NCAA Game Summary - Troy vs. Florida Atlantic
(Friday, March 8)
Final Score: Troy 81, Florida Atlantic 79 (OT)
Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Emil Jones scored the first eight points for Troy in overtime as the Trojans slipped by Florida Atlantic, 81-79, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Summit Arena.
Jones shot just 5-of-16 from the floor on the night, but connected on 8-of-9 at the free-throw line as he finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for 10th-seeded Troy (12-20). Ray Chambers added 15 points and seven rebounds of his own, followed by Tevin Calhoun with 12 points for a Trojans squad that will be back in action on Saturday in the quarterfinals versus second-seeded Arkansas State.
The seventh-seeded Owls (14-18) were paced by Stefan Moody with a game-high 29 points, while Pablo Bertone and Greg Gantt responded with 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the losing cause.
FAU shot an impressive 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half, but the squad was just 2-of-7 beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes of action which allowed Troy to move out to a 36-30 advantage at the break.
In the second half the Owls again shot the ball well from the field, hitting at a 53.8 percent clip, but still the meeting headed to overtime knotted at 70-70.
During the extra session both squads connected on four field goals, but the Trojans held a 3-1 advantage at the charity stripe in order to capture the thrilling win.
In a game that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes, Troy held an 18-15 edge at the free-throw line and also turned the ball over just five times, compared to 11 miscues for the Owls.
The win was the 500th in the career of Troy head coach Don Maestri.
03/09 01:46:59 ET