Austin Peay (10-19/6-9 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (14-16/9-6 OVC)
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 | 4:15pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team brings the 2016-17 season to a close with a trip to Southeast Missouri for a 4:15pm tipoff, Saturday, in the Show Me Center.
The Govs are hoping to spoil Southeast Missouri’s home finale, Saturday. The Govs seek their second straight win in the Show Me Center and want to send out seniors Kenny Jones, John Murry and Assane Diop on a high note.
About the Southeast Missouri Redhawks
Perennial All-OVC candidate Antonius Cleveland (16.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 55.8 shooting from the floor) and Freshman of the Year candidate Denzel Mahoney (14.0 ppg) have led a revival under Rick Ray in Cape Girardeau; in winning against Murray State Thursday night, the Redhawks earned their first sweep of the Racers in 74 years.
The Redhawks have struggled on the glass similar to Austin Peay (-3.8 rebound margin), but won the battle of the boards in the January 28th meeting, 33-30.
Summing Up the UT Martin Skyhawks
Josh Robinson scored 21 points for the Govs, but Austin Peay faced a decided rebounding disadvantage (45-27) at the Elam Center.
Last Time Out Against Southeast Missouri
All five Govs scored in double figures but Austin Peay’s 32.0 percent shooting mark in the second half and a 47.6 percent clip by the Redhawks over the final 20 minutes saw Southeast Missouri post an 82-71 win in the Dunn Center, January 28th.
Keep An Eye On
Robinson needs just four points against the Redhawks to become the first Governor to average 20 for a season since Drake Reed (2008-09) and the fourth since the turn of the century–each of the previous three (Reed, Nick Stapleton and Trenton Hassell) went on to earn enshrinement in the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 17 of 29 games this season, senior Kenny Jones has shot at least 60 percent from the floor. He ranks fifth (58.8 percent) in the conference in shooting among qualified players.
John Murry (20.0 ppg) and Robinson (19.9) are the only set of teammates among the top-five in scoring during league play, ranking fourth and fifth, respectively.
This matchup features Murry (reigning OVC Player of the Week) squaring off against Freshman of the Week Denzel Mahoney of Southeast Missouri.
Since the start of league play, Jared Savage has seven multi-steal games and ranks second behind only Tennessee State’s Tahjere McCall (1.7 spg). He’s averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.7 spg (second in the league) in OVC play and he needs 12 points in the finale to have a double-figure scoring average for the season.
Southeast Missouri is 10-3 in the Show Me Center this season, with only one loss at home in OVC play (February 4th vs. Morehead State).
APSU Govs Online
Check back at LetsGoPeay.com and on Austin Peay’s Official Athletics Facebook page often for up-to-date news about all Governor athletics, as well as the Governor men’s basketball Twitter page (@AustinPeayMBB). Live stats will be available during the game at PeayStats.com, and all home games and Ohio Valley Conference games can be viewed on www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com
Postgame video interviews and other videos from around APSU Athletics can be found on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/letsgopeay).