HONOLULU, Hawai'i – It was a historic day for Troy men’s basketball as Wesley Person broke the all-time record for made 3-pointers as he led Troy to an 81-57 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
With 11:34 left in the game, Person launched a shot that went off the front of the rim, went up in the air and dropped back in. The fortuitous bounce gave him 270 for his career breaking the record held by Rhodney Donaldson for nearly 20 years.
Person’s three was one of four he had on the afternoon en route to a team-high 17 points. He paced a Troy offense that had five players in double-digits on the afternoon on 50.9 percent shooting (29-57) from the field.
The Trojans led for all but 20 seconds as the Golden Lions made just 18 field goals (18-60) and seven 3-pointers (7-26). It was a dominating game on the stat sheet as Troy had the advantage in virtually all categories highlighted by a 47-29 advantage in rebounds.
A B.J. Miller tip back at the first half buzzer propelled Troy to a 50-point explosion in the closing frame. It marked the first time the Trojans put up 50 in a second half since scoring 58 at UL Lafayette on Feb. 11 of last season.
"We needed to improve our field goal percentage and decrease our opponent’s field goal percentage to get back on a winning track and we did that today,” head coach Phil Cunningham said. “We’ve got to become a better defensive team, no doubt about it, but we dominated the glass.
“I’m thrilled for Wesley and his family. It’s an individual honor for him, but it’s a family honor for them. It’s a team honor because he is an incredible teammate, and our guys all proud of him and happy to play with him. Everybody on this team is thrilled to see him break that record.”
Troy will square off against Hawai’I tomorrow in the finale of the Rainbow Classic. The Trojans pulled off the upset 65-63 against the Rainbow Warriors last season on Black Friday.
• Person could break another record on Monday as he is now 11 points shy of becoming Troy’s all-time Division I scoring leader.
• Freshman Javan Johnson reached double-digits for the first time in his second career game with 13 points on 5-7 shooting.
• B.J. Miller added 10 points off the bench on 5-8 shooting with four assists in 19 minutes of play.