Trojans

Zay Williams (10) and the Trojans just keep winning. 

The Troy Trojans (12-5, 3-1) historic fast start to the season continued last week with a pair of home conference wins against Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State.

The two wins gave Troy more wins already this season than it had all of the 2020-2021 season and puts the Trojans on pace to potentially break the school record for wins in a regular season.

Troy started the week off with a 69-59 win over Coastal Carolina on Jan. 6, dominating the Chanticleers in the second half, outscoring them 41-30 in the half.

Troy was led by Efe Odigie with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jakevan Leftridge added 13 points and six rebounds and Zay Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.

Troy followed up with a 68-53 win over Appalachian State on Jan. 8 after holding the Mountaineers to just 34 percent shooting from the field.

Odigie led the Trojans again with 11 points, while Khalyl Waters scored 10 points. Nick Stampley chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds.

“It’s a blessing. I’m just thankful for this one today,” Troy coach Scott Cross said. “It shows their level of toughness.

“It shows their level of togetherness. This was good. We knew this was going to be a hard game. I was worried about it because we had a great win over Coastal. Sometimes guys kind of lose their edge. We did not do that. I felt like we played a pretty solid 40 minutes.”

The Trojans were scheduled to host Georgia Southern on Jan. 13 and Georgia State on Jan. 15 but both of those games have now been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols in the Troy program. Those games will be ruled no contests. Troy was scheduled to be honor the 1992 team that broke the NCAA record for points in a game at the Jan. 15 game but will now reschedule that celebration to a later date.

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