Trojans Stop Losing Streak

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TROY, AL – A second half explosion from Little Rock turned a six point deficit into a 25-point advantage as the Trojans blew out Troy 84-70 at Trojan Arena Thursday night.
The win snaps a five game losing streak for Little Rock and gives the Trojans their first Sun Belt road win of the season, improving to 8-15 on the year and 3-7 in Sun Belt Conference play.
After scoring 30 points in the first half, Little Rock responded with 54 in the second half, its most points in a half this season. The Trojans couldn’t miss in the second half, shooting nearly 80% from the floor and ending the game at 63.5%, going 8-of-16 from three-point range.
The effort was led by four Trojans scoring in double figures, led by 24 points from Rayjon Tucker, who went 9-of-14 from the floor, scoring in double figures for the 21st time this season.
Nikola Maric and Deondre Burns each finished with 12 points, with Burns scoring all of his in the second half. Markquis Nowell added 11 points and six assists, tying for the team lead with Jaizec Lottie who finished with eight points.
Little Rock was also efficient on the boards, outrebounding Troy 33-19 on the night while holding a commanding 40-22 edge in points in the paint.
It was a quick start for Little Rock as the Trojans raced out to an early lead, building a seven point advantage at 13-6 early, thanks to six early points from Maric. That advantage would push to eight at 20-12 at the midway point of the half, Little Rock’s largest of the game.
But as has been the case in recent games, a scoring drought by Little Rock translated into an extended run for the opposition as Troy rattled off 16-straight points, turning that eight point Little Rock lead into an eight point deficit at 28-20.
Troy would push that lead to nine at 33-24 with 2:54 remaining and appeared on the brink of getting ready to break the game open, but Little Rock regrouped by rattling off six-straight points to get to within one possession at 33-30. Troy knocked down a three in the final seconds, however, giving the Alabama Trojans a 36-30 lead at the half.
The run Little Rock started at the end of the first half carried over into the second as the Trojans began to heat up from the floor, as well as beyond the arc. Little Rock outscored Troy 27-13 over the first nine minutes of the second half, connecting on 10 of its first 11 shots to turn the six point deficit into an eight point lead at 57-49.
From there, Little Rock kept its foot on the pedal, extending its run to 16-2 and building its advantage to 16 at 65-49 with 8:17 remaining in the game. The offensive attack continued to frustrate Troy as the Trojans were unable to answer and watched as Little Rock used another extended run, building a 25-point lead at 79-54 off Bankston’s 56th dunk of the season.
From there, Little Rock kept Troy at bay as both teams cleared the benches in the final few minutes with the home Trojans whittling the lead slightly in the closing minutes.
With the win over Troy, Little Rock sweeps the season series against the Alabama Trojans and earn their first win at Troy since 2016. It also marks Little Rock’s first sweep over Troy since that 2015-16 season, improving to 14-9 all-time against the other Trojans.
Little Rock now looks to build on the positive note and seek its first road winning streak in quite some time, heading to Mobile, Alabama, for a showdown with South Alabama. Tip off against the Jaguars is set for 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell Center.

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