APSU Men’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay will wrap up the 2010-11 regular season, 7:30pm, Saturday, against Southeast Missouri with more than a few goals left to accomplish.
First, the Governors (18-12/12-5 OVC) can still conceivably gain the second seed in next week’s Ohio Valley Conference tournament. If the Govs defeat the Redhawks, Saturday, and Morehead State loses at UT Martin, APSU would gain that No. 2 seed.
Secondly, it will be Senior Night and the Govs would like to send off point guard Caleb Brown with a victory. He and post player Duran Roberson, who missed the 2010-11 season after summer knee surgery, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Thirdly, a victory Saturday would be Dave Loos’ 350th as Austin Peay head coach.
Finally, a win against the Redhawks will provide the Govs a two-game winning streak and, hopefully, the proper momentum heading into post-season play.
After losing to Fairfield, Saturday in the Sears BracketBusters event, the Governors bounced back, Thursday, with a 65-56 victory against Eastern Illinois. Although it was a victory, it best could be described as an uneven performance.
The Govs dominated the first half, leading by 10 points, 33-23. However, the Govs shot only 27.6 percent (8 of 29) from the floor in the final half and even lost the lead at one point before perservering down the stretch.
The Govs largely won as a result of a dominating board performance-APSU held a 48-38 advantage with Will Triggs (11), TyShwan Edmondson (11) and John Fraley (10) all recording double-digit rebounds.
Southeast Missouri, meanwhile, comes to town after having recently securing an OVC tourney berth, an accomplishment for a program that struggled to win OVC contests in the previous two seasons. The Redhawks enter at 9-20 overall, 6-11 in the OVC.
Junior forward Leon Powell (14.7 ppg) leads the nation in field-goal percentage, shooting 64.1 percent from the floor while also grabbing 7.8 rpg. Guard Marland Smith (13.4 ppg) and Anthony Allison (11.9 ppg) have combined for 240 three pointers made.