Offensive woes haunt Eagles against Troy

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

The Eagles short-lived three-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday, as the Troy Trojans escaped Hanner Fieldhouse with a win, 61-52.

“We won three in a row, we had guys who were moving in the right direction,” said head coach Brian Burg. “We took a step back today, but that’s basketball.”

The Eagles, who trailed by 12 points at halftime, outscored the Trojans, 16-2, in the first eight minutes of the second half to take the lead.

The lead did not last long, however, as Troy responded with a 15-4 run of their own to retake the lead with just over six minutes remaining.

“Troy made some tough plays and we didn’t make some ‘finish’ shots,” said Burg. “We knew it was going to be an extremely aggressive and an extremely physical game and we didn’t answer the bell.”

Elijah McCadden and Kaden Archie were the only Eagles to eclipse double digit scoring, while Prince Toyambi recorded nine points of his own.

The downfall of the Eagles can be attributed to their 20 turnovers, which fell just three short of their season high.

For the Trojans, four players accounted for more than 10 points, with three starters reaching double digits. The ball was moving for Troy as well, as they recorded 15 assists on just 19 field goals.

The Eagles now sit at 11-10 (4-6 SBC) on the season, which puts them at No. 9 in the Sun Belt standings.

GS will be back on the court twice this week, as they travel to take on Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.