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Troy Trojans basketball team opens with energy, if not victory

The Troy guard, a sophomore from Orlando, got the ball on the left baseline with Thursday night’s game against UAB tied 73-all and less than 40 seconds remaining. His drive and dunk put Troy back ahead and drew a foul while a Trojan Arena crowd of 5,010 erupted.

“Actually, before the play coach was like, ‘He can’t guard you on the drive,’” Simon said. “So I just told him the next time I get the ball I’m going to drive. When I drove it, he was right. It was just wide open. I didn’t plan on dunking it, but it was just all reaction.