TROY
16-17
51
TF 0
FINAL
End
2nd
ESP3
Fri Mar. 9
6:00pm
BONUS
73
TF 0
ML: +150
GAST -3.5, O/U 144.0
ML: -170
TROY
GAST

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Georgia State powers past Troy to reach Sun Belt semifinals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jeff Thomas scored 19 points, D'Marcus Simonds added 17 with eight rebounds and seven assists and No. 2 seed Georgia State clobbered defending champion Troy 73-51 in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Friday.

Georgia State (22-10) advances to Saturday's semifinal for the second year in a row and will face No. 3 seed Georgia Southern. Georgia State has been a second seed or higher in four of the last five seasons.

Although Troy (16-17) came into this year's event as a No. 7 seed, the Trojans beat Georgia State twice in conference play, by two and by 13 points. There was no charmed third time as Troy was held to 14-of-45 shooting (31 percent) with 15 turnovers on Friday. The Trojans were 5-of-22 in the first half.

Simonds was named Sun Belt Player of the Year. The Panthers led wire-to-wire, posting a 37-19 lead at the half and going up by 25 near the end. Georgia State shot 14 of 27 in the first half, 15 of 30 in the second to shoot 51 percent for the game.

Jordon Varnado scored 15 points with nine rebounds to lead Troy.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Troy 16-17 193251
home team logo Georgia State 22-10 373673
Team Stats
away team logo Troy 16-17 77.0 PPG 39.7 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Georgia State 22-10 76.8 PPG 36.7 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
23
J. Varnado 20.6 PPG 7.7 RPG 2.5 APG 51.5 FG%
15
D. Simonds 19.7 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.7 APG 43.1 FG%
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PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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