Troy vs Georgia State

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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Troy (21-14) «284674
Georgia State (20-12)372663
TROY:W. Person 16 Pts
TROY:J. Varnado 9 Reb
TROY:K. Baker 5 Ast
GAST:I. Williams 19 Pts
GAST:W. Clayton 8 Reb
GAST:J. Hollowell 2 Ast

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TroyGeorgia State
Jordon Varnado
Isaiah Williams
Troy Trojans
D. Walker, G/F334-74-442112
K. Baker, G312-81-26526
W. Person, G306-121-401216
J. Varnado, F305-115-891415
J. Davis Jr., F181-60-03013
J. Hollimon, G284-85-630214
A. Hicks, F110-04-41024
B. Miller, G101-20-12122
D. Peace, G90-02-74012
J. Moravek, F00-00-00000
A. Ariri, F/C00-00-00000
S. Hopkins, G/F00-00-00000
D. Adams, G00-00-00000
J. Boykin, F00-00-00000
W. Moreman, F00-00-00000
Totals 23-5422-3632101774
Georgia State Panthers
J. Hollowell, F355-142-442315
M. Benlevi, G321-70-08142
I. Williams, G286-114-411119
D. Simonds, G275-123-352313
W. Clayton, F222-23-58047
J. Session, F140-10-04050
I. Dennis, G121-42-33114
J. Thomas, G121-30-01022
A. Donaldson, G100-21-21011
D. Mitchell, G80-20-01010
J. Seymour, G00-00-00000
J. Tyson, F00-00-00000
C. Cagle, G00-00-00000
C. Clerkley, F00-00-00000
N. Felton, G00-00-00000
Totals 21-5815-213672563
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern0-07-237
Georgia St.0-06-3213
Coast. Car.0-05-5194
S. Alabama0-05-5286
Texas St.0-05-5335
App. St.0-05-6271
Arkansas St.0-03-6339
Little Rock0-02-7322
Other games
BAMA 74 Final
UK 79
UCF 59 Final
SMU 70
NW 48 Final
CREI 60 Final
CINCY 81 Final
IAST 80 Final
WVU 74
DUKE 75 Final
ND 69
ARIZ 83 Final
ORE 80