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By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs played host to SEMO in their regular season finale Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Dunn Center. They ran away with a 75-52 victory and finished the season, winning four of their last five games.
The victory pushed the Govs into a tie for second place with Morehead State with a 13-5 conference record. The Govs improved to 19-12 overall on the season. SEMO ends the regular season 9-21 overall, 6-12 in conference play.
“I thought that we were a little lethargic in the first half and didn’t play well offensively,” said head coach Dave Loos. “In the second half, I thought our effort was better and we did better offensively. It’s a win, and this time of the year, I’ll take it.”The Govs were led by junior guard TyShwan Edmondson. He scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting (3-of-6 from three point range). Junior forward Josh Terry scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Junior center John Fraley produced a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Justin Blake came off the bench and made three-of-five from three-point range for nine points.
The Govs never trailed. As the clock wound down to 5:08 in the first half, Blake made one of his three 3-pointers to give the Govs a 29-11 lead. The Redhawks clawed their way back to within a dozen points by halftime, 33-21. “We talked about [not] letting them come back at halftime. I thought we kind of bowed our neck in the second half and played a little better,” Loos said.
The Govs opened the second half with a 15-6 run to take a commanding 48-27 lead. They established their biggest lead, 65-41 after Blake made his last 3-pointer with just over four minutes left in the game. The Redhawks would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
SEMO was held to 18 of 55 (33 percent) shooting from the field. The Govs also dominated them on the boards, 47-36. The win was Loos’ 350th as the Govs’ head coach. It was also the last home game for senior guard Caleb Brown. TAS