Austin Peay (3-3) at Youngstown State (6-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beeghly Center (6,500) -- Youngstown, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: APSU 2-0, YSU 3-0. Away Record: APSU 0-2, YSU 1-2. Neutral Record: APSU 1-1, YSU 2-0. Conference Record: APSU 0-0, YSU 0-0. Series Record: Youngstown State leads, 8-7.
GAME NOTES: The Youngstown State Penguins and Austin Peay Governors will clash on Saturday evening, in non-conference action from the Beeghly Center.
Jerry Slocum's Penguins are off to a strong start to the 2013-14 season, with wins in six of their first eight games. One of those setbacks however, came in the team's last outing, an 83-79 setback on the road against Kent State.
Dave Loos' Governors have struggled with consistency in the early going, at least in terms of wins and losses. Austin Peay enters this game at 3-3 overall and evened its record up with a 78-72 victory at the Central Michigan Tournament last weekend, after losing in the first two rounds of the event.
The Penguins hold a narrow 8-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Governors, but Austin Peay has closed the gap considerably with wins in each of the last five meetings.
Thanks to an even 50 percent shooting from the floor against Montana State, the Governors were able to leave Mount Pleasant with at least one victory last weekend. Chris Horton led the charge for APSU with a near double-double, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds. Zavion Williams netted 21 points in 28 minutes of work off the bench, while Demarius Smith posted 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the victory.
The offensive eruption against Montana State isn't anything new for Austin Peay this season, as the team comes in averaging 75.8 ppg on a strong .474 shooting. Where the team has shortcomings is on the defensive end, as opponents have put up 79.3 ppg, while outrebounding the Governors by almost five caroms per game. Will Triggs leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg. Horton (11.8 ppg) and Smith (10.5 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers, while Travis Betran (9.8 ppg) and Williams (9.5 ppg) are eager to join the group.
The Penguins found themselves down by 12 points at the half and battled back to make a game of it, but couldn't get over the hump and fell to Kent State on the road by four points. The loss spoiled an offensive eruption from Kamren Belin, who went 7-of-14 from the floor and 14-of-15 form the free-throw line to tally a game-high 32 points. Kendrick Perry netted 15 points and Ryan Weber finished with 10 in the loss.
The Penguins are a strong offensive team, coming into this contest averaging 83.0 ppg, on .447 shooting. Scoring depth comes in the form of five double- digit averages, led by Perry's 17.0 ppg. Not only a scoring threat, Perry is also tops on the team in assists (4.4 apg). Belin is next in terms of scoring at 13.6 ppg), followed by Bobby Hain (11.0 ppg), Weber (10.8 ppg) and Marcus Keene (10.0 ppg).
Both teams have shown the ability to score this season. The Penguins will have the advantage though, with this game coming at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 75, Austin Peay 68
11/30 10:37:10 ET