Although Troy was in last place in the Eastern Division, the Trojans (10-13, 4-9) have been a tough matchup for Georgia State. Troy had won six of the past eight against the Panthers, including three of the past four in Atlanta.
All five Georgia State starters scored in double figures. Corey Allen and Jalen Thomas joined Williams with 15 points and Nsoseme and Justin Roberts each scored 12. Nsoseme had nine rebounds and Roberts added nine assists, playing through some pain after hitting the court hard after he was fouled on a drive to the basket.
After seeing his streak of double-digit scoring games end at six, Troy’s Nick Stampley regained his touch against the Panthers. He scored 10 in the first half and wound up with 18. The Trojans also got 16 points from Douglasville’s Khalyl Waters and 12 from freshman Duke Miles.
Georgia State raced to a quick 11-4 lead, but Troy scored nine consecutive points and took a two-point lead. From that point there were five ties and five lead changes – although Troy led for only 51 seconds -- before Georgia State scored the final five points of the quarter, including a three-point play by Thomas, for a 37-34 halftime lead.
Georgia State came out of intermission to score the first eight points and take a 45-34 lead. Troy never got closer than 10 points the remainder of the game.