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All that really matters for Austin Peay Governors Basketball is it finally won its first game

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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, 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.

Clarksville Sports NetworkBut 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.”

Will Triggs lays it in and helps Austin Peay to their first win of the year. Will Triggs ended the game with 12 points for the Governors.
Will Triggs lays it in and helps Austin Peay to their first win of the year. Will Triggs ended the game with 12 points for the Governors.

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.

Josh TerryThe Red Wolves (3-5) tired to get back into it and cut the lead to 85-82 with 3.2 seconds left on Ed Townsel’s trey.

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.”

TyShwan EdmondsonSaid 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.

Anthony CampbellThe 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.

John FraleyBut the Govs could get some great news if John Fraley is able to go Saturday. Fraley has been out since suffering a concussion in the first game of the season at Middle Tennessee State.

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.

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Box Score

Arkansas State vs Austin Peay
12/5/11 7:00pm at Clarksville, TN. (Dunn Center)

Arkansas State 82

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
15 Peterson, Brandon f 4-6 0-0 1-4 4-2 6 5 9 1 2 1 1 33
33 Kirkland, Malcoln f 6-11 0-0 2-2 4-3 7 5 14 0 2 4 0 43
02 Finn, Trey g 4-12 3-8 2-4 0-6 6 3 13 3 1 0 1 41
05 Hooten, Marcus g 9-16 4-6 5-9 0-1 1 3 27 5 4 0 0 36
24 Townsel, Ed g 5-13 4-8 0-0 0-5 5 3 14 6 2 0 1 42
01 Dickerson, Rakeem 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 5
10 Sterrenberg, Adam 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 9
12 Clark, Bryce 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 9
30 Ogbonnaya-Branch, K. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
34 Zuppardo, Johnny 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
TM TEAM 1-3 4 1
  Totals………….. 30-62 11-22 11-20 11-24 35 24 82 15 14 5 4 225
  48.4% 50.0% 55.0%
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:   11-27 4-7 2-4
  40.7% 57.1% 50.0%
  2nd Half:   16-27 5-10 7-14
  59.3% 50.0% 50.0%
Overtime:   3-8 2-5 2-2
  37.5% 40.0% 100 %

Austin Peay 86

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
10 TRIGGS, Will f 4-7 0-0 4-6 2-7 9 1 12 5 3 3 0 40
20 BAKER, Melvin f 5-8 0-0 11-14 2-8 10 4 21 0 0 0 1 34
01 CLYBURN, Jerome g 4-9 1-2 3-4 0-1 1 1 12 5 2 0 1 37
22 LAWRENCE, Herdie g 1-5 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 2 1 0 0 22
23 TERRY, Josh g 9-15 0-1 4-7 1-4 5 2 22 0 3 0 0 39
12 EDMONDSON, TyShwan 3-7 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 8 5 1 1 2 28
15 FREEMAN, Chris 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-2 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 16
25 CAMPBELL, Anthony 2-3 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 9
TM TEAM 2-2 4
  Totals………….. 29-57 5-14 23-33 8-26 34 16 86 18 11 4 4 225
  50.9% 35.7% 69.7%
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:   12-27 2-7 8-11
  44.4% 28.6% 72.7%
  2nd Half:   13-25 2-6 10-13
  52.0% 33.3% 76.9%
Overtime:   4-5 1-1 5-9
  80.0% 100 % 55.6%
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.

Attendance: 2178

Copies in a Flash Player of the Game: Melvin Baker

James D. Horne
James D. Hornehttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years.  In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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