APSU Sports Information
Troy, AL – The statistics show Chris Horton, with his 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Josh Robinson, with 17 points, led Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team to an 80-71 victory, Saturday afternoon, in Trojan Arena.
Davis scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists while using his elongated 6-5 frame to limit Trojan leading scorer Wesley Person to just 12 points—two three pointers coming late.
Meanwhile, Thompson dished out five assists and had just one turnover from his point guard slot while scoring double-digits (13 points), including an 8-of-9 free-throw performance, for the first time.
As a result, the Governors were able to move back to within a game of the .500 mark at 4-5 and even the five-game road trip at 1-1.
“Several guys had good games today but I thought Terrell was outstanding,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “The first good thing I thought he did was bounce that ball into the seams of their zone when we were struggling, making some things happen. Terrell also was very good at the free-throw line, made good decisions and had just one turnover. He had a great game—his leadership at that position was very important.”
Thompson played a significant role in helping the Govs’ right themselves early after Troy jumped out to an 11-5 lead, sitting back in a 2-3 zone defense to frustrate the Govs into five field-goal misses in the first four minutes. But Thompson then penetrated the defense to set up two buckets—one a three by Davis and another an inside Kenny Jones score—sandwiched around a Josh Robinson layup to give APSU a 12-11 advantage.
The Govs would trail only one more time in the half. Back to back Horton buckets allowed APSU to regain the lead at 16-14 and then Thompson found Davis for another three as the visitors held a 19-14 advantage.
The Govs took a 36-31 lead into the intermission with Davis scoring 11, including a trio of three pointers, while he held Person, who came in averaging 18 points per game, to just three.
Horton hit a pair of free throws to open the second half and Troy then went on a 10-0 run to take a 41-38 lead, seemingly poised to gain game’s momentum. But the ever-reliable Horton scored inside and then Davis nailed a three-pointer—his career best fourth—to allow the Govs to snatch back the advantage at 43-41. Although the game would be tied two more times, APSU never lost the lead again.
“Khalil did a lot of good things today,” Loos said, “but he really did a good (defensive) job on (Person), who is a really good ball player. He never got it going against us.”
After Horton put back a missed shot to make it a four-point contest, Troy would never get closer than three the game’s remainder.
When that occurred Robinson hit back-to-back shots, including a three pointer, to put the Govs up by eight. When Jeremy Hollimon responded with a three—he nailed six in scoring a game-high 25 points—Thompson answered with a three of his own.
That response, with 9:12 left, stunted the Trojans comeback hopes. The Govs seemingly had an answer for every Trojan response and built a 12-point, 66-54 lead after a Horton layup with 6:24 left.
Then it came down to making free throws. The team that made just 8-of-24, Wednesday night, at Corpus Christi, connected on 15-of-18 (83 percent) second-half free throws and finished the game at 21-of-27 (78 percent).
‘We didn’t say a thing to them about (Wednesday’s nightmarish free-throw experience),” Loos said. “It was a mental thing (Wednesday) and we just didn’t talk about it—it was one of those things that just happened. We shot it very well today.”
The Governors finished the game shooting 46 percent (26 of 57) from the floor while holding Troy to only 38 percent (23 of 60) shooting. It was the second straight staunch Govs defensive performance. The Governors also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Troy 42-31—the Govs had 14 offensive grabs that resulted in 17 second-chance points.
Horton finished 7-of-11 from the floor in tallying his 14th 20-point outing. His 13 rebounds matched his season average—he is fourth nationally in rebounding—and it was his seventh double-double this season, 43rd for his career. His five blocks were a season-high and the third time in the last four games he had three or more blocks.
“It’s kind of a shame we take those numbers, 21 points and 13 rebounds (and five blocks), almost for granted,” Loos said shaking his head. “Those are gaudy numbers.”
Austin Peay (4-5) 80, Troy (4-4) 71
Austin Peay 80
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