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Austin Peay State University Governors Basketball blows out Jacksonville State Gamecocks 73-54


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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TNChris Horton scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while the smothering Austin Peay State University defense limited Jacksonville State to just 30 percent shooting as the Governors rolled to a 73-54 victory, Thursday night, in Ohio Valley Conference action played in Dave Aaron Arena.

The victory improved the Govs to 8-9 overall and 1-1 in the OVC while Jacksonville State fell to 5-13 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Austin Peay senior guard Khalil Davis limits Jacksonville State's top gun Erci Durham to seven points in win. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay senior guard Khalil Davis limits Jacksonville State’s top gun Erci Durham to seven points in win. (APSU Sports Information)

Thursday’s game was one where the Govs led from the outset and never trailed. They jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes as Josh Robinson scored the game’s first five points on a layup and a three pointer.

Horton had four early points but it was only after the Gamecocks cut the deficit to six, 14-8, that the Govs senior center took over, scoring APSU’s next six points on layups against undersized JSU for a 20-8 advantage.

APSU Chris HortonOn three different occasions the Gamecocks cut their deficit to nine but from the 5:28 point on, the Govs lead was double digits. Horton finished the first half with 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds. Horton had one less field goal than JSU did in the opening half as the Gamecocks finished just 9-of-29 (31 percent) from the floor, although six were from three-point range.

In the second half, the visitors began just 3-of-17 from the floor as the Governors built a 24-point 63-39 advantage. After shooting 50 percent from three-point range in the first half, JSU connected on only 3-of-17 in the final half, two of those coming late.

APSU Josh RobinsonHorton finished with his season’s 13th double-double while also dishing out three assists, blocking a trio of shots and collecting two steals. Sophomore guard Josh Robinson had an efficient 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting while also collecting a quartet of dimes—the same number as point guard Terrell Thompson.  Junior guard John Murry came off the bench to add nine second-half points in his most productive outing against a Division I team since the Northern Colorado game back in November.

Although Khalil Davis had just six points, he limited Gamecock double-figure scorer Erci Durham to just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting. Davis also had three assists.

JaQuail Townser was JSU’s only double-figure scorer with 10 points as the Gamecocks connect only only 20 of 67 shots on the night.

Up Next

APSU Governors Basketball is back on the court Saturday, January 9th to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at the Dunn Center. Tip off is at 6:30pm CT.




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