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APSU Governors Basketball travels to Tennessee State Tigers Thursday


Austin Peay Governors vs. Tennessee State Tigers

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 | 7:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Gentry Center

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team (9-13, 3-5 OVC) travels to Nashville Thursday, February 6th to take on the Tennessee State Tigers (3-21, 2-8 OVC) at the Gentry Center at 7:00pm.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball visits Tennessee State Thursday. (Clarksville Sports Network)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball visits Tennessee State Thursday. (Clarksville Sports Network)

This is the 71st meeting between the two Ohio Valley Conference rivals, Austin Peay and Tennessee State, with the Governors leading the series 43-27. TSU won last season’s only meeting, an 88-82 overtime, February, 6th.

Austin Peay enters the week needing to play catch up as far as the OVC standings are concerned. In fact, with a month left in the season, the Govs seek to improve their stock in the OVC race, coming in at 3-5.

Austin Peay Governors

APSU - Austin Peay State University SportsAPSU is coming off an excruciating 96-88 loss to Murray State, a contest that saw APSU come from 17 points down to lead late in the contest, but then score only two points over the final two minutes, going just 1-of-7 from the floor down the stretch.

Junior Ed Dyson scored a career-best 19 points while also grabbing a season-best seven rebounds.

Center Chris Horton went 9-of-11 from the field against Murray State, making him 19 of his last 22 from the floor.

The Governors committed a season-low seven turnovers against Murray State.

Tennessee State Tigers

Tennessee State TigersTennessee State comes in at 3-21 overall, 2-8 in the OVC. However, the Tigers are coming off an impressive 81-68 victory at Tennessee Tech last Thursday.

The Tigers are led by the OVC’s leading scorer, Patrick Miller, who is averaging 23.3 points per game. He has led TSU ins score 22 of 24 games this season and has scored double digits in 36 straight contests.

The Tennessee State men’s basketball team outscored Tennessee Tech 45-32 during the second half allowing the Tigers to record their first road victory of the season on Thursday night, 81-68.

TSU was paced by Patrick Miller who scored 27 points on 5-of-10 shooting and dished out five assists. The game marks the 22nd time that the senior has led the Tigers in points.

M.J. Rhett and Jay Harris finished in double-figures as well, pouring in 20 and 11 points, respectively. Rhett also secured a team-high eight rebounds.

The Tigers’ defense did not allow a field goal for the first 6:40 of the second half.

What A Win Would Mean

It would make the Governors 10-13 heading into Saturday’s road contest at Belmont…it would make the Govs 4-5 in the OVC…it would make the Govs 4-5 in 2014…it would make the Govs 1-0 in February…it would improve the Govs to 2-8 on the would be APSU’s first OVC road win…they would improve to 44-27 all-time against Tennessee State…it would make Dave Loos 31-18 all-time against Tennessee State…it would make Loos 1-1 against Tennessee State coach Travis Williams…it would be Dave Loos’ 463rd career victory.

What A Loss Would Mean

The Govs would drop to 9-14 overall…they would fall three games below the .500 mark in OVC play at 3-6…they would start February at would be their second straight defeat…it would drop APSU’s road mark to 1-9…it would be APSU’s fourth straight loss in the series…Loos would drop to 462-400 overall and 380-347 as the Governors head coach.

Moves Into Top 10

With his three made three-point field goals, senior Travis Betran moves into a 10th-place with Anthony Davis (2001-05) with 139 three pointers. He also reached double figures for the 40th time in 53 career games for the Govs.

Block Buster

With six blocks against Murray State, sophomore Chris Horton now has recorded three or more blocks in 29 of his 53 career games.

Efficient Performance

By going 9-of-11 (82 percent) from the floor against Murray State, sophomore center Chris Horton has now shot 70 percent or more from the floor in 11 games this season. In the last three games Horton has converted 19 of 22 shots (86 percent).

Season Low

APSU’s seven turnovers against Murray State were a team season low.

Media Center

Radio: Governors Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Greg Walker
Analyst: David Loos

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