Men’s basketball ties for most home wins in a single season

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — After taking a hard loss that caused the team to go down to second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, TROY’s Men Basketball came back on Saturday with a Mad Dawg mentality that resulted in the Trojans defeating ULM 85 to 57.

This win caused the team to finish its 2023-2024 season with 15 and 2 home records.

“There was definitely emphasis going into this game. We were just going to have that dog mentality and we proved it tonight,” said guard Aamer Muhammad. “Coach was saying how we got to have another 59-56 game. So it is in us and we went out there to prove it.”

“We were more aggressive, talked more and communicated better and everything was just better on defense,” said guard Christyon Eugene. “Our defense turned into our offense, so that’s why we did good tonight.”

The game started out pretty intensely at a fast pace when the Trojans placed an 11-2 lead in just three minutes of the game. The Warhawks outrebounded the Trojans 45 to 35, but this did not compare to TROY outsourcing ULM in points off turnovers and its percentage shots from the field. All in all, eleven Trojans were successful in adding points to the scoreboard by the end of the night.

“From start to finish, this was one of our better all-around games, especially on the defensive side,” said head coach Scott Cross. “I think our only area where we didn’t play our best is rebounds defensively. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, but to hold in the 30% and only give up two three-pointers, our guys were really locked in defensively.”

While this was the last home game of the season, it was also the last home game for two of the players. Christyon Eugene and Aamer Muhammad were honored before the match started for Senior Night.

Both players had a strong ending for their last game at Trojan Arena. Eugene finished with a game high of 21 points on a 7-11 shooting and Muhammad tied with a team-high plus minus of 23 with Jackson Fields.

“For your senior game, you never forget, so you want that game to be a win,” said Cross. “This was a good game that I think everybody can feel great about and they can enjoy this for a day and a half. Then we got to get back to work on Monday and get some payback.”

Although saying goodbye is bittersweet, the team still has four games left before saying hello to the SunBelt Conference Championship.

The Trojans’ next matchup will be on Thursday night when they take on Arkansas State again, but this time on their court. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story featured a headline that said “Men’s Basketball wins most matches in a single season,” which was incorrect. The headline has been updated to say “Men’s basketball ties for the most home wins in single season.”