UH’s Noah Allen missed a layup with one second remaining and Troy held on to defeat Hawaii 65-63 tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Wesley Person and Jordon Varnado each had a team-high 14 points for the Trojans (3-3), who never trailed in snapping a three-game losing streak.
Jack Purchase nailed six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points for Hawaii (3-3), which trailed by one with 10 seconds remaining.
After Hawaii called its final timeout to draw up a play, Allen lost his footing and threw the ball away for one of Hawaii’s 18 turnovers.
Kevin Baker converted one of two free throws to give the Trojans a two-point lead with 4.6 seconds to go. Allen got the ball and went the length of the court, but his layup was challenged at the rim and didn’t go in.
Allen finished with 12 points and seven rebounds but had seven turnovers.
Purchase’s 3-pointer gave Hawaii its first points more than five minutes into the game after Troy opened on a 16-0 run.
Allen committed five turnovers before attempting a shot coming off a season-high 24 points and six 3-pointers in a win over Hawaii-Hilo on Tuesday.
UH had 14 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes but trailed only 33-24 at the break.
Leland Green tied the game at 37 with a 3-pointer, Hawaii’s seventh of the game, but the ’Bows allowed Troy to score the next nine to go back up 46-37.
Purchase drilled his sixth 3 coming out of the final media timeout to pull Hawaii within one at 58-57.
Allen converted a layup after Gibson Johnson’s steal to tie the game for the second time at 60-all with 2:02 to go.
Hawaii concludes its season-opening seven-game homestand on Sunday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m.