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1st 2nd Final
Austin Peay 35 42 77
10-15 (3-7 OVC)
UT Martin 34 52 86
12-12 (4-5 OVC)

Team Statistics

APSU UTM
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
20 Assists 17
13 Turnovers 16
14 Points off TO 19
28 Pts in the Paint 24
2 Fastbreak Pts 22
14 Bench Pts 20

Tempo Tracker (Possessions)

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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.

 

Austin Peay Logo NewWhat 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.

 

UTM UT Martin Skyhawks LogoWhat 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


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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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