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APSU Governors Basketball begins homestand with Eastern Illinois, Thursday

 

Austin Peay (8-18/4-8 OVC) vs. Eastern Illinois (13-13/5-8 OVC)

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center

APSU Men's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On Thursday, February 15th, Austin Peay State University men’s basketball begins its final set of regular season home contests with a 7:00pm contest against Ohio Valley Conference West Division foe Eastern Illinois in the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball plays Eastern Illinois Panthers Thursday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball plays Eastern Illinois Panthers Thursday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

Wins are paramount for the Governors at this point in the season—not only is head coach Dave Loos one victory away from 500 for his collegiate career, the Governors must pick up victories if they harbor hopes of a return trip to the OVC Tournament.

Thursday night will be a Blackout Night—for the first time in the regular season, the Govs will don their black uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear black to the Dunn Center as well.

About the Eastern Illinois Panthers

Eastern Illinois PanthersSince snapping a five-game losing streak on January 28th, Eastern Illinois has become one of the conference’s hottest teams, winning four of their last five, including overtime victories against Southeast Missouri and Tennessee State and a win against West Division leader UT Martin.

Montell Goodwin grabbed OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week honors last week after averaging 23.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in wins against the Skyhawks and Redhawks.

Summing Up Murray State

APSU Men's Basketball - Josh RobinsonThe Govs look to shake off a 102-58 road loss against the Racers that saw the teams split the season series.

Although Josh Robinson (15 points) outdueled OVC scoring-leader Jonathan Stark (13), the Governors couldn’t overcome the Racers presence in the paint (62 points, most by an APSU opponent this season) and a minus-22 rebounding differential.

Last Time Out Against Eastern Illinois

Josh Robinson poured in 36 points, chipping in seven boards and hitting five three-pointers, to pace the Govs to a 92-84 win against the Panthers, January 14th.

Kenny Jones chipped in a double-double (12 points and 11 rebounds) and the Govs hitting 12-for-20 from beyond the arc to counteract a 32-point, 12-rebound performance from Demetrius McReynolds–Muusa Dama also had 16 points and 10 boards for Eastern Illinois.

Keep An Eye On

A win would be the 500th in head coach Dave Loos‘ collegiate career.

APSU Men's Basketball - Kenny JonesIn 16 of 25 games this season, Jones has shot at least 60 percent from the floor. He ranks fifth (59.3 percent) in the conference in shooting among qualified players. He and EIU’s Muusa Dama are two of six players in the league’s top-10 in rebounding and shooting–Dama paces the conference in boards (9.5 rpg) and is 10th in shooting (52.0 percent), while Jones is ninth (7.8) and fifth (59.2), respectively. 

A win would give the Govs a season sweep of the Panthers for the first time since 2010-11 and would be Austin Peay’s third straight win against Eastern Illinois, the Govs longest streak since 2010-12 (three games).

APSU Men's Basketball - Chris Porter-BuntonSophomore Chris Porter-Bunton is shooting 49.1 percent (27-for-55) from the floor in OVC play.

Terrell Lewis, EIU’s third-leading scorer, is a familiar face, if not name, for Austin Peay fans. Formerly Cornell Johnston, Lewis recently legally changed his name and is averaging 10.6 points and 4.8 assists for EIU.

Josh Robinson is five points behind Lenny Manning (1981-84) for 12th all-time.

Jones may be one of the league’s most efficient players, but he’s also had his share of bad luck from a numbers standpoint. Five times already in 2016-17, Jones has finished one rebound short of a double-double, including two of his last three games.

Senior John Murry is averaging 18.8 ppg since the start of conference play, hitting 49.7 percent (73-for-147) from the floor and 79.3 percent (65-for-82) from the free-throw line.

APSU Govs Online

Check back at LetsGoPeay.com and on Austin Peay’s Official Athletics Facebook page often for up-to-date news about all Governor athletics, as well as the Governor men’s basketball Twitter page (@AustinPeayMBB). Live stats will be available during the game at PeayStats.com, and all home games and Ohio Valley Conference games can be viewed on www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com

Postgame video interviews and other videos from around APSU Athletics can be found on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/letsgopeay).


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