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So don’t look now, but SEMO and Eastern Illinois are quietly racking up quality wins as non-conference play begins to draw to a close.

And Austin Peay did not find what they were looking for in Memphis. Not that anyone really expected them too.

Here’s tonight’s Final Word:

[Austin Peay 60, Memphis 91] In the good column for the Governors, they did turn the ball over less than Memphis. Everything else falls into the bad column. And here’s the problem I’m having with the Governors: Tyshwan Edmondson went 1-6 from the floor in another terrible shooting night.  He’s supposed to be this team’s leader, ever more so now that John Fraley is injured, but he’s gone quiet more than he’s shown up. Yes, I know the Governors have played the schedule from Hades. But where is the production we saw last season, when he was one of the most feared guards in the league?

[Stony Brook 69, Eastern Illinois 72] Look who’s 5-2, and undefeated at home. And in case you missed it in today’s first word, the Panthers were missing James Hollowell in this one. Jeremy Granger puts up a game high 25 points, as the Panthers get the win despite being out shot by 13. Stony Brook hit 7 of 29 from three point range, including a 4-13 performance from Bryan Dougher. (At what point do you stop shooting 3’s and try something else) In a rare twist, Mike Miller didn’t play the entire bench; instead only 8 players had significant minutes.

[Cal State Fullerton 79, SIU Edwardsville 57] The Cougars finally went cold from behind the arc. The Titans…not so much. CS Fullerton hits 50% from the field, 10-21 from 3-point range, and cruise to the 22 point win. I’m still not certain where consistent scoring comes from for the Cougars, although Mark Yelovich had another solid game with 14 points, but on 5-15 shooting.

[Tennessee Tech 67, Duquesne 77] Only 6 points come off the Dukes bench, but the starters shoot over 50% from the field in the win. Kevin Murphy led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18, but shot 7-20 from the field. Jud Dillard added a more efficient 14, as did Zach Bailey off the bench. I still feel like Tennessee Tech is kind of a one trick pony: They’re a good interior team that needs to get more from their guards. Zac Swansey didn’t show up much in the scoring column, but did dish out 7 assists.

[Ball State 71, UT Martin 48] Full Recap This was a mess. With Mike Liabo out, the Skyhawks had no one to turn to on offense. They played solid defense for the first 20 minutes, but everything fell apart in the second half, on both sides of the ball. Injuries are taking their toll, but someone has to step up. On that note, Troy King played better than I’ve seen him play in awhile.

[Brescia 43, Eastern Kentucky 107] Nothing cures all wounds like an easy opponent. Or finally playing your first home game of the season in the 2nd month.

[Southeast Louisiana 61, SEMO 63 OT] I’m not sure whether I deserve this for my quip on twitter about the internet at the Show Me Center of for just deciding not to go to Cape Girardeau tonight. Of course, I miss the best game of the night, as the Redhawks get another quality win against the Lions. And Leon Powell finally played more than 25 minutes in a game. In fact, he played 35 with only 3 fouls. But it was Tyler Stone with the big night for the Redhawks, scoring 18 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. The Lions featured another candidate for the “Stop me before I shoot again” award tonight, as Brandon Fortenberry shot 4-16 from the field.

  1. Josh Perigo:
    Hear ya about AP and Edmonson. He is becoming the "o" word: overrated
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24