Road Teams Have a Good Night in the Sun Belt
One thing that held pretty true in the first two weeks of the Sun Belt season was the home court ruled the roost.
But Thursday night in the Sun Belt, the road team had its say.
After starting the season 5-19, road teams won three of the four games played Thursday night.
LITTLE ROCK 77, UTA 65--The only home team to win was the team with the league's worst overall record. Andre Jones had 24 points to lead four players in double figures as Little Rock (5-13, 2-3) surprised the defending regular season champions at the Jack Stephens Center.
The Trojans led throughout the game and kept a double digit lead throughout the final ten minutes. Freshman Jaizic Lottie had a career high 16 points for the winners. UTA (11-7, 2-3) fell to 0-3 in league road games. Preseason Player of the Year Kevin Hervey led the Mavericks with 21 points.
TEXAS STATE 73, ARKANSAS STATE 67--In Jonesboro, the surprising Bobcats won their second road game of the conference season, as Tre'Larenz Nottingham scored 17 points to lead Danny Kaspar's club, while Nijal Pearson added a double double. The Bobcats (11-7, 4-1), who have won four straight also got 13 points and six rebounds from Immanuel King.
Trailing by three at the half, the Red Wolves, (6-12, 1-4) who were led by Devin Simms' 23 points, took a brief second half lead, but a 10-2 run put Texas State on top to stay.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 77, COASTAL CAROLINA 66--Tookie Brown and Ike Smith combined for 41 points as the Eagles (13-5, 4-1) won their third straight. Montae Glenn also had a big game with 17 points. Georgia Southern opened up a double digit lead midway through the first half and were never headed after that. Coastal (7-11, 1-4) got 21 points from Jaylen Shaw and 15 from Zac Cuthbertson, but dropped its fourth straight.
GEORGIA STATE 71, APPALACHIAN STATE 58--Jeff Thomas led four scorers in double figures with 22 points and eight rebounds as the Panthers (12-6, 3-2) used their defense to win their third straight. Appalachian State shot just 9-29 in the first half and missed ten triples. The Mountaineers (8-10, 3-2) closed to within five points early in the second half, but that was as close as they got. Ronshad Shabazz led App with 15 points as the Mountaineers lost at home for the first time this season.
SATURDAY'S GAMES: Georgia Southern at Appalachian State, Georgia State at Coastal Carolina, Texas State at Little Rock, UTA at Arkansas State, ULM at Louisiana, Troy at South Alabama.