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Govs win season opener, 64-62

After flashes of excellence in the preseason, GOV JUCO transfers Tyshwan Edmondson and Josh Terry both came up big in the 64-62 victory Friday, Nov. 12 in the Gov’s season opener at St. Louis University.

Edmondson knocked down a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation. On the ensuing possession for the Billikens, Terry’s steal with less than two ticks left ensured the victory for the Govs.

Edmondson’s game winner was set up by a teammate’s blocked shot. Junior Melvin Baker blocked Christiain Salecich’s shot with 17 seconds remaining. After coming up with the block, Baker grabbed the rebound.

Terry led the team with 18 points from 7-of-9 shooting. Edmondson added 17 points while going 6-of-9 from the field.

The Govs led by as many as eight points in the first half before early foul trouble by Baker, Terry and Edmondson slowed the Govs attack.
Coming into the second half the Billikens blitzed out to a 54-46 lead.

However the Govs were able to tie the score 54-54 thanks to the Edmonson’s hot hand. He scored six straight points. Terry added two free throws.

After a bucket from Kyle Cassity to push the Billikens lead to one. Baker answered with one of two from the free throw line to tie the game with 57 seconds remaining.

However, APSU was forced to give St. Louis possession after an inbounds violation. The Govs made up for the mistake with defense. Edmondson forced the ball loose and John Fraley came away with the steal.

With time ticking away the Govs tried to take the lead, but Salecich came up with a crucial steal with 20 seconds left and took it the length of the court. As he went to the basket Baker, who was trailing Salecich, timed his jump perfectly and blocked the shot.

After a timeout, on the ensuing Govs possession Edmondson was fouled and went to the free throw line.

The Govs finished the night 21-of-44 (47.7%) from the floor, including three-of-six from three-point land and 19-of-27 from the free throw line. The Govs were out rebounded by St. Louis 32-23. Fraley led the team with seven boards.

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