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APSU Governors Basketball edged out by Belmont, 82-77
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 6:28 pm In Sports | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team took the preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite down to the wire to open OVC play, dropping an 82-77 decision to Belmont at the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay led for much of the first half on the strength of Kenny Jones ‘ inside presence and the outside shooting of Jared Savage  and Josh Robinson ; Jones posted 10 points and seven boards in the first half, while Robinson and Savage combined combined for half (16) of the Governors 32 first-half points.
But a late Belmont run and Governor scoring drought made it 40-32 at the break and the Bruins pushed that lead out to 13 early in the second half before the Governors began to chip away at it.
An 11-5 run midway through the half—thanks to seven points from Robinson—cut the deficit to five and a later 10-3 run cut it to four with under a minute to go.
After the teams traded points on an Austin Luke lay-up and free-throws from Jones, Belmont’s Evan Bradds missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity and Robinson got a look at three-pointer that rolled off the rim.
Belmont’s Taylor Barnette, who led all scorers with 28 points, hit four free-throws to seal the game, the final two coming after a Robinson three-pointer—the final of points of his 27-point outing—with 1.8 seconds to go had cut the deficit to three.
Belmont’s bench, led by Nick Smith (11 points), outscored Austin Peay’s reserves 18-0—the first time Austin Peay’s bench has been shut out since November 19th at Miami.
Head Coach Dave Loos
“I thought we were better defensively, although we still had a couple of lapses that really hurt us. They were shooting 78 percent early in the second half, which really hurt us. But the effort was better; it was a winnable game.”
“I thought we moved the ball and a number of guys contribute, which was a good sign.”
On Belmont’s second-chance opportunities
“I think Belmont is a team we should out-rebound and they got a number of second-chance opportunities. We talked about that at halftime but weren’t able to conquer it.”
Austin Peay takes its first road trip of the conference schedule next week, beginning with a Thursday, January 5th venture to Cookeville to take on Tennessee Tech.
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