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Austin Peay State University’s Governors Basketball have trouble with pesky Rochester early, but comeback to win 72-50
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay expected Rochester to be tough. But maybe not as pesky as the Warriors turned out to be, because the Govs got everything the could handle from the NAIA school in the first 25:04 of the 40-minute game.
In the end, Austin Peay still found away to win and controled the final 14:56 en route to a 72-50 victory Saturday night in the Dunn Center.
“I was really disappointed in our play in the first half in a number of different ways,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “But as poorly as we played in the first half, we proably played that well in the second half and it started with the eneregy we played with.”The win was Austin Peay’s third in a row and improved them to 2-1 at home. The Govs hope to get one more win before Christmas when they host Belmont, who will joing the Ohio Valley Conference next year, in the Dunn Center on Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Austin Peay’s TyShwan Edmondson led all scorers with 28 points, John Fraley added 11 and Melvin Baker chipped in 10. Rochester was led by Dramel Hogan’s 18 points, who didn’t score in the second half, and Brad Norman’s 10.
But had the game only been 25 minutes long, Austin Peay (3-9) would have suffered the same kind of upset it gave to Tennessee back on December 10th in Knoxville, because Rochester (9-8) played with no fear at the beginning.
“Coach told about how we couldn’t take this team lightly this week,” APSU’s Josh Terry said. “They had played some team pretty close. What we didn’t to do is take this team lightly. They gave it their best shot and played well.”
Things were going so well for the Warriors that they led by as many as 10 points, 18-8 with 11:54 left in the first half, and by nine points twice, the last time a 28-19 advantage with 4:50 left in the first half.
That’s when the Govs starting gaining some control and ended the half on a 6-1 run to cut the lead to 29-25 at halftime.
Rochester tried to come out strong in the second half and ended up leading by seven points twice, the last a 35-28 edge with 17:59 to go on Norman’s 3-pointer.
The next thing you know the Govs went on a 12-4 run and took their first lead of the game, 40-39, on Edmondson’s 3 with 14:56 left to play and then made it 42-39 with 13:57 to go on Baker’s two free throws.
“They were making a lot of big shots,” Edmondson said. “We were trying to stop them from driving and from shooting at the same time, which is hard to do. And we had to shut down No. 21 (Hogan), he had a big first half. It was hard. But I just tried to stay confident and stick with my shot. I haven’t been fading like I usually do on my shot, I’ve just been going straight up so my shot was falling tonight and that helped us out.”
Rochester cut the lead to 48-44 on Norman’s lay up with 9:32 to play, but the Govs got going again with a 15-2 run and took a 63-46 lead on Baker’s score with 4:55 left.
Rochester vs Austin Peay
Austin Peay 72
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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