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Trojans drop Sun Belt opener at Georgia State

Troy men’s basketball fell to Georgia State in its first Sun Belt Conference game of the season.
ATLANTA, Ga. – It was a game of runs, as Troy men’s basketball (5-8, 0-1 SBC) fell to Georgia State (8-6, 1-0 SBC), 81-72, in its first Sun Belt Conference game of the season.
 
“We had 23 turnovers.  They scored 33 points off those turnovers,” said head coach Phil Cunningham.  “We’re doing so many other things well.  You can see the character in these guys.  They never gave up.  They kept going, but that’s too many turnovers.”
 
The Trojans trailed by 16 points early in the second half but battled back to cut the lead to single digits.  Troy would go on to cut the lead to single digits several times, but couldn’t seem to get closer than six points.  Georgia State was solid in the closing minutes, maintaining the lead.
 
Hunter Williams show well on the night, hitting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and finishing with 18 points.  It was the second time this season that Williams hit six 3’s in a game.
 
Kevin Thomas pulled in his third double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Antoine Myers also scored in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
 
As a team, the Trojans shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 50 percent (9-of-18) from beyond the arc.  Troy outrebounded Georgia State 36-22 on the night.
 
R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow paced the Panthers, scoring 25 and 20 points, respectively.  Center Curtis Washington made his shots count, as he went 4-of-5 for 10 points.
 
The Trojans trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but used an 11-0 run to narrow the lead to just four.  Georgia State would go on a run of its own, growing the lead to 13 points at the half.
 
The Trojans return home to face Western Kentucky on Saturday at 12 p.m.  The game will be televised live by the Sun Belt Network.
 
Fans can keep up with all the action by following Troy men's basketball on Twitter at @TroyMensHoops and on Instagram at @TroyHoops.

For more information on all of Troy Athletics, fans can find the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram at @TroyAthletics, or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TroyAthletics.
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