Austin Peay Basketball
Clarksville, TN – After suffering through its worst start in program history by losing its first nine games, the Govs finally broke through Monday night and beat Arkansas State in overtime 86-82 in the Dunn Center.
But there was a point when Arkansas State took a 71-68 lead with 43.9 seconds left in regulation that the Govs really thought they were headed to their 10th defeat.
“I would be less than honest if I didn’t tell you that that thought had crossed my mind, ‘Here we go again!’,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “But I thought they did a nice job in the possession where we got it to Will (Triggs) for a lay up. That was good patience and savvy basketball there.”
That lay up by Triggs with 14 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 72-all and then both teams missed their chances to win the game before the clock hit triple zero.
The Govs (1-9) wasted little time in the overtime period and sprinted off to an 80-74 lead with 2:26 left on Melvin Baker’s three-point play and then started to feel really good about themselves when TyShwan Edmondson drained a 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds left in overtime that put them up 84-76.
But the Govs sealed it when Josh Terry hit a free throw with 2.1 seconds left and made it the final.
That free throw finally gave APSU the opportunity to savor a victory.
“A win is a win,” Terry said. “Anyway you can get one, a win is a win. We’ve been losing in all kind of ways, but the most important thing we did (against Arkansas State) was we kept our heads up, we kept our composure and it finally worked out for us.”
Said Baker: “That’s all you can say is finally really, it’s a big-time stress reliever. We got some weight lifted off our shoulders. But we still got a lot work to do if we want to compete for the OVC title.”
It’s fitting that Terry led the Govs with 22 points and Baker added 21 points and made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. But Triggs’ and Jerome Clyburn’s 12 points were also instrumental.
Arkansas State was led by Marcus Hooten’s 27 points and 14 each from Townsel and Malcoln Kirkland. Trey Finn chipped in 13 points.
The Govs were solid shooting 50.9 percent (29-of-57) for the game but it really helped they made 4-of-5 in the extra session compared to Arkansas State and its shooting 3-of-8 in overtime and 48.4 percent for the game (30-of-62).
The Govs could be in for some bad news as the week goes on. Redshirt junior Anthony Campbell re-injured his reconstructed left knee with 9:42 left in the game and didn’t return. He sat with ice on his knee for the rest of the game and Loos wasn’t sure of his prognosis for the Govs game at Tennessee on Saturday.
He hasn’t played since, but began non-contact drills last Thursday and is expected to practice fully the rest of this week.
The Governors are back in action Saturday, December 10th as they take on Tennessee in Knoxville. Tipoff time is 11:00am.
Arkansas State vs Austin Peay
12/5/11 7:00pm at Clarksville, TN. (Dunn Center)
Arkansas State 82
Austin Peay 86
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||OT||Total|
|Arkansas State||28||44||10||82||Record: (3-5)|
|Austin Peay||34||38||14||86||Record: (1-9)|
|Points in the paint-ASU 24,APSU 36. Points off turnovers-ASU 12,APSU 18.|
|2nd chance points-ASU 11,APSU 6. Fast break points-ASU 7,APSU 6.|
|Bench points-ASU 5,APSU 17. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-8 times.|
|Last FG-ASU OT-00:03, APSU OT-00:26.|
|Largest lead-ASU by 4 1st-09:03, APSU by 11 2nd-13:21.|
Officials: Steve Pyatt (R), Kevin Mathis, Mike Litzelfelner
Technical fouls: Arkansas State-None. Austin Peay-None.
Copies in a Flash Player of the Game: Melvin Baker