On Thursday night, Tennessee Tech was held to 25% shooting from the floor in a loss to Murray State.
Austin Peay did not repeat that feat. They didn’t get close.
Tennessee Tech used 58% shooting in the first half to build a huge lead, and the Golden Eagles never looked back in a 70-52 win over Austin Peay. Jud Dillard leads the way with 25 points for the Golden Eagles.
The Governors never led in the game, falling behind just 17 seconds into the game. The Governors would be down 21 at the break, and never pulled closer than 14 points in the second half. The loss puts Austin Peay alone at the bottom of the conference, the only team remaining after tonight with just one OVC win.
Dennis Ogbe and Anothony Morse scored in double-figures for the Golden Eagles, who coasted despite just nine second half field goals. Tennessee Tech outrebounded Austin Peay 37-26, and only had 11 free-throw attempts in the win. Travis Betran and Anthony Campbell scored 14 for the Governors.
The win for Tennessee Tech keeps them in the hunt for the all-elusive eight seed in the OVC Tournament. They are half a game out of the slot, currently held by the slumping Redhawks. The win was another good defensive performance from TTU, which has held their last two opponents to 40% or worse shooting from the field. Tonight, it was complimented with some offense. Seeing Ogbe and Morse score double figures is a positive for the Golden Eagles, who are searching for more production from their young roster.
This fact comes from Austin Peay Sports Information:
APSU remains winless on Saturdays, standing at 0-9.
That’s really all you need to know, isn’t it? Outside of Austin Peay’s Saturday slump, the Governors are now in some serious trouble of missing the OVC Tournament. Last place, and now two full games out of the final seed, not counting tiebreakers, of which the Govs currently lose to every team likely to be in the mix. That effectively puts the Governors three games out, and unlike the teams in the West, this was their only meeting against TTU.
Things don’t get easier for Austin Peay, who travel to West Division leader and rival Murray State (15-5, 6-2) on Saturday. Tennessee Tech hits the road, traveling to Nashville for a pair of games against Tennessee State (12-10, 6-3) and Belmont. (17-4, 8-0)