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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: E.A. Diddle Arena ( 7,326) -- Bowling Green, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: APSU 1-0, WKU 0-0. Away Record: APSU 0-0, WKU 0-1. Neutral Record: APSU 0-0, WKU 0-0. Conference Record: APSU 0-0, WKU 0-0. Series Record: Western Kentucky leads, 37-14.
GAME NOTES: The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are back in Bowling Green for their home opener as they welcome the Austin Peay Governors to E.A. Diddle Arena for a non-conference affair.
The Governors come in after their season-opening 75-64 triumph over Samford last Friday. Austin Peay made 53.8 percent of its field goal attempts and went 9-of-20 from beyond the arc in the contest. The game was never in doubt as APSU held the lead for just under 38 minutes. Dave Loos has been the head coach of the Governors since 1990 and he has more Ohio Valley Conference wins than any other coach in league history.
WKU came up just short in its opener as it suffered a 67-64 loss in overtime to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Hilltoppers held USM without a made field goal for the final 4:57 of regulation, and the entire overtime period, but the Golden Eagles made 9-of-11 from the charity stripe in the extra session to secure the win. Coach Ray Harper enters tonight's game with a 353-72 overall career record and an 11-9 mark at WKU, which includes his run to the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the 52nd meeting between these two programs. WKU holds a 37-14 edge in the all-time series after earning an 83-54 decision on Nov. 18, 2005 in the most recent meeting.
Austin Peay is already improved at the defensive end thanks in large part to freshman center Chris Horton. The Georgia native blocked three shots in his collegiate debut and altered a few more. Will Triggs paced the Governors with 15 points and he also added seven rebounds. Anthony Campbell and Travis Freeman netted 13 points each while A.J. Lynch managed the offense and dished out five assists. Off the bench, sophomore Chris Freeman notched a double- double consisting of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
In Western Kentucky's loss to the Golden Eagles, senior Jamal Crook led the team with a game-high 17 points while sophomore Kevin Kaspar set a career-high with four makes from three-point range on his way to 13 points. George Fant added ten points. Crook also registered three steals at the other end of the floor. T.J. Price's rebounding ability is a major asset for the Hilltoppers, but he must improve his efficiency after finishing a dismal 1-of-12 from the field in the season opener.
Although the Govs are coming off a win, they will find their second opponent to be much more difficult. The Hilltoppers took a talented Southern Miss team to the brink in Hattiesburg in their opener. WKU will come out with intensity to erase the recent loss from its memory bank.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Kentucky 68, Austin Peay 63
11/13 10:35:57 ET
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