OVC Ball Statbox
|11-15 (4-7 OVC)|
|12-12 (6-5 OVC)|
|23/46 (50.0%)||Field Goals||26/58 (44.8%)|
|7/14 (50.0%)||3-Point FG||7/22 (31.8%)|
|23/30 (76.7%)||Free Throws||14/18 (77.8%)|
|30 (8/22)||Rebounds (O/D)||31 (12/19)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||15|
|16||Points off TO||11|
|30||Pts in the Paint||32|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Austin Peay offense
Murray State offense
What happened: Rivalry? Can we say rivalry happened?
Murray State led by seven with under three minutes to play, and led by two possessions in the final minute, but couldn’t hold on to either, falling at home against Austin Peay 76-73.
Down four, Austin Peay guard Zach Glotta hit a three to cut the deficit to one with 27 seconds remaining. Murray State turned the ball over three times in the final 40 seconds, allowing the Govs to win for the first time in 10 games against the Racers.
Chris Horton added another double-double to his belt, finishing with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Josh Robinson added 21 points of his own for Austin Peay.
Racers senior Jeffery Moss scored 27 in the loss.
What it means: As much as I’d love to say it’s game on for the eight-seed, last night’s results didn’t help the Governors a whole lot. Austin Peay remains one game back of Eastern Kentucky for the final spot in the OVC Tournament, and in a tie with Jacksonville State for the ninth spot.
Realistically, it’s more like two games back of the Colonels: EKU holds the head-to-head tiebreaker. AP holds the same tiebreaker over JSU.
It’s great to see Austin Peay get back into the win column for the rivalry’s sake. Murray had dominated in recent years, and the game had lost a little of it’s luster. Something tells me the game in two weeks in Clarksville will get some of it back.
Player of the night: Both nominees have been mentioned already. Horton led the was with 29 points, but Robinson hit 11-12 from the free-throw line (where the Governors had a huge advantage) including two late free-throws that helped the Governors make their game-winning run.
What’s next: In all likelihood, Austin Peay needs to leapfrog one of the teams above them in the West Division if they want to make it to the OVC Tournament. Their next three games — all three teams ahead of them in the division, including a rematch with the Racers.
Murray is now a full game behind the Panthers in the West, and tied with the Skyhawks in the loss column. The Racers have a game left against them both, and, if they win in Charleston, would earn a season sweep of the Panthers. That would give them virtually any tie-breaker (two-way or three-way) against EIU. That game is now a “must-win” for the Racers to get the double-bye.
It’s also, now, highly unlikely that the second-place finisher in the West gets a single-bye. Only EIU is within a game of Tennessee State, the current four-seed holder, and EIU losing the West would mean at least one more loss. Simply put, it’s either win the West Division for Murray, UTM, or EIU — or you’re playing on the OVC Tournament’s opening day.
Player of the night: Moss scored a team-high 27 points of 8-13 shooting, and was one of only two Racers (the other being Gee McGhee) to hit double figures.
What’s next: Five games left — against all five teams in the West, starting with SIUE and SEMO.