Austin Peay (1-0) at Western Kentucky (0-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: E.A. Diddle Arena ( 7,326) -- Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Television: None. Home Record: APSU 1-0, WKU 0-0. Away Record: APSU 0-0, WKU
0-1. Neutral Record: APSU 0-0, WKU 0-0. Conference Record: APSU 0-0, WKU 0-0.
Series Record: Western Kentucky leads, 37-14.
GAME NOTES: The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are back in Bowling Green for
their home opener as they welcome the Austin Peay Governors to E.A. Diddle
Arena for a non-conference affair.
The Governors come in after their season-opening 75-64 triumph over Samford
last Friday. Austin Peay made 53.8 percent of its field goal attempts and went
9-of-20 from beyond the arc in the contest. The game was never in doubt as
APSU held the lead for just under 38 minutes. Dave Loos has been the head
coach of the Governors since 1990 and he has more Ohio Valley Conference wins
than any other coach in league history.
WKU came up just short in its opener as it suffered a 67-64 loss in overtime
to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Hilltoppers held USM without a made
field goal for the final 4:57 of regulation, and the entire overtime period,
but the Golden Eagles made 9-of-11 from the charity stripe in the extra
session to secure the win. Coach Ray Harper enters tonight's game with a
353-72 overall career record and an 11-9 mark at WKU, which includes his run
to the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the 52nd meeting between these two programs. WKU holds a 37-14
edge in the all-time series after earning an 83-54 decision on Nov. 18, 2005
in the most recent meeting.
Austin Peay is already improved at the defensive end thanks in large part to
freshman center Chris Horton. The Georgia native blocked three shots in his
collegiate debut and altered a few more. Will Triggs paced the Governors with
15 points and he also added seven rebounds. Anthony Campbell and Travis
Freeman netted 13 points each while A.J. Lynch managed the offense and dished
out five assists. Off the bench, sophomore Chris Freeman notched a double-
double consisting of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
In Western Kentucky's loss to the Golden Eagles, senior Jamal Crook led the
team with a game-high 17 points while sophomore Kevin Kaspar set a career-high
with four makes from three-point range on his way to 13 points. George Fant
added ten points. Crook also registered three steals at the other end of the
floor. T.J. Price's rebounding ability is a major asset for the Hilltoppers,
but he must improve his efficiency after finishing a dismal 1-of-12 from the
field in the season opener.
Although the Govs are coming off a win, they will find their second opponent
to be much more difficult. The Hilltoppers took a talented Southern Miss team
to the brink in Hattiesburg in their opener. WKU will come out with intensity
to erase the recent loss from its memory bank.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Kentucky 68, Austin Peay 63
11/13 10:35:57 ET