APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Basketball
Clarksville, TN – In a tale of two halves, Travis Betran’s three-point bucket at the overtime buzzer lifted Austin Peay State University to an 84-81 victory, Wednesday night, against Morehead State in Ohio Valley Conference action, snapping the Governors’ eight-game losing streak.
The victory put APSU at 5-12 overall and it also was its OVC victory, putting the Govs at 1-2. It was APSU head coach Dave Loos’ 450th career victory.The loss snapped Morehead State three-game winning streak, dropping the Eagles to 8-9 overall and 1-2 in the OVC.
The way the first half evolved it appeared the Governors would run away from the Eagles. APSU connected on seven three pointers while Morehead State could make just 8-of-29 shots against the Govs’ 2-3 zone defense. Austin Peay led by as much as 21 points and settled for a 39-20 halftime advantage.
The second half became a complete reversal. The Eagles, who made just 1-of-11 three pointers in the first half, missed their first three attempt in the second but then hit six of their next seven attempts. The double-digit lead was erased for good by the 12:42 mark. In fact, Bakari Turner, who was scoreless in the first half, made all four three-point attempts at one point to whittle the lead down to four, 53-49.
Betran then pushed it back to seven with a traditional three-point play, but from that point APSU could never shake the determined Eagles. On three different occasions Morehead State cut the deficit to one. Finally Chad Posthumus threw down a dunk with 3:33 remaining to give Morehead State its first lead, 68-67, since the Eagles led 4-2.
But APSU displayed its resiliency. Freshman Chris Horton, who had battled foul problems much of the game, slammed home Anthony Campbell’s miss. Then Campbell hit two free throws to put APSU up, 71-68, with 2:23 left.
With 36 seconds remaining, the Eagles Angelo Warner made a pair of free throws, narrowing the gap to one. Then the Governors committed a turnover only to have Morehead State return the favor with 26 seconds left.
Morehead then fouled Will Triggs with 11 seconds left. Triggs missed the front end of the two-shot foul but sank the second, giving APSU a 72-70 lead.
Turner missed a jumper with as time was winding down, but Drew Kelly, the grandson of former APSU coach Lake Kelly, grabbed the rebound and put it in with two seconds left, sending the game to overtime.
APSU never trailed in the extra session but another Turner three pointer tied it the first time at the 2:42 mark-it was his fifth three pointer after intermission. But that three was answered with one by walk-on point guard Jeremy Purvis, who had five points in the extra session.
Morehead State’s Maurice Lewis-Briggs missed a long three, but the Eagles grabbed their 20th offensive rebounds, with Taarig Muhammad scoring on a layup with 28 seconds left.
APSU called time out and planned to work a play off a screen for Betran. Morehead State, however, double-team Betran who finally worked his way free enough to let loose with a fall-away three-the buzzer sounding moments after his release-to give APSU the much-needed victory.
Redshirt sophomore Thomas Greer scored a career-high 11 points off bench, including a trio of three pointers as he went a perfect four-of-four from the floor.
Turner ended with 19 points while Kelley added 16 and Milton Chavis 15 as the Eagles placed five players in double figures.
APSU, which held a 21-19 halftime rebounding lead, were hammered on the boards after intermission, being outrebounded 26-14, including 14 offensive rebounds.
Morehead State vs Austin Peay
1/9/13 7:00pm at Dunn Center – Clarksville, TN
Morehead State 81
Austin Peay 84
|100 %||100 %||60.0%|
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||OT||Total|
|Morehead State||20||52||9||81||Record: (8-9, 2-1 OVC)|
|Austin Peay||39||33||12||84||Record: (5-12, 1-2 OVC)|
|Points in the paint-MOR 44,APSU 27. Points off turnovers-MOR 18,APSU 18.|
|2nd chance points-MOR 30,APSU 14. Fast break points-MOR 4,APSU 5.|
|Bench points-MOR 33,APSU 17. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-4 times.|
|Last FG-MOR OT-00:28, APSU OT-00:01.|
|Largest lead-MOR by 2 1st-16:19, APSU by 21 1st-04:14.|
| Officials: Rick Shoulders, Alfred Smith & Brandon Pipkin
Technical fouls: Morehead State-None. Austin Peay-None.
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