Simms' layup gives Arkansas State late lead to beat Troy (Jan 21, 2017)
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Deven Simms drove for a layup to give Arkansas State the lead with just over a minute left and the Red Wolves held on to beat Troy 82-80 on Saturday night.
After his layup Simms quickly stole the ball from Daniel Peace, drawing the foul. Simms made both free throws for an 81-78 lead with 51 seconds left.
Troy's Jeremy Hollimon made two free throws to close to 81-80.
Troy had two chances to retake the lead but Peace missed a layup and Wesley Person's heave from three-quarter court as time expired was a little too high. The ball was on line but bounced off the backboard to the floor.
Devin Carter led Arkansas State (13-6, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) with 23 points, nailing 6 of 9 from distance. Tamas Bruce had 19 points and Simms added 17 with two steals.
Jordon Varnado led Troy (10-10, 2-4) with 18 points.