The Bears (2-3) overcame an early eight-point deficit in the second half with a 10-0 run sparked by three baskets from Oliver Wells. Phabian Glasco broke a 41-41 tie with a dunk, and Williams and Jackson each sank 3-pointers to put Central Arkansas up by six with 2:37 remaining.
After two free throws by Williams, Troy (2-3) pulled within five on a 3-pointer by Hunter Williams, but with just 46 seconds remaining. Williams made another pair of free throws and Jackson added a layup and late dunk to maintain a cushion.
Glasco scored nine points for the Bears and Daouda Berete finished with nine rebounds.