Person’s 30 Points Not Enough for Troy Men at Appalachian State
Wesley Person fell one shy of a career-high with 30 points, but Appalachian State couldn’t miss from long range and the Troy men’s basketball team fell, 78-74, at the Holmes Center on Saturday.
BOONE, North Carolina – Wesley Person fell one shy of a career-high with 30 points, but Appalachian State couldn’t miss from long range and the Troy men’s basketball team fell, 78-74, at the Holmes Center on Saturday.
Troy (9-18, 4-12) was locked into a tight game all night, but Appalachian State (7-20, 5-11) hit 12-of-22 from long range while only hitting 12-of-32 from inside the arc.
Person was 10-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-10 from deep and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, leading three Trojans that scored in double figures. Jordon Varnado scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and John Walton III scored 10 points, both despite seeing a lot of double teams in the post.
The Mountaineers came out on fire, hitting seven of those 3-pointers in the first half, including three from Frank Eaves. The Sun Belt’s second-leading scorer had 13 points at halftime, but Troy did a great job on him in the second half. Eaves scored just six in the second half, none in the rhythm of the offense.
Troy took its lone of lead of the game, 50-49, on a Varnado putback with 14:45 to go in the second half. However, from there the Mountaineers hit two 3-pointers, the second from Emarius Logan who was 5-of-7 from deep off the App State bench.
Troy tied the score again, 57-57, with 10:38 to go, but the Mountaineers led the rest of the way from there. Troy had a chance to take a lead in the final minute, but after App State missed two free throws to keep Troy within two, 74-72, Person’s 3-point attempt with 25 seconds to go didn’t fall.
App State made 4-of-6 free throws from that point to ice the game. Both teams struggled from the line as Troy left nine points there on a 12-of-21 effort. App State missed 10 free throws itself in an 18-of-28 effort, four of those in the final minute to keep Troy in it.
On the night, Troy shot 45 percent (28-of-62) and only turned it over a season-low four times, that after committing 21 on Tuesday in a win at South Alabama. Troy’s loss on Saturday kept them from winning a third straight game.
Eaves led the Mountaineers with 19 points while Logan has 17 and Ronshad Shabazz has 15. Applachian State outrebounded Troy, 40-31.
Troy returns home on Thursday to host UL Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Arena. Troy will then close its home schedule with a Saturday contest against ULM on Senior Day.