OVC Ball Statbox
|10-15 (3-7 OVC)|
|12-12 (4-5 OVC)|
|26/57 (45.6%)||Field Goals||26/55 (47.3%)|
|12/34 (35.3%)||3-Point FG||11/19 (57.9%)|
|13/20 (65.0%)||Free Throws||23/30 (76.7%)|
|28 (8/20)||Rebounds (O/D)||40 (13/27)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||7|
|14||Points off TO||19|
|28||Pts in the Paint||24|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Austin Peay offense
UT Martin offense
What happened: Four Skyhawks score 17 or more points — part of a UT Martin second-half explosion in an win at home against Austin Peay. Jacolby Mobley led the way for 20 points off perfect 5-5 shooting, (4-4 from three-point range) as Myles Taylor added 19, Twymond Howard added 17, as did Alex Anderson.
Despite a double-digit rebounding effort from Chris Horton, (pictured above) the Governors were outrebounded by 12 — and allowed UTM offensive rebounds on nearly 40% of their misses. Kedar Edwards had 8 of the Skyhawks 13 offensive boards, and a game-high 15 rebounds overall.
Four Governors scored in double-digits, including Kenny Jones 16 point night on 7-8 shooting.
Austin Peay jumped out to a nine-point lead in the game’s first eight minutes, and had a one-point lead at halftime before UT Martin’s 52 points second frame.
What it means: Seven losses in your first ten conference games does not an OVC Tournament team make. The path for the Governors now is quite challenging: recent history tells us you need to get to 7-9, or at worst 6-10 to get into the top-8. A 3-3 to finish the year gets Austin Peay to six wins, but that’s far from a lock. 4-2 puts them in a much better position.
But can the Governors get three or four more wins? They entered today’s games with the second-worst eFG% defense, and that number will drop even further after allowing UTM to shoot 47.3% from the field and 57.9% from three-point range. The defense continues to lead the league in forced turnovers, but getting just 14 points off 16 turnovers (especially when the Skyhawks get five more points off three fewer turnovers) mitigates the impact.
Player of the game: I can’t decide, so I’ll go with both Horton and Jones. Horton had a double-double, plus six assists, but Jones was a more efficient 7-8 from the field, and pulled down seven rebounds of his own, plus five assists.
What’s next: It’s not a ‘must win,’ but the Governors could sure use a victory over their rival Racers on Saturday in Murray.
What it means: It’s all about making the OVC Tournament at this point, and the Skyhawks keep themselves in the discussion — and ahead of EKU for eighth. Even more importantly, they’re just a game behind Murray State and EIU in the loss column for the division lead, and that all-important double-bye. Both teams are still on the Skyhawks schedule.
UT Martin’s shooting over the two halves is a microcosm of the Skyhawks offense this season. The Skyhawks were 4-17 on two-point field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes, (thankfully they were 6-9 from three) but then hit 11-19 from inside the arc in the second half.
Player of the game: Mobley, hands down. 20 points off just five shots. Five!
What’s next: On the road to UT Martin, before a rematch with the Racers