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Get the ball down low.
And, unsurprisingly, the Govs did just that – with John Fraley’s career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds fueling the team to its first OVC win of the season in an 80-65 victory over Eastern Kentucky.“I thought that was the best ball movement we’ve had all year,” Loos said. “There was great unselfishness. We moved and shared the ball. We followed the play and got it inside.”
Against the undersized Colonels, the Govs (4-13, 1-3 OVC) scored exactly half of their points in the paint with Fraley recording his second double-double of the season in the process.
“I have to give all of the props to the guards,” Fraley said. “Coach has been emphasizing to get the ball inside, but those guys were finding me where I could score. All the bigs scored inside tonight.”
“We were just sharing the ball,” Baker said. “John had a good game which contributed to me and everyone else having a good game. We went out there and got the W and got it done.”
Fraley powered the Govs offense from the opening tip, scoring the team’s first seven points as the Govs raced out to a 7-3 lead.
The teams would trade baskets until the 14 minute mark when Baker and Fraley combined for three straight baskets to extend the Govs lead to 20-12.
It wouldn’t be so easy for the Govs in the second half, however.
After extending their lead to 42-37, the Colonels (10-8, 4-2) went on a 12-6 run of their own to take a 49-48 lead with 12:21 to play.
“I think we had some lapses at times,” Loos said. “But they’re a good team, too. I think he’s (Colonels head coach Jeff Neubauer) done a good job with them and they played a really down-to-the-wire game at Murray. They are a good basketball team.”
“We got it going defensively and kept playing unselfish and getting the ball where we wanted,” Loos said. “I really think it was all set up by our defense tonight.”
The Govs also received solid efforts from reserves Herdie Lawrence and Justin Blake, who finished with eight and seven points each.
Lawrence also contributed big minutes defensively, helping contain Colonels leading scorer Jaron Jones to 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
With the win, the Govs avoided falling to 0-4 in the OVC for the first time since 1993.
And, because of games Saturday and Monday against Jacksonville State and Tennessee State, the Govs are now in position to even their conference mark in quick fashion.
“I think tonight showed that we had a pulse,” Loos said. “Now we have to decide if this will be for one game and we regress or we decide to improve.”
Interview With Dave Loos
Eastern Kentucky vs Austin Peay
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Austin Peay 80
Wade Neely comes to Clarksville after beginning his sports media career in March 2010 as the Sports Director at WKSR AM-FM in Pulaski, Tenn. During his time at WKSR, Neely created, produced and hosted “The Wade Neely Morning Show”, Pulaski’s only live and local wakeup program on WKSR-AM. Neely also served as the “Voice of the Bobcats”, providing play-by-play for all Giles County football, basketball and select baseball contests.
Neely also served as Director of Broadcasting at Martin Methodist College beginning in January 2011, providing play-by-play for all RedHawks home contests as well as the team’s trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City.
Originally from Pulaski, Neely earned his B.S. in Electronic Media Communication from Middle Tennessee State University’s famed College of Mass Communications. Neely also minored in Economics during undergraduate career.
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