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Governors seek to continue momentum with home contest against Brescia

 

APSU Men’s Basketball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay will return from Christmas with the hope of maintaining the momentum it built prior to the holidays as Brescia comes to town for a 7:00pm, Tuesday contest in Dave Aaron Arena.

The Governors head to the final game of 2010 having won two straight and three of their last four games. In fact, the only a defeat-a tough overtime loss at Memphis- has helped shape a revamped Governors version.

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

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

On December 8th, a day after losing to Lipscomb, 73-70, the Governors suffered another loss. Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference forward Anthony Campbell suffered a torn ACL during practice.

The Govs took a new lineup into their next game with Fontbonne, one that featured juco transfer Josh Terry at forward opposite Melvin Baker, with John Fraley at center to go with guards Caleb Brown and TyShwan Edmondson.

But that new lineup really didn’t receive a true test until the Govs headed to Memphis, December 16th.

TyShwan EdmondsonA new identity began to take shape. A team that relied heavily on Campbell and Edmondson for much of its scoring, started to share more of the scoring responsibilities as both Terry and Baker started to became more comfortable with their roles. Defensively, the Govs held a talented Memphis team to just 56 points during regulation.

The Governors new identity further took shape against Eastern Kentucky as APSU put four players in double figures while holding the Colonels to just 36.5 percent shooting in the 78-51 verdict that moved APSU to 3-0 in the OVC.

Melvin BakerThat set up the Governors showdown with Morehead State last Tuesday. Again the Governors placed four players in double figures but the new-found balance could not have been better typified than on the game’s final play. Edmondson, the OVC’s leading scorer, drove the lane and found Terry cutting to the basket. Terry’s reverse layup with 0.7 seconds left in overtime left Austin Peay as the only unbeaten team during OVC play.

Edmondson finished the night with 22 points on an economical 8-of-14 from the floor while Baker, who battled foul troubles during the season’s early stages, had his second double-double in the last three games with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists. Meanwhile, Terry, the third member of the juco class, ended with 17 points, while senior point guard Caleb Brown ended with 13 points and eight assists.


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