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Austin Peay State University Governors Basketball play Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Dunn Center Saturday

 

Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. Austin Peay Governors

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 | 7:30pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dave Aaron Arena/Dave Loos Court

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay men’s basketball team (11-16, 5-8 OVC) take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (18-9, 8-5 OVC) at the Dunn Center Saturday, at 7:30pm in the second part of a doubleheader. It is also Senior night.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

After the women’s game ends, Saturday, the women will recognize their seniors before the men will honor four-year senior Will Triggs and two-year player Travis Betran.

In addition, the Governors also will salute Matt Hasse, former Govs center-turned-student assistant who sat out this season after chronic back problems ended his playing career.

Austin Peay Governors

APSU - Austin Peay State University SportsThe Governors enter the night tied with Southeast Missouri for eighth and the final Ohio Valley Conference tourney spot with identical 5-8 league marks.

APSU comes in after a heartbreaking 90-88 double-overtime loss at Morehead State, Wednesday, a game that saw the Govs take the final shot in both regulation and the first overtime.

Travis Betran matched his season high with 24 points against Morehead State while Ed Dyson made it six straight double-figure scoring games with 15.

Austin Peay leads the OVC and is 34th in the nation with 5.4 blocks per game.

Austin Peay senior Will Triggs and two-year player Travis Betran will be recognized on Senior Night Saturday. Former Govs center-turned-student assistant Matt Hasse will also be saluted.

Austin Peay senior Will Triggs and two-year player Travis Betran will be recognized on Senior Night Saturday. Former Govs center-turned-student assistant Matt Hasse will also be saluted.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsEastern Kentucky has not played since defeating Jacksonville State, 86-65, a week ago on the road. The OVC East preseason favorites, the Colonels come into the game with an 18-9 overall record, 8-5 in the OVC—good enough for third in the East.

The Colonels have attempted 640 three pointers–231 more than the Governors–and have made 244 (38.1 percent).

Preseason All-OVC selections Glenn Cosey (18,7 ppg) and Corey Walden (13.3 ppg) have lived up to the preseason hype.

The Series

This is the 110th meeting between Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky, with the Govs holding a 60-49 advantage. The Governors lost last season’s only meeting, 93-51, in Richmond, with the defeat eliminating them from OVC postseason contention.

The Colonels have lost eight straight games in Clarksville.

What A Win Would Mean

It would make the Governors 12-16 heading into Thursday’s road game at Southeast Missouri…it would make the Govs 6-8 in the OVC…it would make the Govs 6-8 in 2014…it would even the Govs’ February mark at 3-3…the Govs would finish with a 9-5 home record…they would finish with a 5-3 OVC home record…they would improve the overall series record 61-49 against Eastern Kentucky…it would make Dave Loos 35-17 all-time against Eastern Kentucky…it would make Loos 12-6 all-time against Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer…it would be Dave Loos’ 466th career victory.

Giving Direction

Fred GarmonWith Damarius Smith still out with an ankle injury and Zavion Williams missing practice this week with a knee issue, Fred Garmon made his season’s second start.

He not only set a personal high for minutes played (42—his previous high was 18), but as well had single-game bests for points (nine) and rebounds (six).

Front Court Help

Chris FreemanJunior forward Chris Freeman came off the bench against Morehead State to play a season-high 33 minutes, scoring nine points—the most points he has had since the Memphis game, November 14th, 2013.

Sophomore forward Preston Herring matched his season high with 16 minutes against Morehead State.

Above The Rim

Chris HortonChris Horton’s five block effort against Morehead State was the 16th time this season the sophomore center has recorded three or more blocks and 32nd time in his career.

Media Center

Radio: Governors Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Greg Walker
Analyst: David Loos

WVRY 105.1-FM
www.letsgopeay.com

Television: Peay Nation Broadcasting
ipTV: OVCDN (OVC Digital Network)
Play-By-Play: Ethan Fisher-Schmidt
Analyst: Christian Hodges


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