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Clarksville, TN – Nobody was happy when Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s basketball team left Martin on Monday night following a buzzer-beating loss to the Skyhawks. But the Govs didn’t have to wait long to exact their revenge and used a stifling defense to take down UT Martin in a 71-50 decision in the Dunn Center, Thursday.
Sophomore Carlos Paez led all scorers with 17 points and helped the APSU Govs move to 12-8 on the season (8-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference). UT Martin falls to 7-12 (5-10).
The party didn’t stop there. After a brief 7-2 jaunt by the Skyhawks, Austin Peay State University ripped off an 11-2 run over the final five minutes to send the teams into their respective locker rooms with the Govs up 37-18.
Terry Taylor, the reigning United States Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week, entered halftime having already procured 14 points and seven rebounds in the rematch against the Skyhawks.
The second half was more of the same; the Govs opened the half on a 23-10 run that pretty much erased any thoughts UT Martin might have been harboring about a comeback. The lead swelled to 34 points in the second half before UT Martin closed the game on a 13-0 run to drag the deficit closer.
Only four Skyhawks made more than one shot from the floor in this game, and two of those hit their second shots in the game’s final minutes with the Govs deep into their bench. The Governors simply didn’t let anyone on UT Martin get good looks for the entire 40 minutes.
The APSU Govs have now won four straight at home against UT Martin.
In their last seven, the Govs are hitting 76.5 percent (88-for-115) at the free-throw line.
Joseph is averaging 15.0 points in two contests against the Skyhawks this week and two of his five career double-digit scoring efforts have now come against UT Martin.
Peake went 5-for-8 from the floor in this one and is hitting 64.6 percent (53-for-82) from the floor over his last 12 games.
Taylor equaled his career-best with three steals.
Taylor passed Western Kentucky’s Taveion Hollingsworth for first on the active career starts list with 120.
Paez is hitting 51.1 percent (24-for-47) from three over his last 12 games and has now made 24 consecutive free-throws dating back to Jan. 2 against Eastern Kentucky after a career-best 8-for-8 showing today. He’s also sporting a robust 6.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in his last five games.
After hitting 9-for-18 from deep against the Skyhawks, the APSU Govs are at a 40.0 percent (78-for-195) clip over the last nine games, hitting 8.7 per night.
Sophomore Corbin Merritt made his first start as a Gov, registering two points and three rebounds in a career-high 17 minutes. The Merritt-Taylor-Paez-Joseph-Jordyn Adams quintet was the seventh different starting lineup combination deployed by the Govs this season.
The APSU Govs have hassled their opponents into 10 or more turnovers in 24 straight games dating back to last season.
To that end, the Govs are averaging 18.7 points per game off opponent turnovers over their last six, including 20 Thursday afternoon.
Milestone Watch—Career: Carlos Paez became the 22nd player in school history with 200 career assists.
Coaching Quotables with head coach APSU Matt Figger
On the win
Next Up For APSU Men’s Basketball
The Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team begins back-to-back meetings with Southeast Missouri when they tip it up 5:00pm, Saturday, February 13th in the Dunn Center against the Redhawks.
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