Johnson City, TN – East Tennessee finished the game on a 14-2 run to rally past Austin Peay State University, 84-79, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference basketball game played at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.The loss was the third straight for the Governors, who fell to 5-8 on the season. East Tennessee, meanwhile, swept the two-game season series with the Govs while improving to 6-6, winning those six games in its last eight contests.
Sophomore guard Corey Arentsen nailed a right-wing three pointer with 5:06 left to give APSU a 77-70 lead, It would not only be the Govs last bucket but as well the final points until Chris Horton stuffed one in at the buzzer.
Until the Horton basket, the Govs missed nine straight shots in the final 4:17 while ETSU attacked a tiring Govs defense at the rim. A.J. Merriweather got it started by rebounding a Buc miss and sticking it back in. Then Rashawn Rembert scored on a conventional three-point play after driving to the basket.
Jalen Riley then hit a pair of free throws with 2:12 left that tied the game at 77 before driving and dishing to Kinard Gadsen-Gilliard for a layup with 1:31 left to give back East Tennessee the lead it relinquished with 7:10 left in the first half.
In fact, ETSU got off to a 12-0 lead before a resilient Govs team rallied to tie the game at 16. After a short East Tennessee surge, the Govs, led by sophomore guard Cory Arentsen closed the half on a 30-14 spurt to own a 50-37 lead at intermission.
But the Govs season-long problem—turnovers—again came back to haunted them. The Govs committed 20 turnovers, the second straight game with at least that number.
Still leading by 11, 64-53, with 12 minutes left, APSU committed two straight backcourt turnovers that led to a pair of ETSU three pointers. Cutting their deficit to five points in a matter of one minute was all the Bucs needed to continue their comeback.
A conventional three-point play by Horton and later a Horton layup temporarily stemmed the onslaught. But the Govs could not find any answers downed the stretch after the Arentsen three pointer.
Rembert led ETSU with 21 points while Merriweather added 16.
The Govs finished the night shooting 49;2 percent from the floor, but only 11 of 32 (34.4 peercent) in the final half. The Govs also held a 38-30 rebound advantage, but were outrebounded 22-18 in the final half.
Austin Peay vs East Tennessee State
December 21st, 2013 | 4:00pm CT
Johnson City, TN | ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center
Austin Peay 79
East Tennessee State 84
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Austin Peay||50||29||79||Record: (5-8)|
|East Tennessee State||37||47||84||Record: (6-6)|
| Officials: Will Howard, Mike Fieldbinder, John DillonTechnical fouls: Austin Peay-None. East Tennessee State-None.
Non-personal team technical foul assessed to AP at 5:58 (holding rim on dunk)