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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Chris Horton quietly making a case to be among Govs all-time greats

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – With his junior season winding down, Austin Peay men’s basketball standout Chris Horton is starting to pile up some impressive numbers, that by the end of his senior campaign may put him in the realm among some of the best to ever wear the Governors uniform.

This past weekend versus Tennessee Martin, Horton not only became the 33rd Austin Peay basketball player to score at least 1,000 points in a career, but just the seventh player all-time to have at least 750 rebounds to go with those points.

APSU's Chris Horton

The other Govs to post those two combined milestones are APSU Hall of Famers Tom Morgan and Otis Howard, along with Drake Reed, Reggie Crenshaw, Tommy Brown and Ralph Garner.

Barring injury between now and the end of his senior season, Horton should join an even more exclusive club with Morgan, as the only two basketball players in school history to have at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Horton is currently fourth all-time in rebounding (784) and is on the precipice of becoming the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots, needing five to pass Josh Lewis’ total of 253 career blocks – which will also move him into second-place all-time in OVC history also behind only Tennessee Tech’s Lorenzo Coleman.

Horton has already become a member of a select group of two in APSU history to record a triple-double – coming on November 16th, 2014 versus – when he authored a 15-point, 13-rebound, 10 blocked shot performance against Berea and joined APSU Hall of Famer Trenton Hassell as the only pair to accomplish the feat.

It was also just the 10th time in Ohio Valley Conference history that a men’s basketball player had recorded a triple-double and the first since the 2008-09 season.

The key to all of these accomplishments for Horton has been his consistency.

Through the first 86 games in his career, Horton has scored at least 10 points in 61 games (71%), grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 43 games (50%), while recording 36 double-doubles (52%).

In fact, Horton is on his way to average a double-double of a season for the second straight season, while just missing out on a double-double season as a sophomore with 9.5 rebounds per game.

He also holds the school record with five straight games with a double-double.

There are four games left in this regular season — including a final home game at the Dunn Center versus SIU Edwardsville on February 26th – for Govs fans to see Horton play before he heads into the off season to prepare for what hopes to be a great senior year and continued ascent up the ranks of the all-time greats to wear the Austin Peay red and white.

Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS. Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA. Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

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