy Trojans returned home on Thursday night to host the Texas State Bobcats inside Trojan Arena.

Japonica James tied a career high with 28 points and the Troy Trojans ran away with an 84-50 win over the Bobcats.

The win for the Trojans gives them their third-straight win. They improve their Sun Belt Conference record on the season to 6-2 and they are now 15-3 overall.

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James finished with a double-double. She finished with 11 rebounds to go along with her 28 points.

The Trojans win capped off an historic night inside Trojan Arena. Amber Rivers finished with eight points and became the 24th Trojan player to eclipse the 1,000 point mark.

The Trojans jumped out to a 9-3 lead before the first media timeout. The Bobcats, down 11-7, went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead of the Trojans for the first time at 14-11. The Bobcats stretched their lead to four at 17-13 heading into the second quarter.

The Trojans shot just 31 percent in the opening quarter and turned the ball over seven times.

Early in the second quarter Japonica James scored nine straight Trojan points. The Trojans went on a 13-0 run and took a 33-22 lead. They finished the half on a 15-4 run and went into the locker room at halftime leading by nine at 35-26. Troy’s largest lead came at 11 with 2:15 remaining in the half.

The Trojans finished out the half outshooting the Bobcats 34-33 percent.

Alexus Dye scored eight points in the third quarter and the Trojans pushed their lead to as many as 22 points before heading into the fourth quarter leading by 20 at 62-42.

The Trojans led by as many as 34 points in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans came into the game leading the country in total rebounds. They out rebounded the Bobcats 65-27 on Thursday night.

Alexus Dye finished with 11 points and pulled down a team high 16 rebounds. Tiyah Johnson became the third player for the Trojans to finish in double figures. She finished with 10 points.

The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Texas-Arlington beginning at 2 p.m.