GAME NOTES: The regular season comes to a close tonight in Clarksville, as the Governors of Austin Peay are set to host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in an Ohio Valley Conference bout at the Dunn Center.
SEMO has fallen upon hard times as of late, as the Redhawks have dropped three straight contests and five of their last seven overall. The squad was handed a 69-59 verdict on Thursday night against Jacksonville State, falling to an even 14-14 overall on the season and 9-6 in conference play.
As for Austin Peay, the Governors would love to take a little more momentum into the OVC Tournament, which the squad has clinched a place in for the 28th consecutive season. The Governors have won two straight to rebound from a recent five-game skid, but come into this meeting with a lackluster 11-19 overall ledger. Still, APSU owns a 7-8 mark in league play, and found itself on the winning end of an 85-67 final at UT Martin on Thursday evening.
APSU leads, 31-16, in terms of the all-time series between the two rivals.
The Redhawks' 59-point output matched a season-low in the 10-point loss to Jacksonville State, a contest during which SEMO hit just 33.9 percent of its attempts from the floor. The Redhawks sunk a meager 4-of-15 from beyond the arc as well during the meeting, and also put forth a somewhat lackluster 17- for-24 effort at the foul line. SEMO held JSU to an underwhelming 39.1 percent clip during the meeting, but also sent the Gamecocks to the foul line 46 times during the meeting, accounting for 31 points. Tyler Stone scored 16 points and collected eight rebounds to lead the way for SEMO, while Michael Porter checked in from off the bench to net 13 points. SEMO's even slate on the 2011-12 season comes as little surprise considering that the club nets 70.9 points per game while yielding 70.0 ppg to the opposition. Still, the Redhawks are shooting at a 47.8 percent pace that includes a moderate 37.1 percent mark from long range, and the squad has kept opponents in check to the tune of 43.4 percent from the field. Stone, with 14.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, currently leads the way for SEMO on the season, with Marland Smith joining him in double figures with 12.4 ppg. Leon Powell has also achieved a double-digit scoring mark (10.7 ppg), and has been responsible for 6.9 rpg in addition to logging 36 blocks on the year.
The Governors had five players score in double figures in the 18-point win over UT Martin, a contest that saw APSU shoot at an impressive 55.6 percent from the field. Herdie Lawrence scored 19 points to lead the way for APSU, while John Fraley netted 16 points and collected seven rebounds. Josh Terry notched 15 points as well, while Justin Blake and Chris Freeman logged 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. The Governors held UT Martin to just 44.2 percent from the field during the meeting and forced a game-high 15 giveaways, in addition to edging out a victory in the battle of the boards by a 33-30 margin. APSU has allowed its opponents to net 73.0 ppg up to this point in the season, a tally that especially stands out considering the Governors own 69.3 ppg mark. The club is shooting at an underwhelming 44.1 percent from the floor, and has struggled from both beyond the arc (31.1 percent) as well as at the foul line (67.2 percent), but does own a slight edge in the turnover margin (15.1 - 14.6) in addition to boasting four players with a double-digit scoring average. The duo of Terry and Fraley lead the way (12.3 ppg), followed by TyShwan Edmondson and his 12.1 ppg mark. Fraley has also been responsible for a team-leading 8.9 rpg, while Melvin Baker checks in with 11.9 points to go with 6.1 boards per contest.
APSU might be in a bit of a too-little, too-late scenario considering its play as of late. However, the Governors still have the OVC Tournament to play for, and will bring plenty of intensity against the Redhawks, especially at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Austin Peay 83, SE Missouri State 73
02/25 11:00:43 ET
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