Troy drops AUM 93-62 in exhibition

TROY, Ala. ( – The Trojans started the season hitting on all cylinders as Troy shot 46.8 percent from the field en route to a 93-62 win in an exhibition game against AUM Thursday night.

Picking up right where he left off last season was Wesley Person. The guard got the first six points of the game for Troy with back-to-back 3-pointers.

The junior shot 5-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the 3-point line to lead the team with 18 points on the night and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Helping Person in his efforts was senior DeVon Walker. Walker, who came to Troy after four years at Florida, played the most minutes on the team at 30 and showed his worth on both ends of the ball.

The 6-foot-6 guard/forward was just shy of a double-double after he had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and nine rebounds. He displayed his athleticism with two athletic dunks. The first came off a two-handed slam via a B.J. Miller steal on a fast break at 10:51 in the second half.

With Troy comfortably in the lead near the end of the game, Walker again brought the biggest roar from the crowd with a reverse dunk with 3:08 left in the game off a feed from Kevin Baker.

Two other new faces in the starting lineup, Alex Hicks and Kevin Baker, also showed off their abilities to the crowd. Hicks, playing in his first game after a knee injury cost him his freshman season, got the start and scored 10 points with four rebounds in 21 minutes.

Baker gave the Trojans another deep threat after hitting three 3-pointers for 11 points in 20 minutes of play.

“The biggest thing that came out of tonight’s game from a coaching perspective is we have to find a way to get our rotation down to where we’re not breaking guys from their rhythm,” head coach Phil Cunningham said. “We had so many players who deserved to play, who can play, and we’ve got to figure out timing, how long they stay on the court, who comes in and who plays well together.”

Stat of the Game
AUM shot just 33.3 percent from the field for the game on 20-of-60 shooting. Of AUM’s 62 points, 14 of them came off free throws. On the other end of the shooting spectrum, shot 46.8 percent from the floor on 29-of-62 shooting.

Turning Point
The Trojans didn’t make a basket for the first five minutes of the second half and the lead got as narrow as 48-40 with 15 minutes to play. Troy proceeded to outscore the Warhawks 35 to 22 for the rest of regulation. The breaking point came when Baker hit a 3-pointer with just over six minutes left in the game.

• The Trojans saw minutes from 14 out of 15 players on the night.

• Seven Troy players had a double-digit plus/minus on the night.

• Troy was almost perfect from the free throw line, converting 16-of-18.

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