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Troy played South Alabama last week in Mobile and, for the second straight year, the Trojans made a comeback in the second half to win the game. The Trojans outscored the Jaguars 24-11 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and win 84-77 on Saturday night.
Troy’s comeback started when the defense forced South Alabama to turn the ball over 15 times while scoring 11 points off those turnovers.
After a 4-point play by South, the Jags had their largest lead of the night. Troy didn’t allow another field goal the rest of the quarter while scoring 12 of the final 13 points to cut the deficit to single-digits.
With the momentum flipped in Troy’s favor, the Trojans continued to cut away at the deficit point-by-point. Troy earned its first lead of the night on a Tyasia Moore layup and then followed it up with back-to-back buckets from Felmas Koranga and Janiah Sandifer to complete their 11-0 run to open the final quarter.
South Alabama attempted to make a small comeback with five straight points, but Troy didn’t allow South Alabama to grab any of the momentum. Troy followed up the little run with five straight points, including three from Koranga, to extend the lead back to five. Troy’s seven-point margin of victory was their largest lead of the night.
Alexis Dye led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor. Dye extended her double-doubles streak 11 straight games, 16 on the season, with a game-high 18 rebounds.
Troy will play host to Georgia State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday’s game will also be Troy’s Senior Day.