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Murray State Racers bounce back from Thursday loss, hands Austin Peay Governors Basketball a 28-point loss

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Basketball

Clarksville Sports NetworkMurray, KY – Coming off their first loss of the season, Murray State entered Saturday night’s return game against the Austin Peay Governors eager to prove to the rest of the nation that the Racers are still the team to beat in the Ohio Valley Conference.

And, unfortunately for the Govs, the Racers had no problems proving that point as Isaiah Canaan scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the first half, fueling the Racers to a 82-63 blowout win over their conference rivals in the CFSB Center.

Alton Williams led the Austin Peay Governors with a career-high 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.
Alton Williams led the Austin Peay Governors with a career-high 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.

“This is a great rivalry,” Austin Peay Governors head coach Dave Loos said. “I just wish we had played a little closer. If we don’t play closer, this won’t be a rivalry any longer.”

Things started on a well enough note for the Govs (9-18, 6-7 OVC), who jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after early baskets from John Fraley.

The Govs extended their lead to 5-0 after Melvin Baker’s made free throw, but then went on the first of two prolonged first-half scoring droughts, allowing the Racers to go ahead on a 28-7 run and enjoy a double-digit lead for much of the first half.

“It seemed like the score stayed at 5-5 forever,” Loos said. “Given how they played it was probably a good thing for us.”

Eventually trailing by as many as 21 points, the Govs managed to trim the halftime deficit to 37-24 after a bizarre sequence saw Racers head coach Steve Prohm and forward Latreze Mushatt receive technical fouls.

John Fraley posts up under the rim Saturday night. Fraley ended the night with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.
John Fraley posts up under the rim Saturday night. Fraley ended the night with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Peay Men's Basketball.

After a Mushatt foul on Thomas Greer, Herdie Lawrence fell to the floor as a result of contact between the two, eventually resulting in a brief stare down between Mushatt and Lawrence that prompted Prohm to leave the sideline in an attempt to diffuse a possible dustup.

“I think it was way overblown,” Prohm said. “We have had some bad situations in college basketball and it’s the coaches job to make it right. I did that.”

Loos echoed Prohm’s explanation.

“It was not nearly as bad as it looked,” Loos said. “The first bit was accidental and there might have been some talk. I thought (Prohm) was trying to do the right thing.”

Melvin Baker would go on to convert a free throw as the Govs appeared to have some signs of life heading into the locker room.

After the two teams returned to the floor, however, another big Racers run buried any hopes of a comeback for the Govs.

Alton WilliamsAfter scoring on their opening possession of the period, the Racers would continue on an 11-0 run, ballooning their lead back to 24 less than three minutes into the second half.

“It certainly did not catch us by surprise,” Loos said. “They are a good team. We could not afford to give them any extra opportunities.”

Alton Williams – who provided positive offensive minutes in Monday’s loss at Belmont – was again a factor in the second half of Saturday’s game, leading the Govs with a career-high 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

Josh Terry“That was more of a function of my teammates looking at me and finding me on open looks,” Williams said. “I have been working on my game.”

Fraley and Josh Terry finished with 13 points each in the loss.

In the end, however, offensive rebounds and turnovers were too much for the Govs to overcome.

In all, the Govs allowed 17 second-chance points off of 17 Racers offensive boards.

The Govs also finished with 18 turnovers – their fifth straight contest with double-digit giveaways.

John FraleyIn addition to Canaan, the Govs struggled to contain Racers big man Ivan Aska, who missed the first meeting between the two teams with a hand injury.

The Fort Lauderdale native finished with just nine points and four rebounds, but provided match up problems down low for the Govs.

“It was great to have him back (against the Govs),” Racers forward Donte Poole said. “It was good to have that presence and that leadership back against those guys.”

The win was a small measure of revenge for the Racers (24-1, 12-1) who had their 25-game home win streak snapped by the Govs a season ago.

Conversely, the Govs suffered their third straight loss in the series and continued their tumble down the OVC rankings.

With the loss, the Govs fell below .500 in the conference for the first time since rallying back from an 0-3 start in January.

Coupled with Morehead State’s 58-45 win over Eastern Kentucky, the loss also means the Govs will need a win over the Eagles to continue to jockey for position in the middle of the OVC pack.

“We have three (OVC games) left,” Loos said. “I told our guys that we need all three of them.”

Box Score

Austin Peay vs Murray State
02/11/12 – 7:30pm at Murray, KY (CFSB Center)

Austin Peay 63

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 2-5 0-0 2-4 1-1 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 16
23 TERRY, Josh f 4-8 0-0 5-8 3-2 5 2 13 2 4 0 2 31
21 FRALEY, John c 5-7 0-0 3-5 4-4 8 3 13 1 2 2 0 33
01 CLYBURN, Jerome g 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 14
12 EDMONDSON, TyShwan g 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1 12
10 TRIGGS, Will 2-4 0-0 0-0 2-0 2 1 4 1 1 0 0 14
11 GREER, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 6
14 WILLIAMS, Alton 5-6 5-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 15 0 0 0 1 17
15 FREEMAN, Chris 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
22 LAWRENCE, Herdie 4-10 2-5 2-2 0-0 0 3 12 3 4 0 1 27
24 HARMS, Joe 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
32 BLAKE, Justin 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 12
33 HASSE, Matt 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 11
TM TEAM 0-1 1 1
Totals………….. 22-48 7-12 12-20 11-12 23 26 63 8 18 4 6 200
45.8% 58.3% 60.0%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 10-25 1-4 3-6
40.0% 25.0% 50.0%
2nd Half: 12-23 6-8 9-14
52.2% 75.0% 64.3%


Murray State 82

Total 3-point Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
02 DANIEL, Ed f 1-3 0-0 2-4 2-3 5 3 4 1 3 1 2 23
42 ASKA, Ivan f 4-7 0-0 4-7 2-2 4 2 12 0 3 0 0 24
03 CANAAN, Isaiah g 5-9 3-5 10-11 1-1 2 0 23 6 2 0 2 31
11 POOLE, Donte g 2-7 1-4 2-2 0-3 3 2 7 2 2 0 1 23
33 LONG, Jewuan g 5-8 2-5 0-2 3-1 4 2 12 1 2 1 1 26
01 WILSON, Stacy 4-7 2-4 0-0 1-0 1 1 10 2 2 0 0 16
04 MUSHATT, Latreze 4-4 0-0 0-0 4-5 9 4 8 1 2 0 0 18
10 JACKSON, Zay 2-6 0-1 2-2 1-1 2 2 6 1 1 0 2 21
13 GARRETT, Brandon 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 16
32 BLAND, Jaylen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
TM TEAM 3-1 4
Totals………….. 27-52 8-19 20-28 17-20 37 19 82 14 17 4 9 200
51.9% 42.1% 71.4%
Team summary: FG 3FG FT
1st Half: 13-29 5-12 6-11
44.8% 41.7% 54.5%
2nd Half: 14-23 3-7 14-17
60.9% 42.9% 82.4%

 

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Austin Peay 24 39 63 Record: (9-18 (6-7 OVC))
Murray State 37 45 82 Record: (24-1 (12-1 OVC))
Officials: Craig Murley, Todd Austin, Johnny Pearson
Technical fouls: Austin Peay-LAWRENCE, Herdie. Murray State-MUSHATT, Latreze; TEAM.
Attendance: 8587
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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