Both teams came ready to play Friday night. The Tritons jumped out to a fast start leading by double digits in the first quarter in front of their home crowd. However, there was still a lot of game to be played. Troy fought back with pressure defense, Triton foul trouble, and missed shots. The Triton led 42-40 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors controlled most of the final period leading by as many as 6 points. That is when with under a minute to play and the Tritons down by 5 points senior guard Blake Birmingham took over, he scored a basket and a foul shot to cut the Warrior lead to two points. Tritons forced a turnover and get the ball back into Birmingham’s hand, he drove to the left side of the key and absorbed the contact and was fouled by a Warriors big-man. The Birmingham shot rattled in to even the score at 56. With 3.9 seconds remaining in the game and Birmingham at the free-throw line with a chance to win the game in regulation. He calmly sank the free to put the Tritons up 57-56. The Warriors had one final chance to get the win, but the Triton defense got the "stop", to get the win. Birmingham 18, Moran 9, Crapo 7, Nemeth 6, Rex 6, Martino 5, Medrano 5, Kane1.