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Austin Peay Governors Basketball comes up short in shootout against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Basketball

Clarksville Sports NetworkClarksville, TN – After Monday night’s blowout loss at Tennessee State, Austin Peay Governors head coach Dave Loos said his team needed to make a commitment to playing defense before they could expect to win another game this season.

Unfortunately for the Govs, they added 19 turnovers to a shaky defensive performance, matching a season-high for most points allowed this season in a 94-88 loss to Tennessee Tech Thursday night.

John Fraley drives around Tennessee Tech's Bassey Inameti towards the basket Thursday night. Fraley had a 31 point career performance. He also grabbed  17 rebounds. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.
John Fraley drives around Tennessee Tech's Bassey Inameti towards the basket Thursday night. Fraley had a 31 point career performance. He also grabbed 17 rebounds. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.

Unlike Monday’s loss to the Tigers, the Govs energy appeared to be present from the opening tip, but instead it was the Govs offensive focus that was the problem.

 

“We really did not give ourselves a chance to win,” Loos said. “The effort was great but we did not give ourselves a chance to win. We just continuously turned the ball over and didn’t guard people the way we needed to.”

After the Govs (9-16, 6-6 OVC) raced out to a 12-6 lead just seven minutes into the ballgame, the teams began to trade baskets before the Golden Eagles stormed ahead just before halftime.

Jerome Clyburn drives to the basket to score two. Clyburn had 8 points on the night. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.
Jerome Clyburn drives to the basket to score two. Clyburn had 8 points on the night. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half,” Loos said. “They got a significant number of more fast break points more than us because we keep turning the ball over. Our turnovers led directly to baskets…easy baskets.”

Melvin BakerIn all, the Golden Eagles finished with 27 points off of turnovers and eight second-half offensive rebounds to build a 10-point lead with 5:38 to play.

After battling down the stretch, the Govs capitalized on a wild sequence that saw APSU go on a 7-0 run in 15 seconds when Melvin Baker buried a 3-pointer and Jerome Clyburn stole the ensuing inbounds pass and dished back to back to Baker to cut the deficit to 90-88 with just over 20 seconds left in regulation.

It was at the free throw line, however, where the Golden Eagles ultimately put away the Govs, sinking 16 straight free throws to close the game.

John Fraley“It was (frustrating) because we got to the point where if we put them on the line we knew they were going to make their shots,” Govs forward John Fraley said.

As a team, the Golden Eagles made 30-of-37 shots from the charity stripe.

The Govs had a solid night at the line as well – swishing home 24-of-30 shots.

Despite an increasingly physical second half that saw a total of four technical fouls called – one of which led to Govs guard Josh Terry’s fifth personal foul – Loos declined to comment on the officiating.

Josh TerryThe loss spoiled a career night from Fraley, who scored a career-high 31 points, tracked down 17 rebounds and recorded four blocks.

“I felt like everyone was out there giving their best effort,” Fraley said. “We just weren’t playing (solid) basketball. We had so many turnovers – myself included – you can’t win games with that many turnovers. We didn’t set ourselves up to win.”

Baker finished the night with 17 points while Terry added 10 in the loss.

TyShwan EdmondsonTyShwan Edmondson had an icy cold night from the floor the Govs, finishing with seven points while making just 1-of-12 shots from the floor.

Kevin Murphy, who scored 50 points in a win over SIU-Edwardsville Monday, finished with 33 points on 9-of-21 shooting to lead the Golden Eagles (15-9, 7-4).

Fellow guard Jud Dillard had an equally big night for the Golden Eagles, scoring 22 of his 29 points in the second half.

Jerome ClyburnWith the loss, the Govs dropped their fourth straight contest to the Golden Eagles, which evened the all-time series at 68 wins apiece.

Undoubtedly more frustrating for the Govs, however, was the fact that Thursday’s loss erased virtually any memory of the team’s five-game conference winning streak in mid-January.

“I thought we played hard tonight but the basketball wasn’t good enough to win,” Loos said. “If you want to position yourself right (for the OVC conference tournament) you have to win at home.”

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Box Score

Tennessee Tech vs Austin Peay
2/2/12 – 7:00pm at Clarksville, TN (Dunn Center)

Tennessee Tech 94

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
11 BARNES, Terrell f 1-4 0-0 0-1 4-5 9 4 2 3 0 0 2 28
33 OGBE, Dennis f 4-6 0-1 2-4 0-1 1 0 10 1 0 0 0 14
02 SWANSEY, Zac g 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 4 0 2 4 6 0 2 36
25 DILLARD, Jud g 8-17 0-2 13-14 3-6 9 2 29 1 2 0 2 35
55 MURPHY, Kevin g 9-21 5-10 10-12 3-4 7 3 33 3 4 1 0 37
00 MCMORROW, Liam 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 0 0 2 0 10
05 MCKAY, Javon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
24 DUNN, Chase 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
32 INAMETI, Bassey 0-1 0-0 1-2 1-0 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 10
42 BAILEY, Zach 4-7 1-3 4-4 1-2 3 3 13 1 2 0 4 21
TM TEAM 2-2 4
Totals………….. 29-63 6-16 30-37 16-24 40 23 94 15 16 4 11 200
46.0% 37.5% 81.1%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 15-35 2-9 1-6
42.9% 22.2% 16.7%
2nd Half: 14-28 4-7 29-31
50.0% 57.1% 93.5%

Austin Peay 88

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
20 BAKER, Melvin f 6-12 1-2 4-5 3-3 6 5 17 2 5 1 2 30
23 TERRY, Josh f 4-8 0-0 2-3 1-0 1 5 10 1 2 0 0 23
21 FRALEY, John c 10-13 0-0 11-12 6-11 17 5 31 1 5 4 2 36
01 CLYBURN, Jerome g 3-10 1-2 1-2 2-1 3 0 8 5 2 0 4 18
12 EDMONDSON, TyShwan g 1-12 0-7 5-6 0-4 4 4 7 2 2 1 0 40
10 TRIGGS, Will 3-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 6 0 0 0 2 14
11 GREER, Thomas 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10
14 WILLIAMS, Alton 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+
22 LAWRENCE, Herdie 3-5 2-3 1-2 0-1 1 2 9 0 1 0 0 22
32 BLAKE, Justin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
TM TEAM 2-2 4 1
Totals………….. 30-64 4-15 24-30 14-22 36 23 88 11 19 6 10 200
46.9% 26.7% 80.0%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 15-31 2-8 4-6
48.4% 25.0% 66.7%
2nd Half: 15-33 2-7 20-24
45.5% 28.6% 83.3%
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Tennessee Tech 33 61 94 Record: (15-9, 7-4 OVC)
Austin Peay 36 52 88 Record: (9-16, 6-6 OVC)


Points in the paint-TTU 34,APSU 48. Points off turnovers-TTU 27,APSU 15.
2nd chance points-TTU 13,APSU 20. Fast break points-TTU 17,APSU 2.
Bench points-TTU 18,APSU 15. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-6 times.
Last FG-TTU 2nd-03:15, APSU 2nd-00:20.
Largest lead-TTU by 10 2nd-05:38, APSU by 6 1st-13:41.

 

Officials: Ken Smith (R), Bret Smith, Andrew Walton
Technical fouls: Tennessee Tech-MCMORROW, Liam; MURPHY, Kevin; DILLARD, Jud. Austin Peay-TERRY, Josh.
Attendance: 2243
Copies in a Flash Player of the Game: John Fraley
Wade Neelyhttp://www.twitter.com/WadeNeely
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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