Troy Falls to Marshall

By: Troy News Release
By: Troy News Release

TROY – Although Troy either led or was tied the Herd for 30-plus minutes of the game, missed foul shots in the final minute proved costly as the Trojans fell to Marshall 78-75 on Monday night in Trojan Arena.

Yamene Coleman missed three free throws in the final 33.4 seconds, including a pair with three seconds remaining that could have tied or given Troy the lead.

“I don’t believe any one player loses a game, but obviously they can win one,” head coach Don Maestri said. “No player, that I have ever seen, goes up and tries to miss a free throw. They just don’t. It is just one of those unfortunate things. Yamene [Coleman] had a chance to really be a hero. The key for him now is that you have to move on. We have major important games coming up Thursday and Saturday, one on the road and one at home.”

Coleman, who has hit just 11-of-22 foul attempts (50 percent) this season, scored 13 points for the game with six rebounds. He also tied his career high with four steals.

“The misses could have easily fallen in too,” Maestri said. “It’s tough to see him have to go through that. I know one thing. He’s a very conscientious guy. He will come out working on them tomorrow. The next time he is in the situation, it would not surprise me one bit if he came out and make everyone of them. I think I know what he’s made out of. He’s very serious about getting better and I think he will.”

Two points by Hassan Whiteside gave the Herd (10-2) back the lead, but Pitts was called for a foul on Vogler sending him to the line with 1:29 remaining. Vogler drained a pair thrusting the Trojans back on top.

Troy Drops Heartbreaker to Marshall

TROY – Although Troy either led or was tied the Herd for 30-plus minutes of the game, missed foul shots in the final minute proved costly as the Trojans fell to Marshall 78-75 on Monday night in Trojan Arena.

Yamene Coleman missed three free throws in the final 33.4 seconds, including a pair with three seconds remaining that could have tied or given Troy the lead.

“I don’t believe any one player loses a game, but obviously they can win one,” head coach Don Maestri said. “No player, that I have ever seen, goes up and tries to miss a free throw. They just don’t. It is just one of those unfortunate things. Yamene [Coleman] had a chance to really be a hero. The key for him now is that you have to move on. We have major important games coming up Thursday and Saturday, one on the road and one at home.”

Coleman, who has hit just 11-of-22 foul attempts (50 percent) this season, scored 13 points for the game with six rebounds. He also tied his career high with four steals.

“The misses could have easily fallen in too,” Maestri said. “It’s tough to see him have to go through that. I know one thing. He’s a very conscientious guy. He will come out working on them tomorrow. The next time he is in the situation, it would not surprise me one bit if he came out and make everyone of them. I think I know what he’s made out of. He’s very serious about getting better and I think he will.”

Two points by Hassan Whiteside gave the Herd (10-2) back the lead, but Pitts was called for a foul on Vogler sending him to the line with 1:29 remaining. Vogler drained a pair thrusting the Trojans back on top.

Whiteside was a constant thorn within Troy’s side all night. The freshman seven-footer scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds helping Marshall out-perform the Trojans on the glass to the tune of a 46-24 advantage.

The two squads exchanged turnovers leaving Marshall in possession. Troy forced a miss and Tyler Wilkerson was called for a foul on the rebound sending Coleman to the line for the Trojans.

The senior missed the front end and Shaquille Johnson scored two with 15 seconds left. Troy (6-6) got the ball back and with three seconds on the clock Coleman again went to the line.

Coleman missed both and Troy was forced to foul twice. The Trojans eventually sent Chris Lutz to the line with 1.7 seconds left. The senior sank a pair extending the Herd’s lead out to 78-75. A desperation attempt by Vogler as time expired gave Marshall the win.

A thunderous slam by Coleman and a quick trey by Brandon Hazzard keyed an early Troy run as they team jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead.

The Trojans opened the lead up to 19-7 behind another trey – this time from Antywan Jones – and two points by Coleman in the paint. Troy stretched the lead all the way to 24-10 before Marshall scored back-to-back baskets, but an electric no-look alley-oop pass from Vogler to Vernon Taylor brought the Troy faithful to their feet.

Jones set a new career mark with 20 points on 3-of-6 shooting from deep.

A 12-3 run by the Thundering Herd dropped Troy’s lead down to just three points at 29-26, but a pair of free throws by Hazzard with 5:10 remaining in the first half halted the run.

A back-and-forth affair then ensued with Marshall tying the game at 33 with 3:20 remaining. The Herd took the lead on a trey by Damier Pitts, but two baskets by Jones sandwiched two by Wilkerson to knot the game at 38.

With 38 seconds left in the first half and Troy trailing by a point, Hazzard tied the game by splitting a pair at the line. Neither team could convert a final opportunity, sending the game to the break knotted at 41.

After Marshall had built a three-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, the Trojans climbed back with a hustle two by Vogler and a trey from the top of the key by Richard Delk. The lead went to five points on Vogler’s first 3-pointer of the night.

The Trojans built their lead up to six points, but a 7-2 run by Marshall inched the Herd back to within one at 66-65 with 9:08 remaining in the second half. A three-point play by Whiteside gave the Herd a two-point advantage with 6:49 left.

Marshall extended its lead out to six points before the Trojans finally broke a dry spell of 6:26 with two points by Delk. A free throw and a lay-up by Jones cut the deficit to just a point, then Delk made a steal and took it coast-to-coast to give the Trojans a 73-72 lead with 2:18 left.

Delk scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds for the game. Vogler had a solid night posting nine points and eight assists.

Hazzard struggled, hitting just 3-of-13 attempts and finished with 11 points.

The Trojans are in action next on Thursday when they face ULM at 2 pm in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.


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