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Austin Peay State University Governors Basketball lose to Belmont Bruins 77-67, three-game winning streak ends
By Wade Neely, Clarksville Sports Network
Clarksville, TN – Despite entering Wednesday night’s game against Belmont playing their best basketball of the season, Dave Loos and the Austin Peay Govs knew they would be playing arguably one of their best opponents on their entire non-conference schedule.
After 40 minutes of game action, Loos and the Govs maintained that sentiment after a hard-fought 77-67 loss to their future OVC opponents in the Dunn Center.“They are an excellent team and they’ve played a good schedule,” Loos said. “They have a lot of ways to beat you and we really made some mistakes to hurt ourselves tonight.”
In a game that was sloppily-played throughout, the Bruins (8-5) raced out to an early 22-10 lead thanks to 10 first-half Govs turnovers.
“I think we got a little loose with the ball,” Loos said. “We had too many turnovers where we were just careless.”
After TyShwan Edmondson buried four first-half 3-pointers, however, the Govs (3-10) trimmed the halftime deficit to 39-32 and appeared poised to overtake the Bruins in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Unfortunately for the APSU, the Bruins answered every Govs’ surge with a shot of their own before ultimately pulling away.
The Govs also hurt themselves in the second half, shooting just 8-of-17 from the free throw line to finish 10-of-22 on the night.
“This has been the story of the non-conference season for us,” Loos said about his team’s comeback bid that fell just short. “We get right there and can’t get over the hump. A few free throws would have helped as well as taking a little bit better care of the basketball.”
Edmondson’s 20 points were flanked by a double-double from Melvin Baker, who had 11 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
Wednesday’s loss marked the next-to-last non-conference meeting between the two schools separated by 50 miles along I-24.
As a result, the intensity in future games between the two schools should only heat up.
“It definitely felt like a conference games at time tonight,” Baker said. “Obviously I won’t be here next year, but it will be interesting to see them in the OVC next year.”
The two teams will meet for one final non-conference match-up in Nashville on February 6th.
“It’s good to get a break,” Edmondson said. “But I’ve got a pretty good feeling that there will be a lot of guys still in the gym. We’ve got to get ready for the conference.”
Belmont vs Austin Peay
Austin Peay 67
Wade Neely comes to Clarksville after beginning his sports media career in March 2010 as the Sports Director at WKSR AM-FM in Pulaski, Tenn. During his time at WKSR, Neely created, produced and hosted “The Wade Neely Morning Show”, Pulaski’s only live and local wakeup program on WKSR-AM. Neely also served as the “Voice of the Bobcats”, providing play-by-play for all Giles County football, basketball and select baseball contests.
Neely also served as Director of Broadcasting at Martin Methodist College beginning in January 2011, providing play-by-play for all RedHawks home contests as well as the team’s trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City.
Originally from Pulaski, Neely earned his B.S. in Electronic Media Communication from Middle Tennessee State University’s famed College of Mass Communications. Neely also minored in Economics during undergraduate career.
TopicsAdam Barnes, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Basketball, APSU Men's Basketball, APSU Sports, Austin Peay State University, Belmont, Bruins, Clarksville TN, Dave Loos, Dunn Center, Eastern Kentucky, Governors, Govs, Melvin Baker, Nashville TN, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Tyshwan Edmondson
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