Austin Peay used a big second half to push past Brown in the Las Vegas Invitational. A few quick thoughts from the game:
Two-man game: Chris Freeman and Ed Dyson combined for 38 points as the Governors shot better than 50% from the field for the game. Freeman leads the Governors in scoring, and entered today’s game shooting 60% from the field on the year. Freeman was 10-12 from the field for the game. Dyson 7-12.
Letting ’em play: The two teams combined for just 28 fouls, and as a result had a combined 21 free-throw attempts. For comparison purposes: Morehead State had 26 fouls by themselves last night. Each of the past two seasons, Austin Peay had committed the fewest fouls per game in the OVC. That being said, Austin Peay had a rare off night at the free-throw line, hitting just 6-11. (54.5%)
The Big One: After multiple ties and lead changes throughout the first half, Austin Peay scored 22 unanswered in the middle of the second half to put Brown away. The Bears were held to just 20 points in the entire final 20 minutes.
Crashing the Boards: Austin Peay won the battle on the glass 40-28, but what’s especially impressive is how Austin Peay kept Brown to one chance. The Bears totaled just four offensive rebounds of of 32 missed shots. Austin Peay had nine offensive rebounds in the win.
Hold onto the ball: Both teams were a bit sloppy, combining for 38 turnovers. (21 for Brown, 17 for the Governors) Khalil Davis had an especially tough game, turning the ball over five times.