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APSU Governors Basketball hits the road to face No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers

Austin Peay (0-1) vs. #15/#15 Indiana (1-0)

Monday, November 16th, 2015 | 6:00pm CT
Bloomington, IN | Assembly Hall

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUBloomington, IN – Austin Peay State University head coach Dave Loos calls his 2015-16 Governors evolvement “a process.”

The next phase of this process will unfold 6:00pm CT when the Govs face No. 15/15 Indiana in a second opening-round game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in fabled Assembly Hall.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball face No. 15 Indiana Monday night. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Men’s Basketball face No. 15 Indiana Monday night. (APSU Sports Information)

In a span of three days it will mean the Governors, who are meshing seven newcomers with six newcomers, will have to force feed this process a second time against a team teeming with experience—Indiana owns a roster with 285 career starts compared to 133—92 by Chris Horton—for the Governors.

When the Govs lost 80-41, Friday, to No. 18/20 Vanderbilt, they faced a team that returned four of five starters and seven of its top eight players from 2014-15.

APSU Chris HortonThe Hoosiers, in other words, are not only experienced but talented and deep. Senior guard Yogi Ferrell is a preseason All-America after earning All-Big 10 a year ago. He is on the Bob Cousy Award Watch List for the nation’s top point guard.

But he is not the only Indiana player on a watch list. James Blackmon Jr. is on the Jerry West Award list for the top shooting guard; Troy Williams is on the Julius Erving Award list for the top small forward while freshman center Thomas Bryant in on the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Watch List for the nation’s top center.

All that was on display when Indiana opened the season, Friday, with an 88-49 win against its first Ohio Valley Conference opponent, Eastern Illinois. Considered one of the nation’s top offense, the Hoosiers placed six players in double figures.

APSU Khalil DavisMatching that offensive firepower will be a challenge for a Governors team that shot 22 percent against Vanderbilt in the opener.

APSU connected on just one three pointer in the contest and were credited with one assist as the Govs unwisely attempted to attack the basket against a team that had on the floor two seven-footers much of the time.

APSU saw only one Gov (Khalil Davis with 10 points) break into double figures. Returning leading scorer Chris Horton struggled with a 3-of-14 shooting night.

The Govs’ active post player did grab 14 rebounds as APSU held its own on the boards, being outrebounded 51-45.

The contest with be a homecoming of sorts for a trio of Govs’ newcomers–all junior college transfers–point guard Terrell Thompson (Indianapolis/Warren Central HS), John Murry (Indianapolis/North Central HS) and Kenny Jones (South Bend/South Clay HS).

After playing IP-Fort Wayne for their home opener, 7:00pm, Wednesday, the Governors will conclude the states’ regional version of Maui Jim Maui Invitational by traveling to Greeley, Colorado, to play Cal Poly, Saturday, and either host Northern Colorado or Maryland-Baltimore County, Sunday.

Broadcast Information

Radio • Governors Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Scott Chase
Analyst: David Loos

TV • Big Ten Network
Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Joe Crispin

Governors on the Web

Live Statistics: www.sidearmstats.com/indiana/mbball
Live Audio: www.LetsGoPeay.com


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