Austin Peay Governors vs. UT Martin Skyhawks
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 | 4:00pm CT
Martin, TN | Elam Center
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team travel to Martin Tennessee Saturday needing a win against the UT Martin Skyhawks to keep any playoff hopes alive.
For Austin Peay to grab the eighth and final Ohio Valley Conference tournament spot they need help.
First, the Governors must defeat UT Martin, Saturday. Then they must hope SIU Edwardsville defeats current eighth seed Eastern Illinois.
That game will start one hour (5:00pm) later than the Govs-UTM contest.
Austin Peay Governors
The Governors enter the contest with a 5-10 OVC mark, but just 1-6 on the road during league play. UT Martin is 3-12 in OVC play, winning two of the three games at home.
The Govs enter the contest amidst a four-game losing streak. APSU is 11-18 on the season and 5-10 in the OVC after a 83-80 loss, Thursday night, as an improbable rally in the final minute came up short.
Senior guard Travis Betran scored a season-high 28 points while Ed Dyson added 20 in the loss to SEMO. Betran has scored 20 points or more in four of the last five weeks.
Ed Dyson first 20-point game came in early February against TSU. He now has three 20-point outings.
Since February 1st, Will Triggs has shot 72 percent (28 of 39) from the floor.
Chris Horton enters the game needing two blocked shots to finish with 90 or more for a second straight season.
UT Martin Skyhawks
UT Martin enters the contest with an 8-22 record, 3-12 in the OVC, after dropping an 86-72 contest at home to Murray State, Thursday.
Myles Taylor leads UTM in scoring at 14.8 ppg, followed by Terence Smith at 14.4 ppg. Smith and senior Mike Liabo have combined for 107 three pointers.
This is the 95th meeting between the two Ohio Valley Conference foes, Austin Peay and UT Martin, with the Govs holding a decisive 69-25 advantage. The Govs won this season’s earlier meeting, January 2nd, in Clarksville by an 81-68 count. Chris Horton and Zavion Williams each had 16 points while Will Triggs added 11 for the Governors. Myles Taylor led UTM with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
What A Win Would Mean
He second a season-high 28 points against the Redhawks.
His previous best was 24 points against Dalton State, December 30th, 2013, and tied at Morehead State a week ago Wednesday.
In going 11-of-12 at the free-throw line against Southeast Missouri, Travis Betran has attempted double-digit free throws in three of the last four games. In fact, he is 39 of 43 (91 percent) at the line in that four-game period.
In going 7 of 15 from three-point range against SEMO, APSU set an OVC road best with those seven threes. It also was the Govs’ most road three pointers since they had 10 against East Tennessee, December 4th.
Prior to that he failed to reach double digits in six straight games in which he played.
Dyson has raised his overall scoring average in double digits at 10.1 ppg.
Radio: Governors Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Greg Walker
Analyst: David Loos
ipTV: OVCDN (OVC Digital Network)