Austin Peay Govs to close out season at Southeast Missouri
Austin Peay (8-21/3-12) vs. Southeast Missouri (12-16/6-9)
February 28th, 2015 | 6:00pm
Cape Girardeau, MO | Show Me Center
Cape Girardeau, MO – Austin Peay will close out the 2014-15 season when it travels to Southeast Missouri for a 6:00pm, Saturday, Ohio Valley Conference contest at the Show Me Center.
The contest will have little on the line for both teams. The Governors were eliminated from the OVC tourney race a week ago and SEMO earned the final spot in the OVC tournament, Thursday, without even playing.
With Jacksonville State losing, 63-57, at Eastern Kentucky Thursday, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Belmont, UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, Morehead State and Southeast Missouri are the teams headed to Nashville, TN, for next week’s OVC tournament.
APSU, meanwhile, will attempt to end 2015 on a two-game winning streak. The Governors defeated SIU Edwardsville, 64-61, Thursday to earn their first February victory. On Senior Night, Chris Freeman scored a career-high 24 points in his final Govs’ home appearance—with his mother, Thelma, in the stands.
In addition, senior guards Damarius Smith and Ed Dyson also came up big in the final minute, including nailing crucial free throws.
Although Freeman and the seniors were the big story for the Govs in the win, almost as much was Chris Horton‘s rebounding. A stat glitch Thursday night forced APSU sports information crew to redo the stats from game video. Horton, as it turns out, had a career-high 20 rebounds against SIUE, the most by a Gov since Ty Beck had 22 in the 1994 season.
For SEMO, senior forward Jarekious Bradley is one of the OVC’s top all-around players, averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.. Center Nino Johnson averages 10.8 points and 7.2 rpg while shooting an impressive 54 percent from the floor. Guard Antonius Cleveland averages 10.7 ppg.
The More You Know
The Series: This is the 54th meeting between Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri, a pair of Ohio Valley Conference West foes, with the Govs leading the series, 33-20. The Redhawks have won the last two contests, including a 70-64 victory, January 31st. Chris Horton had 23 points and 18 rebounds in the loss while Jarekious Bradley and Nino Johnson had 15 in the victory.
What A Win Would Mean: The Govs would end season at 9-21…they would gain their second OVC road victory…they would improve to 4-12 in league play….they would improve to 2-13 on the road this season…they would end season on two-game winning streak…it would be APSU’s fourth win of 2015….they would go to 2-6 in February…they would improve to 34-20 all-time against SEMO…it would make Dave Loos 34-20 all-time against Southeast Missouri…it would make Loos 10-6 all-time against SEMO coach Dickey Nutt…it would be Dave Loos’ 474th career victory and 392nd APSU victory.
What A Loss Would Mean: The Govs would fall to 8-22 overall…it would be their 14th road loss…they would end 1-7 in OVC road games…they would go to 1-6 in February…Loos would drop to 473-426 overall and 391-373 as Governors head coach.
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