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Governors head back on the road to face Chattanooga

 

APSU Men’s Basketball
November 15th, 2010 | McKenzie Arena |Chattanooga, Tennessee

Austin Peay State University GovernorsChattanooga, TN – With an impressive win at St. Louis put behind it, Austin Peay State University’s basketball team will move onto stop No. 2 on the Govs’ nine-game season-opening road tour when they face Chattanooga in a 6:00pm, Monday game in McKenzie Arena.

Despite the relatively short distance between the two Tennessee universities, this is the first time the two teams have met since the 2005-06 season–this also only the 17th overall meeting between the schools. It also is only the sixth time in Dave Loos’ 21 seasons as head coach the Governors and Mocs have hooked up. In fact, they will play again in Clarksville in early January.

APSU Men's Basketball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Men's Basketball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Chattanooga comes into its home opener after an 82-62 loss at Tennessee, Friday. However, the Mocs are 30-3 in home openers as a Division I school, including its last four straight.

Point guard Keegan Bell, who has excelled as a Moc after transferring from Vanderbilt two seasons ago, scored 20 points, including six three pointers, against Tennessee. Forward Omar Wattad, the Georgetown transfer, scored 13 points in the game while power forward Chris Early, while scoring just two points, pulled down nine rebounds in the loss.

Meanwhile, the Governors seek to build on the momentum of Friday’s 64-62 road win at St. Louis. They received terrific performances from newcomers Josh Terry (7-of-9 from the field, 18 points) and Tyshwan Edmondson (6-of-9 from the floor, 17 points) as the Govs, who led by as much as nine first-half points, rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to carve out a season-opening victory.

Austin Peay will need a bounce-back performance from junior forward Anthony Campbell, the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection who was held to just three points at St. Louis.

The Govs held a 32-23 rebounding advantage against the Billikens but committed 16 turnovers.

What You Should Know

The Series: This is the 17th meeting between Austin Peay, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, and Chattanooga, a Southern Conference member, with the Governors trailing 6-10. The two teams have not met since the 2005-06 season, with the Govs losing 77-67, in Chattanooga. In fact, the Govs have lost four straight in the series, the last win, 73-69, coming in the second game of the 1998-99 season.


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