Troy rally comes up short as Trojans fall to No. 8 Kentucky

Troy rally comes up short as Trojans fall to No. 8 Kentucky
(Source: Troy University Athletics)

LEXINGTON, KY. (WSFA) - In the hostile environment of Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, the Troy Trojans didn't let it get the best of them despite falling to No. 8 Kentucky. The Trojans, down by as many as 21 in the game, dropped Monday night's contest 70-62.

Troy (2-3) used a late second half surge to pull to within single digits, but it just wasn't enough as the Trojans just missed too many shots against the No. 8 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (4-1).

Wesley Person led the way in scoring for the Trojans. He reached his season average of 17 points Monday night on 6-of-16 shooting. He was followed by Kevin Baker, and Jordon Varnado who each had 15 points.

The story of the night was Troy's three-point shooting, or lack thereof. The Trojans couldn't buy a basket from beyond the arc, shooting 4-27 from downtown. Troy averages around nine three-point field goal makes per game which equates to essentially 15 points being left on the board, a real difference-maker as the Trojans hit 12-of-16 free throws.

Credit is due, in part, to Kentucky as well. The Cats answered the Trojans seemingly blow-for-blow to open the second half as Troy tried to make a push to cut into its 16-point halftime deficit. The Cats kept the lead hovering around 17 until there were nearly five minutes to play in the game.

Kentucky was led in scoring by its freshman phenom Kevin Knox, who tallied 17 points on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting.

Another positive in Monday's game was B.J. Miller, who continues to cement his presence as a sixth man. Miller provided 10 points off the bench.

Despite the loss, with the way the Trojans ended the game, they have momentum that they will look to carry into a Wednesday night match against East Tennessee State. That game will tip at 6 p.m on the road in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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