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At the last second of their game against Troy, Old Dominion's basket against them was called off due to too many players on the court. The Sun Belt Conference commissioner apologized both to the Trojans and officials involved in the proceedings for canceling out the play.
According to a school statement, sophomore Imo Essien will return to practice next week, four days after collapsing during a game.
On Saturday night, Old Dominion's Amari Young scored the game-tying basket that sent it into overtime. Unfortunately for her team, James Madison came back with a 12-1 run in the last 3:30 of extra time to claim victory 73-68.
With just under two minutes remaining in regulation, the Monarchs (2-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) trailed the Dukes by six points. But ODU started piling on pressure quickly and JMU went cold for the remainder of the period. Kseniia Kozlova's layup pulled JMU within 61-59 with 5.2 seconds to play when Young posted up at the free throw line but her shot bounced off multiple rims before falling through to send the game into overtime.
ODU had the upper hand early in OT, leading 67-61 with 3:30 left before Marshall rallied to take the lead late. Jordan McLaughlin equalized Young's point total with two free shots that extended ODU's advantage to six, and Scott then made a basket to bring Marshall within 65-63.
After the basket was called off, ODU couldn't score again until Young drove to the basket and made a layup to give her team a 65-63 lead with just over six seconds remaining in the game. Following a timeout, Young converted 1-of-2 free throws for the win.
Amari Young had an outstanding final home game as a Monarch, scoring 23 points and collecting 13 rebounds to lead ODU. Additionally, she moved into fifth place on the program's all-time career rebounds list with 1,134.
Her performance in overtime was an outstanding example of her leadership abilities. It brought back memories of her first win as a Monarch, when she helped ODU to victory against William & Mary to give head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones her first win at ODU.
In a game filled with suspense, Troy (2-2) scored the final basket in overtime against Louisiana to claim an 81-80 victory. This win gave Troy its fourth straight and fourth in Sun Belt play, keeping them firmly in first place with an impressive 10-2 league record.
Porchia finished with 19 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including her game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left in overtime. Additionally, she pulled down 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
With 7:55 left in the game, Young made a fastbreak layup to put Troy ahead 73-57. However, ODU couldn't score again until Sharonica Hartsfield stole the ball with 3:28 remaining and Porchia drilled a jumper with 1.8 seconds left to secure Troy's lead for good.
Camden, Arkansas junior Mary Harris had another impressive performance this week as she scored 28 points against Texas State and added 12 more against Louisiana to help the Trojans to a 2-2 record.
She has been an integral part of Troy's four-game winning streak and will be a key factor when they host Arkansas State on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. She has averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds over her last two games for Troy, making this matchup against Arkansas State - who are 5-0 - an exciting one to watch.
Her most recent performance saw her sink a three-pointer with just 30 seconds remaining in the second half, helping Troy hold off Louisiana (2-1) to take an 81-68 lead. With eight seconds left in regulation time, Sherry Porter hit another three-pointer to send it into overtime which the Trojans eventually won 81-80 thanks to Porchia's buzzer-beating jumper.
The Trojans entered the tournament with a 4-3 record, but their win over Louisiana puts them one step closer to reaching their conference championships in Pensacola, Florida. This year's Sun Belt Conference tournament will be unique as it's its first year ever featuring six teams and will take place alongside women's basketball championships.
At the last 1:35 of a Sun Belt Conference game at Chartway Arena on Saturday afternoon, senior guard Tyreek Scott-Grayson scored 17 points to lead Old Dominion past Louisiana 66-70. He drained two free throws for ODU's first lead with 36 seconds left and hit two more late free throws after Jahmal Mann stole Mekhi Long's ball on a fast break and drawing a foul that gave him the chance to put the Monarchs ahead.
The Monarchs held off a furious second-half rally from the Ragin' Cajuns as ODU shot 50% from the field to secure their sixth straight win. Charles Smith IV hit an important 3-pointer early in the half to give ODU its first lead and Dericko Williams added another three-pointer that gave ODU 48-46 advantage with 14:16 remaining in play.
After Williams hit a three, ODU used an 8-0 run to take command of the game with three Dericko Williams baskets and two Mekhi Long dunks that stretched their lead to 58-45 with 3:22 remaining. Kalik Brooks hit a jumper for UCF to close to within one after ODU ran down the clock until junior forward Derricko Williams made a layup with just over 1:20 remaining for an impressive 68-58 victory.
ODU's defense did the rest in this contest, holding Georgia State without a field goal for 6:12 of the final half to secure its third Sun Belt victory and improve to 11-3 overall. With these victories, ODU has won 10 of its last 13 home games and is 7-2 against Sun Belt teams this season (with Texas State being their only loss).
The Monarchs possess a formidable team approach that will be necessary when they travel to Virginia Tech for their Thursday matchup against the Hokies at 2 PM on ESPN2. Sophomore guard Chaunce Jenkins, one of the top shooters in the Sun Belt this year and one of ODU's key players this week in Charlottesville, could also be counted on; Imo Essien and Charles Smith IV could also be called upon.
Troy had a chance to seal the win in the closing seconds, but Makayia Hallmon missed her final three-pointer and Old Dominion scored to take control of the game. It is the first time in two years Troy has lost in overtime and this loss puts an end to their streak of making it to the SBC Championship.
The Trojans (13-8, 8-2) are now tied atop the Sun Belt Conference with James Madison with two games left to play. Next week, they travel to Southern Miss and South Alabama in an effort to wrap up their regular season.
Troy University basketball continued its winning ways despite an injury to starting center Felmas Koranga, as they captured their fourth game in a row and extended their win streak against ULM to nine games. Amber Leggett led the way with 25 points while Nia Daniel, Jashanti Simmons and Tai'Sheka Porchia each scored 15 as Troy shot 48 percent from the field while holding ULM to 29.4% shooting from behind the 3-point line.
Hallmon is an accomplished player with strong leadership and an infectious motor, capable of being both a great distributor on offense and defender at the basket. Her free throw shooting percentage of 7-of-13 shots in this matchup speaks volumes for her potential as a threat from the line. She brings plenty of energy and determination to every game she plays.
Hallmon had a slow start, but came alive in the third quarter and scored 16 of her game-high 21 points to help the Trojans secure their fourth consecutive Sun Belt Conference victory against the Warhawks. Additionally, she had four steals and one blocked shot.
At the start of the game, both teams traded leads and the score remained tied at 18-18 after 10 minutes. But after Bre Sutton hit two 3-pointers, the Warhawks began to chip away at Troy's lead and cut it to 31-33 at halftime.
Ja'Mia Hollings hit three triples in the fourth quarter to rally Troy from a 31-38 first-half deficit and defeat Appalachian State 73-66 at Trojan Arena on Wednesday night. She has been an important factor this season, averaging 14.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while providing strong defensive presence with her 76.9% blocking percentage and career high 2.24 steals per game.