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No. 1, 2 seeds in Sun Belt fall; Troy tops Georgia St. 74-63

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 11, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wesley Person scored 16 points, Jordon Varnado had 15 points and nine rebounds, and sixth-seeded Troy upset No. 2 seed Georgia State 74-63 on Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Top-seeded UT Arlington also lost on Saturday, setting up a finals matchup with No. 4 seed Texas State on Sunday. It will be the Trojans' first championship game since losing to North Texas in 2010.

Troy was down 37-28 at halftime but outscored Georgia State by 20 in the second half. Varnado had a block and DeVon Walker threw down a two-handed dunk at the other end for a 48-46 lead with 12 minutes left — Troy's first since 8:47 left in the first half.

Georgia State pulled to 63-59 with three minutes to go but Person answered with a 3-pointer and Varnado added a 3-point play on their next possession for a 10-point lead.

Jeremy Hollimon added 14 points and Walker 12 for Troy (21-14).

Isaiah Williams hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Georgia State (20-12).

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