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Big runs bring down Govs basketball team

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The Gov’s basketball team had a hard time this past week, dropping both its games against Western Kentucky and DePaul. The Govs were able to hang tough in both games, but long droughts killed them in both games.

Against Western on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Govs had a hard time finding their game, falling behind by thirteen in the first half. The Govs used a 20-7 run capped by freshman AJ Lynch’s two three-pointers in the final few minutes to send the teams into halftime tied, 33-33.

The second half was not as kind to APSU, as they shot only 7 of 24 from the field. After narrowing a Western lead to just six at 49-43, the Hilltoppers went on a 14-0 run to help put away the game, winning the contests, 74-54.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Govs traveled to Chicago to take on Big East member, DePaul.

The Govs committed 27 turnovers in the game, three on their first three possessions. Despite the sluggish start, they only trailed by one after five minutes of game. That was as close as the Govs came as DePaul went on a 22-4 run behind seven Govs’ turnovers in four minutes.

By halftime, the Govs had fallen behind by 28 points, 58-30, and never recovered in the second half. APSU never came closer than 24 points after halftime, and DePaul easily won the contest, 98-67.

Despite the bad losses, the Govs have gotten large contributions from their young players. Lynch led the team with 15 points against Western while freshmen Chris Horton recorded his first career double-double, going for 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Govs will look to recover when they travel to Cancun over the break to take on Western Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and the either Howard or Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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