It was a wild and crazy night in the OVC. Here’s a short list of firsts and records from just four games last night:
- UT Martin won their first ever game in Murray against the Racers in 23 tries.
- SEMO hit an Ohio Valley Conference Record 20 3-pointers, breaking an 14-game losing streak in Clarksville.
- EKU won their 23rd game, breaking their school record for most wins in a season.
The only game without a first or record was a 101-100 game in regulation
Last Night’s Scores
Southeast Missouri 108, Austin Peay 81
Recap | I was wondering this week if Austin Peay’s nightmare season could finish any worse. Turns out it can. The Governors allow 20 threes, SEMO to shoot 67% on the night, and score 108 points. Sad thing, if not for a drought late in the final ten minutes, the Redhawks could have scored more.
Morehead State 101, Tennessee State 100
Recap | Down three, Tennessee State misses a three at the end of regulation, (which would be tipped in for two at the buzzer) as TSU is unable to comeback from a double-digit second half deficit. Morehead State shoots 62% from the field in the win.
Eastern Kentucky 69, Tennessee Tech 54
Recap | Tennessee Tech gets a game-high 21 points from Jud Dillard, but can’t overcome 22 turnovers and 12-22 shooting from the charity stripe. EKU wins despite being outrebounded by double-digits.
UT Martin 69, Murray State 68
Recap | An Isaiah Cannan three hits the back of the rim as time expires, giving the Skyhawks a historic win in Murray. The Racers don’t hit a three-pointer in the first half, and lose despite getting 31 points from Canaan, and 19 from Ed Daniel.
Three Point Shot
- Tennessee State’s loss to Morehead State could prove to be costly. Why? Because the Eagles are the 5-seed, and the Tigers the 4-seed. If the Eagles can get past the 8-seed on Wednesday, it sets up a rematch on Thursday. The Eagles have won both matchups this season, although both have been close.
- Murray State has to be considered a threat in the OVC tournament, if only because they only need two wins. We’ve seen them string together two good wins back-to-back this season.(at home against Belmont and Tennessee State) But that being said, it’s almost as likely this team falls behind by 15 in the first half of the semis.
- Allow me to be the first to pump the breaks on the Redhawks. Sure, they can score. We’ve known that all year. The problem is their defense, which has been bad against solid teams. They get a big win tonight. But the Redhawks have for the most part taken care of business this year against the lower teams in the conference. They haven’t beaten a team ahead of them, and expecting their shooting the hold out for four straight games next week is a lot to ask for.
Co-Player of the Night: Mike Liabo, UT Martin. 20 points on 6-11 shooting, in a game the Skyhawks needed to win that no one thought they were going to win. Add in a perfect night from the line, and just two turnovers, and he had one of his best nights of his career.
Co-Player of the Night: Corey Wilford, Southeast Missouri. Wilford has eight of SEMO’s 20 made three’s, hitting those on just 12 attempts. Yeah, that’s pretty good.
Player of the Night in a Loss: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State. He really did his part, and hit huge three after huge three to keep the Racers in the game in the second half, finishing with 31 points, his second 30+ point game in the past three games.
Unsung Hero: Lucas Nutt, Southeast Missouri. This almost defies belief. Nutt played 29 minutes. Out of SEMO’s 108 points, how many did he score? Zero. None. Nadda. But he had a game high 9 assists, of the Redhawks 31 for the game.
Team Trending Upwards: UT Martin. They’re one win away from making the OVC Tournament, and should have all the momentum in the world. They just need to avoid a major letdown against an Austin Peay on the Governors senior night.
Team Trending Downwards: Tennessee State. Another home loss looks like trouble for the Tigers, as their defense was gashed against the Eagles. They were also outrebounded, and were unable to take advantage of Morehead State’s 20 turnovers, and 29 personal fouls.