Austin Peay (13-10 / 8-3 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (10-14 / 4-7 OVC)
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 4:15pm CT
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s basketball looks to begin a road winning streak when the Govs travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to take on Southeast Missouri.
After back-to-back 90-point outings, the Govs defeated UT Martin, 59-57, in Thursday’s contest–their first win when scoring less than 60 points since January 24th, 2015.
Controlling the basketball may be a tall order in this contest. Between the Govs trio of Chris Porter-Bunton, Tre’ Ivory and Dayton Gumm and Southeast Missouri’s Denzel Mahoney, Jonathan Dalton and Daniel Simmons, six of the OVC’s top-15 in steals per game during league play will be in this contest.
Tip-off for Saturday’s contest is slated for 4:15pm (CT) as the second game of a doubleheader. Fans can find live video, free on the OVC Digital Network.
About the Southeast Missouri Redhawks
Since league play began, Southeast Missouri has surrendered a league-worst 79.9 ppg, with opponents hitting 47.9 percent from the floor. The three-point line has been gift and curse for the Redhawks; Southeast Missouri is hitting 37.1 percent from deep as a team in league games and 37.8 percent overall, but have surrendered threes at a 37.2 percent clip.
The Redhawks minus-2.8 rebounding margin doesn’t bode well against the Governors, who bring in a plus-4.4 mark; SEMO’s Denzel Mahoney is the only Redhawk averaging more than 5.0 rebounds per night. The Redhawks one-man wrecking crew leads his squad in rebounding, scoring (19.9 ppg), three-pointers made (49), free-throws made (147) and free-throw percentage (83.1).
Last Time Out Against Southeast Missouri
Freshman Terry Taylor scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to pace Austin Peay to a 76-71 victory at the Dunn Center, January 6th.
Taylor raked in a career-best 14 rebounds, part of a larger effort on the glass that saw Austin Peay outrebound its guest by a plus-21 differential (44-23), its largest single-game advantage against an OVC opponent since electronic record-keeping began in 1999-00.
That resulted in a 24-5 difference in second-chance points, and gave the Govs a 5-1 mark on their season-long six-game homestand, the best record for Austin Peay in a homestand of five or more games since the 1954-55 season.
Keep An Eye On
Austin Peay’s defensive improvement (-14.0 ppg) from 2016-17 to 2017-18 is ranked second only behind Central Michigan’s (-17.3 ppg). The Govs permitted 83.8 ppg a year ago and only 69.8 ppg this season.
Taylor (4.13) and senior Averyl Ugba (3.04) rank sixth and 45th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game, joining Duke duo Marvin Bagley III (4.00) and Wendell Carter Jr. (3.05) as the only pair of teammates averaging 7.0 offensive rebounds or more per contest.
A victory would be Austin Peay’s third-straight at the Show Me Center, its longest road winning streak against the Redhawks since 2008-10.
For reference, the Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference have no players currently averaging more than eight boards a night.
Freshman Dayton Gumm looks to extend his career-long four-game double-digit scoring streak.
A win would give Austin Peay nine conference victories for the first time since 2010-11.
Ugba has back-to-back contests with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds coming into this game. No Gov has recorded three straight 15-15 or better contests since electronic record-keeping began in 1999-00.
A win would make the Govs 2-0 to start February for the first time since 2007-08.
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