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Austin Peay Governors Basketball outlast Tennessee State Tigers in the Dunn Center to improve to 3-3 in OVC
Austin Peay Basketball
Clarksville, TN – Don’t look now, but a familiar name is quietly creeping up the OVC standings.
After starting 0-3 in the conference for the first time in 20 years, Austin Peay evened its conference mark Monday, using timely defense and persistent offense to defeat Tennessee State 69-63 in the Dunn Center.
Facing a decided height advantage against the long and lengthy Tigers, the Govs (6-13, 3-3 OVC) were outrebounded by the Tigers (10-10, 3-4 OVC) 38-29.To counter, the Govs decided to attack the basket and get to the free throw line, converting 17-of-26 attempts to preserve the victory.
“They beat us on the boards pretty bad but we got to the free throw line and that was the difference,” Govs head coach Dave Loos said. “Even though we didn’t make as many as we would have liked, we got there enough to make enough to win the game.”
In a typical slugfest between two schools separated by just 50 miles, the Tigers and Govs traded blows in a first half that saw a total of five lead changes.
“We agreed at halftime that we might be the luckiest team in basketball,” Loos said. “It was like starting over and playing a 20-minute game. We played a lot better in those 20 minutes in the second half.”
The Tigers were single-handedly kept in the game by Robert Covington, who entered the game ranked fourth in the OVC in scoring and turned in a career night, scoring 30 points and hauling in 15 rebounds.
“We had no one that could guard Covington,” Loos said. “He’s one of the top players in this league for sure and I’m really impressed with his ability to play inside and out on the perimeter. He could be a pro.”
John Fraley and Melvin Baker did their best to wear down the Tigers front line, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The duo also combined for 10 rebounds and four blocks.
In addition to the bigs, guards Josh Terry and TyShwan Edmondson were offensive factors, adding 12 and 10 points each.
“This was a team effort,” Fraley said. “There wasn’t one person doing it all. It was the whole team and I think that was evident down the stretch in the second half.”
The win also capped off a perfect homestand for the Govs, who joined Morehead State and SIU-Edwardsville at 3-3 in the conference standings.
“That feels good,” Loos said. “We dare not try to catch our breath because we’ve got to stay focused and on top of what we’re doing.”
Austin Peay Governors at SIU Edwardsville Cougars
Govs to play newcomer SIUE for first time It has been a long transition for SIU Edwardsville from Division II to Division I. SIUE joined the OVC in 2008, but this is the first season competing as a basketball member. The Cougars got off to a flying start, winning three of their first four OVC games, including an impressive home win against Tennessee Tech.
Jerome Jones (13.1 ppg), who is averaging 6.4 rpg, and Mark Yelovich (12.8 ppg), lead the SIUE attack. Freshman guard Kris Davis (12.3 ppg) is one of the OVC’s best three-point shooters. Lennox Forrester, who has led SIUE in the transition to Division I, in his fifth season as head coach.
Tennessee State vs Austin Peay
Tennessee State 63
Austin Peay 69
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.
Web Site: http://www.twitter.com/WadeNeely
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