If nothing else, Austin Peay sure has a flair for the dramatic.
After blowing a 21-point lead, Austin Peay gets a buzzer-beater from Travis Betran, as the Governors win their first OVC game of the season, 84-81 over Morehead State. The win snaps an eight game losing streak for the Governors, their longest since opening the 2011-12 season at o-9.
Austin Peay took a 19-point lead into a break, until a 7-0 mini run by Morehead State cut the lead to twelve with 15:38 remaining. After trading layups and threes on subsequent possessions, a steal by Milton Chavis led to a run out, pulling the Eagles within single digits. From there, the Governors saw their lead shrink slowly, until the Eagles completed the comeback on a dunk by Chad Posthumus with 3:33 to go. On the ensuing possession, Chris Horton would put back a miss by Anthony Campbell, putting Austin Peay back on top.
Despite not hitting a field goal since the 3:33 mark, Morehead State would be down just one with :36 remaining after a pair of free throws by Angelo Warner. On Austin Peay’s next possession, Chavis would get the steal, but as happens often to the Eagles, they would turn it immediately back over. The Eagles were forced to foul Will Triggs with :11 remaining, who would make just one of two shots at the line. On the final possession of regulation, Bakari Turner would miss a jumper, but a putback by Drew Kelly sent the game into overtime.
The Governors never trailed in the overtime period, although Morehead State would tie the game on three occasions, the last being on a layup by Taariq Muhammad with :28 seconds remaining. After a thirty second timeout, Betran would hit the game winner, leaving Morehead State without a road win on the year.
It’s great for Austin Peay to finally get into the win column in OVC play, but their play late in recent games is rather troubling. Austin Peay hasn’t been able to hold second half leads for quite awhile now, and they’re fortunate that it didn’t lead to another loss tonight.
In many ways, this was a typical Morehead State game. A lot of fouls by the Eagles gave the Governors an advantage at the free throw line, and while Morehead State forced 17 turnovers, they turned the ball over 17 times themselves. Posthumus has really emerged as of late as a real interior threat for the Eagles, who earned a double-double in just 19 minutes of play.
It’s all about the rivalries on Saturday. Morehead State travels to rival Eastern Kentucky (13-3, 3-0) while Austin Peay hosts rival Murray State (11-4, 2-1)