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Fort Wayne, IN – It was like trying to eat fruit with milk or drink milk with steak….things that just don’t go together.
Seniors Chris Horton and Khalil Davis picked up their respective third and fourth fouls early in the second half with the Governors leading IPFW by four points. At the same time those two were forced to exit IPFW senior guard Max Landis caught on fire from the perimeter.As a result, the Mastodons went on a 21-0 run to erase a seven-point deficit and race past Austin Peay State University, 85-68, Saturday after in War Memorial Coliseum.
With the win IPFW swept the season series from the Govs and improved to 8-4 while the Govs fell to 4-6 overall and 1-2 on the current five-game road trip.
Landis hit three of his six three second-half pointers in the six-minute game-determining span—Landis finished with 28 points on nine three pointers and one free throw.
“Landis caught fire in the second half and the wheels came off for us,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “We had some fouls called that really hurt us. We had to take Khalil and Horton out. With Horton out, then we also got hurt inside.”
That quickly, a game that APSU controlled with its defense in the first half, had all but slipped away. The offense, which struggled some in the first half–APSU went more than nine minutes without a field goal—saw much standing around, with almost all movement coming from the ball handler attempting to make a play. By the time, Horton and Davis returned, the Govs already were trailing by nine, 56-47—a 16-point swing. Not even their respective reentries could change the momentum.
“It was huge—it certainly was the turning point,” Loos said. “Some of these guys have to learn. It won’t be the last time one these guys gets into foul trouble and one of these young guys has to step up.”
In the first half, the Govs offense slowed appreciably when point guard Terrell Thompson picked up his second foul. Right before the 12-minute media timeout the Govs connected on 7-of-11 shots to take a 20-12 lead. But APSU went just 2-of-14 the half’s remainder but still held a 33-29 halftime lead, thanks to a defense that limited IPFW to just 35 percent (7-of-20) shooting and forced 11 Mastodons turnovers. It also helped APSU it went 11-of-14 at the free-throw line.
But the combination of the Horton-Davis exit with Landis owning the perimeter just didn’t mix as IPFW outscored APSU 56-35 in the final half.
In addition to Landis’ 19 second-half points, point guard Max Landis had 15 of his 22 points. With Landis doing almost all the second-half three-point damage, IPFW was 7-of-13 from behind the arc in the closing half.
Horton led the Governors with 16 points and 15 rebounds—his season’s eight double-double—but he missed his first seven shots in going 4-of-13. He also had seven turnovers, matching the number he had against the Mastodons back in November. Davis had 15 points while Josh Robinson added 14.
The Govs finished the night shooting just 35 percent (22-of-63) from the floor, including 5-of-16 from the three-point line.
Austin Peay 68 (4-6), IPFW (8-4) 85
Austin Peay 68
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