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No. 1, 2 seeds in Sun Belt fall; Troy tops Georgia St. 74-63

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Wesley Person scored 16 points, Jordon Varnado had 15 points and nine rebounds, and sixth-seeded Troy upset No. 2 seed Georgia State 74-63 on Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Top-seeded UT Arlington also lost on Saturday, setting up a finals matchup with No. 4 seed Texas State on Sunday. It will be the Trojans' first championship game since losing to North Texas in 2010.

Troy was down 37-28 at halftime but outscored Georgia State by 20 in the second half. Varnado had a block and DeVon Walker threw down a two-handed dunk at the other end for a 48-46 lead with 12 minutes left - Troy's first since 8:47 left in the first half.

Georgia State pulled to 63-59 with three minutes to go but Person answered with a 3-pointer and Varnado added a 3-point play on their next possession for a 10-point lead.

Jeremy Hollimon added 14 points and Walker 12 for Troy (21-14).

Isaiah Williams hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Georgia State (20-12).

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  35-second shot clock violation turnover on Troy 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordon Varnado 35.0
  Isaiah Williams missed jump shot 37.0
+ 1 Kevin Baker made 2nd of 2 free throws 44.0
  Kevin Baker missed 1st of 2 free throws 44.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Session 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Baker 46.0
  Malik Benlevi missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
+ 2 Jordon Varnado made layup, assist by DeVon Walker 55.0
  30-second timeout called 59.0
  30-second timeout called 1:05
Team Stats
Points 74 63
Field Goals 23-54 (42.6%) 21-58 (36.2%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 22-36 (61.1%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 38 41
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 25 25
Team 6 5
Assists 10 7
Steals 6 6
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 10 17
Fouls 17 25
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 1 AST
19 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Troy 21-14 284674
home team logo Georgia State 20-12 372663
Team Stats
away team logo Troy 21-14 75.5 PPG 38.8 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Georgia State 20-12 75.2 PPG 37.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
3
W. Person G 18.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 1.9 APG 42.7 FG%
11
I. Williams G 6.4 PPG 1.3 RPG 1.6 APG 40.4 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Person G 16 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
I. Williams G 19 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
42.6 FG% 36.2
23.1 3PT FG% 27.3
61.1 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Person 30 16 0 1 0 0 0 2 6/12 3/7 1/4 0 0
J. Varnado 30 15 9 1 1 2 3 4 5/11 0/1 5/8 4 5
D. Walker 33 12 4 2 0 0 0 1 4/7 0/1 4/4 2 2
K. Baker 31 6 6 5 1 0 3 2 2/8 1/7 1/2 0 6
J. Davis Jr. 18 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Person 30 16 0 1 0 0 0 2 6/12 3/7 1/4 0 0
J. Varnado 30 15 9 1 1 2 3 4 5/11 0/1 5/8 4 5
D. Walker 33 12 4 2 0 0 0 1 4/7 0/1 4/4 2 2
K. Baker 31 6 6 5 1 0 3 2 2/8 1/7 1/2 0 6
J. Davis Jr. 18 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hollimon 28 14 3 0 3 0 0 2 4/8 1/3 5/6 0 3
A. Hicks 11 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 4/4 0 1
B. Miller 10 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/1 0 2
D. Peace 9 2 4 0 1 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 2/7 1 3
J. Moravek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ariri - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hopkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Boykin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Moreman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 32 10 6 2 10 17 23/54 6/26 22/36 7 25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Williams 28 19 1 1 1 0 2 1 6/11 3/4 4/4 1 0
J. Hollowell 35 15 4 2 0 2 2 3 5/14 3/8 2/4 1 3
D. Simonds 27 13 5 2 1 0 6 3 5/12 0/2 3/3 2 3
W. Clayton 22 7 8 0 0 1 2 4 2/2 0/0 3/5 3 5
M. Benlevi 32 2 8 1 0 1 1 4 1/7 0/4 0/0 3 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Williams 28 19 1 1 1 0 2 1 6/11 3/4 4/4 1 0
J. Hollowell 35 15 4 2 0 2 2 3 5/14 3/8 2/4 1 3
D. Simonds 27 13 5 2 1 0 6 3 5/12 0/2 3/3 2 3
W. Clayton 22 7 8 0 0 1 2 4 2/2 0/0 3/5 3 5
M. Benlevi 32 2 8 1 0 1 1 4 1/7 0/4 0/0 3 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Dennis 12 4 3 1 2 0 2 1 1/4 0/0 2/3 0 3
J. Thomas 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 0
A. Donaldson 10 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 1
D. Mitchell 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. Session 14 0 4 0 1 0 1 5 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4
J. Seymour - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tyson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cagle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Clerkley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Felton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 36 7 6 4 17 25 21/58 6/22 15/21 11 25