SIUE men’s basketball scored a season-high 47 second-half points Saturday night, but it proved to be too little too late in an 83-71 loss to Austin Peay in front of 2,436 at Vadalabene Center.
The Cougars dropped to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Austin Peay, which defeated Eastern Illinois Thursday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Governors are 7-20 overall and 3-10 in the OVC.
“That’s the thing about this game. One night you’re on a high, but the next night if you don’t bring that same intensity you’ll be in trouble,” SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said.
Austin Peay jumped on SIUE from the outset and never trailed in the game. The Governors got a three-pointer from Travis Betran with 10:43 to play before halftime to go up by 22 at 28-6.
“Give a lot of credit to Austin Peay, I thought they played well,” Forrester said. “We knew they were a tough team coming in, but I was disappointed with the lack of intensity our guys came out with.”
The Cougars cut the lead to 16 by halftime. A running layup with three seconds remaining in the half by Mark Yelovich made it 40-24 at the break.
The Governors began the second half much like the first, using an 11-1 run to open up a 24-point lead just three minutes into the half.
Yelovich led four SIUE players in double figures scoring. The senior scored 21 points. He led the Cougars with five rebounds. Tim Johnson tied his career high with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Davis (12) and Messer (11) also scored in double figures for SIUE.
Edwardsville natives Anthony Campbell and Will Triggs combined to score 35 of the Governors’ 83 points. Campbell led the Governors and tied with Yelovich for game-high honors with 21 points, including four three-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Triggs scored 14 points. Chris Horton turned in a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Travis Betran scored 17 points.
The Governors connected on 56.6 percent (30-53) of their shots for the game. The Governors shot 60.9 percent (14-23) in the second half. The Cougars hit 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) field goal attempts in the second half and shot 42.1 percent (24-57) for the game. APSU outrebounded SIUE 40-22.
The Cougars, who have three OVC games remaining, finish their home schedule Wednesday night when Tennessee State visits the Vadalabene Center for the first time. Tip time is 7 p.m.
“All we can do now is try to pick the pieces up and move on to Wednesday and see if we can put ourselves in a position to win,” Forrester said.
Recap provided by SIUE Athletics