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Stillwater, OK – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team weathered an impressive start by Oklahoma State before mounting a second-half comeback that brought the Governors to within eight points late in the second half before ultimately 79-63 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Wednesday.
Oklahoma State (6-1) came out hot from beyond the arc, hitting nine first-half threes, including five in the first eight minutes.
That allowed the Cowboys to seize control heading into the break, despite a solid first-half effort from Terry Taylor (nine points).
The second half, the Governors ramped up the defense, to impressive dividends. Pressing off made baskets, Austin Peay hassled the Cowboys into 13 second-half turnovers, curbing Oklahoma State’s three-point shooting (2-of-6) and creating chances for easy buckets.
After Oklahoma State’s first bucket of the second half pushed the deficit to 22 points, the Govs reeled off a 25-11 run over the ensuing 9:27 to get back in the game in a true team effort—five Govs scored at least four points during this stretch, with junior Steve Harris netting all six of his to help the Govs get back in the contest.
The deficit would remain largely in single digits until the last four minutes, when a 10-5 Oklahoma State run put the game out of reach for Austin Peay.
Coming into the contest, the Governors were averaging 41.8 ppg from their reserves over the previous four games but it was the Oklahoma State bench that broke out Wednesday night. The Cowboys outscored Austin Peay’s reserves 43-6, with Jeffrey Carroll (17 points) and Thomas Dziagwa (11) in double figures.
Austin Peay led for 44 seconds in this contest. Not impressed? In Oklahoma State’s first four home games—against Pepperdine, Charlotte, Oral Roberts and Houston Baptist—the Cowboys trailed for 1:39 total.
With 19 points, Dayton Gumm is averaging 21.0 ppg since joining the starting lineup. He now has three of the four best scoring marks for the Govs this season.
Oklahoma State came out firing, hitting nine first-half threes—the Govs had only given up nine threes in a single game once in 2017-18, at Vanderbilt in the season opener. The Cowboys finished with 11 makes from beyond the arc.
Senior Tre’ Ivory finished with a game-high six assists—he’s averaging 4.4 helpers over the last five games. He also pulled in a career-best five rebounds and added a team-high two steals to fill the stat sheet.
Austin Peay’s 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) mark from the free-throw line was a season-best.
Oklahoma State’s five steals were the fewest by an Austin Peay opponent in 2017-18.
Taylor recorded Austin Peay’s first double-double against a high-major opponent since Chris Horton had 14 points, 10 boards against Kansas in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. His eight offensive boards equaled a team season-high.
Coaching Quotables with Head Coach Matt Figger
On full court pressure
On the fight his team showed
On outscoring OSU in the second half
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