By ANTHONY SHINGLER
Senior Staff Writer
The Govs played host to the TSU Tigers Saturday, Feb. 12, hoping to break a two-game losing streak and avenge the loss to the Tigers in January.
Behind John Fraley’s career night of 21 points, the Govs steam rolled to a 79-64 victory.
The Govs’ win put an end to the two-game skid and moved them to 16-11, 10-5 OVC.
The loss drops TSU to 11-14, 8-7 OVC. The Tigers have dropped five of the last six games.
Fraley was one of four Govs to score over 10 points. He had seven rebounds and four blocks to go with his 21 points.
Senior guard Caleb Brown scored 14 points. He also made five assists and steals.
The leading scorer in the OVC, junior guard Tyshwan Edmondson, scored 13 points, snapping a two-game streak of single-digit scoring.
He also pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds. Freshman forward Will Triggs added 11 points.
“We’re getting better [in the post]. Triggs has really kind of figured it out,” said Govs head coach Dave Loos.
“I thought Marcel did some good things tonight and John [Fraley] was in there rebounding. Overall, I believe we’re getting better in the interior.”
The Govs trailed for only 20 seconds in the game because Tigers’ forward Robert Covington made the first basket of the game. From that point on, it was all Govs.
“I was pleased with the way we were able to maintain a lead, even though we had our moments where if it had been close we’d have been in trouble,” Loos said.
The Tigers would come within two points of the Govs’ lead, 24-22, on a dunk by Covington with less than eight minutes remaining before halftime.
The Govs closed out the half on a 15-7 run and led 39-29 at the break.
The Govs opened the second half with an 18-10 run and established the largest lead of the game 57-40. The Tigers failed to get within 11 points of the Govs the rest of the game.
“I just told our players our effort was good and that’s where we always start — did we play hard enough and did we play together?” Loos said.
The Govs forced 22 TSU turnovers while committing only 19 of their own.
They also out-rebounded TSU 35-24.
They shot 56 percent (29-52) from the field and scored 38 of their points in the paint.
“There’s still a lot of basketball to clean up. We’ve got some things we can definitely do better and improve on but the effort was good, we played together,” Loos said.
“As a result, we played inside out and got some penetration. I was especially pleased with our rebounding.”
The Govs will return to action on the road Saturday, Feb. 19, as part of the ESPN Bracket Buster series.
They will take on Fairfield with a noon tip-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. TAS