Troy is an athletic bunch: Because of that the Rebels had trouble getting opportunities in the paint. It didn’t help that Sebastian Saiz was a game-time decision, and his minutes were limited. He still came up with the two free throws that turned out the be the decisive points. He knocked them down with 33 seconds left in OT.
Gielo was huge: They don’t win this game without him. He was 5-for-11 from 3 and finished with 23 points. That 3-point percentage sounds like he was dominant, but he hit three shots early before going into a cold spell. His 3-pointer with 2:11 left in OT tied the game after Troy had taken an early lead.
Moody was Moody: He had 23 points, 19 after halftime. It wasn’t his best night from 3 where he was 2-for-7, but he got to the rim in the second half, including the layup that ultimately forced overtime. His biggest play of the night, however, was tipping the ball away from a Troy player in the lane when the game was tied at 80. That led to Saiz’ free throws on the other end.
New guys play but not much: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey played 3 minutes, and Terry Brutus 4. Brutus hit a shot jump shot, and DFD missed his only attempt. Brutus isn’t exactly new, but he’s been away for so long with various injuries that it seems like it. These guys will play important minutes in the weeks to come.
Tad Pad Nostalgia: It was a day of remembrance for the Tad Pad, and Marshall Henderson was all over it on Twitter including this gem when the game was tied late in regulation:
NOW!! Cut the lights lol perfect timing tad smith cmon