OVC Ball Statbox
|0-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-0 (0-0 CUSA)|
|23/52 (44.2%)||Field Goals||23/53 (43.4%)|
|6/12 (50.0%)||3-Point FG||9/21 (42.9%)|
|18/30 (60.0%)||Free Throws||22/35 (62.9%)|
|33 (9/24)||Rebounds (O/D)||35 (10/25)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Austin Peay offense
Western Kentucky offense
|Points:||Horton (15)||Price (22)|
|Rebounds:||Three tied with 6||Fant, Johnson (5)|
|Assists:||Davis (4)||Price (4)|
|Steals:||Three tied with 1||Jackson (2)|
Sometimes, you run into a guy with a hot hand.
Western Kentucky’s T.J. Price shot a perfect 4-4 from three-point range on his way to game high 22-points, as the Hilltoppers edged Austin Peay 77-70 in both team’s season opener. The Governors had no answer defensively for the preseason all-Conference USA selection, who even saw his minutes limited by early foul trouble.
Austin Peay got off to a quick start — jumping out to a six-point lead in the game’s first three minutes. But WKU hit five of their first six three-point attempts, pulling out to a nine-point first half lead. But with 10:26 to play in the half, Price was charged with his second foul, and didn’t see the floor the rest of the half.
Initially, the Governors were able to take advantage, with two three’s in the next three possessions by Tre Ivory and Josh Robinson pulling Austin Peay within two. The run would stretch to 10 unanswered, after a layup by Zavion Williams and a free-throw by Chris Horton, putting Austin Peay on top.
It was the last lead they’d see.
WKU would respond with both Price and George Fant on the bench with foul trouble, rattling off a 13-2 run to take a 10-point lead.
The Governors would rally early in the second-half, with a Chris Freeman layup tying the game at 47 with 14 minutes remaining. The Hilltoppers lead was four with 9:17 remaining when Price went on a mini-run on his own, hitting a wide open three, and then driving the lane for layup on back-to-back possessions.
Austin Peay would be within a bucket twice more — but struggled with turnovers in key possessions down the stretch.
Chris Freeman had a solid night for the Governors, scoring 13 points on 6-9 shooting. Horton led the Govs with 15 points — but shot less than 50% from both the field, and the free-throw line. As was the case in Austin Peay’s exhibitions, the charity stripe was none too charitable, as Austin Peay hit just 18-30 (60%) from the stripe.
The Governors were 6-12 from three-point range — but only had four second half attempts.
Austin Peay returns to action tomorrow, when they host NAIA Berea at 3 p.m.