PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bobby Dixon had a career-high 29 points and
eight assists as Troy rode a big second half to an 87-71 win over
Niagara in the championship game of the Duquesne Holiday Tournament
Down 45-41 at halftime and 61-59 with 12 minutes to play, the
Trojans (6-5) outscored the Purple Eagles 46-26 in the second half
and closed the game on a 17-1 run.
Troy, a unanimous choice for last place in the Sunbelt
Conference preseason media poll, had lost three of four heading
into the tournament.
But the Trojans defeated two teams from more highly-regarded
conferences for its first in-season tournament title since the
Trojans joined NCAA Division I.
Troy, which beat the Atlantic 10's Duquesne Dukes Friday night
in the first round, finished as high as second only four times in
17 other holiday tournament appearances. Its last title was at the
1991 North Dakota Invitational.
J.R. Duffey and Charron Fisher had 15 points each to lead
Niagara (3-7), a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member which
had lost six in a row before defeating Appalachian State in the
first round Friday.