FACTS & STATS: Site: Vines Center (8,085) -- Lynchburg, Virginia.
Television: None. Home Record: APSU 4-7, Liberty 7-6. Away Record: APSU 2-11,
Liberty 2-11. Neutral Record: APSU 1-3, Liberty 0-2. Conference Record: APSU
3-11, Liberty 5-9. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In a BracketBusters clash, the Austin Peay Governors and the
Liberty Flames will square off for the first time ever, Saturday afternoon at
the Vines Center.
Austin Peay is coming off a 91-53 loss to Eastern Kentucky. The loss ended a
brief two-game win streak and was the ninth loss in the last 11 games for the
Governors. After this matchup they will head home to host a pair of games to
close out the season as they will not qualify for the OVC Tournament.
The Flames most recently took a loss to Longwood in an extremely high-scoring
bout, 102-101. It was their second consecutive loss and third in the last four
games for Liberty which is 9-19 overall and 5-9 in the Big South. This is the
first of a two-game homestand for Liberty before heading to Radford to close
out the regular season.
Travis Betran scored 13 points and was the only Governor to score in double
figures in the loss to EKU. Austin Peay shot just 36.7 percent from the floor
and had 21 turnovers, while allowing EKU to hit on 58.6 percent of its shots.
Betran is one of two Governors to start all 28 games this season and leads the
squad in scoring with 17.2 ppg, while making good on 43.6 percent of his shots
from 3-point range. Anthony Campbell is the other Governor to start every game
and is second in scoring with 14.4 ppg, while Will Triggs adds 11.9 ppg and
shoots 53.2 percent from the floor. Their offense is solid but defensively is
where the team collapses. Austin Peay allows opponents to shoot over 45.0
percent from the field and score 75.9 ppg, which ranks their scoring defense
amongst the 20 worst in the country.
In the loss to Longwood, both teams shot .500 from the field. Davon Marshall
led the Flames with 31 points after knocking down six 3-pointers and going 11-
of-17 from the field. John Caleb Sanders contributed a huge double-double with
24 points and 10 assists to go with seven rebounds, while Tavares Speaks added
17 points and four steals. Longwood went 31-of-41 from the free-throw line to
earn the edge over the Flames.
Sanders has been the scoring leader for Liberty with 13.5 ppg. Marshall adds
12.8 ppg and Speaks manages 12.6 ppg, while all three players shoots 43.0+
percent from the field, with Marshall knocking down over 40.0 percent of his
3-pointers. Offense has not been the problem for the Flames but defense
certainly has, as the Flames allow over 70.0 ppg.
The Governors have played poorly on the road this season, racking up a 2-11
record in 13 games, while at home is the only place the Flames have been able
to maintain a winning record. With Liberty coming off a huge offensive game
the squad will look to carry that into this matchup and try to finish strong
as the season closes out.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Liberty 67, Austin Peay 65