It’s a good thing for the Skyhawks they had the 8-seed wrapped up before tip off tonight. Because they were done from the word go. Austin Peay puts on one of the most impressive wins of the season, finishing the year 8-23, and 4-12 in the conference. UT Martin wins a three-way tie for eighth, and will play in next week’s OVC Tournament.
|FG (%)||19-69 (27.5%)||30-53 (56.6%)|
|3FG (%)||4-20 (20.0%)||2-13 (15.4%)|
|FT (%)||16-25 (64.0%)||29-38 (76.3%)|
|REB (O/D)||35 (17/18)||46 (8/38)|
|POINTS:||Justin Childs - 20||Will Triggs - 21|
|REBOUNDS:||Justin Childs - 7||Will Triggs, Chris Horton - 7|
|ASSISTS:||Four Tied With 1||Jerome Clyburn - 7|
Recap Provided By Austin Peay Athletics
Austin Peay State University took out a season’s worth of frustration on UT Martin, Saturday, leading from start to finish in a 91-58 pounding of the Skyhawks in Ohio Valley Conference action played in the Dunn Center.
The victory allowed the Governors to end the season with an 8-23 record, 4-12 in the OVC, and sent out with a win seniors Anthony Campbell and Jerome Clyburn, who persevered through injuries during their respective careers.
Meanwhile, UT Martin, the eighth seed in the upcoming OVC tournament, will enter with a 9-20 record while finishing league play at 5-11.
The Governors jumped out to a 16-0 lead-with Will Triggs scoring seven and Chris Horton four while UTM missed their first 14 shots-and were never threatened the entire contest. In fact, after APSU’s opening-game spurt, UT Martin never got closer than 12 points the game’s remainder. With Triggs scoring 10 first-half points and Horton 10, the Govs led 42-21 at halftime.
In addition to their slow start, the Skyhawks had to play much of the game without center/forward Myles Taylor, who limped off the floor with a right leg injury after missing a dunk with 13:55 left in the half.
In the second half, UTM could close the deficit to 17 before the Governors methodically stretched it to 30. In the final half it was sophomore forward Chris Freeman scoring 12 of his 14 points while Campbell had 11 of his 14.
Triggs led all scorers with 21 total points, going 8-of-12 on the season, in helping his former high school teammate Campbell go out with a victory. In addition to Triggs, Campbell and Freeman reaching double figures, a pair of freshman, Horton and Preston Herring ended with 10. Horton, meanwhile, blocked seven shots for the fourth time this season and became only the fourth player in OVC history to record 100 or more single-season blocks.
Clyburn, for his part, finished with seven assists-tying his season high.
Justin Childs led UTM with 20 points while Mike Liabo added 10. The Skyhawks, who were an atrocious 8 of 39 from the floor (20.5 percent) in the first half, finished the night only 19 of 69 (27.5 percent) from the floor. The Governors, meanwhile, shot better than 50 percent from the floor in both halves, finishing at 30 of 53 (56.6 percent) from the floor.
What’s Being Said
This performance was there two months ago. Just…by the team Austin Peay was playing…
2nd half is underway with APSU up 42-21 on UTM. And yes, I already heard the inevitable “Where was this 2 months ago?” comment from a fan.
— Luke Thompson (@LC_LukeT) March 3, 2013