TROY, Alabama. – Jordon Varnado was a dominant force on Saturday afternoon as he had his second-straight double-double to lead Troy to a third consecutive win with an 82-64 victory over Little Rock on Saturday.
With 10:09 left in the first half, Javan Johnson hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 18 and Troy (12-13, 6-6) never looked back from there as the home Trojans went on a ferocious 29-12 run to close out the opening frame.
It was Johnson again who provided the spark in the second half with a layup just 13 seconds out of the break. Both Johnson and Varnado created a front-court attack that combined for 36 points and left Little Rock (5-21, 2-11) searching for answers.
Troy had little issue scoring at will throughout the night with 44 points on 28-51 shooting (51.6 percent) in the first half that was equaled by the same percentage (16-31 shooting) in the second half.
Little Rock connected on just three 3-pointers (3-20) in the game while struggling around the basket as Troy won the rebounding advantage 41-27. The win gets Troy to within one game of .500 with six regular season games remaining.
“I thought early on there was fatigue on both team’s part at this point of the year particularly because we went to overtime on Thursday,” head coach Phil Cunningham said. “I thought Wesley Person showed some fatigue, but I thought the way Jordon Varnado stepped his play up really changed the game.
“He was the best player on the floor. He gave us that lead at halftime and I thought that was the difference in the game.”
Troy will go back on the road beginning Thursday with a trip to play Coastal Carolina.
• Troy has now won three-straight games against Little Rock.
• Javan Johnson has started the past four games and has double-digit scoring outings in three of the four.
• Person now sits just 54 points shy of becoming the first player in school history to record 2,000 career points.
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