In their final game at the Dunn Center on Dave Loos Court seniors John Murry and Kenny Jones issued a dominating performance to lead APSU (10-18, 6-8 Ohio Valley Conference) to a 92-84 win over SIUE (5-24, 0-15 OVC). The win keeps the Govs mathematically in the running for a OVC Championship Tournament spot as the season dwindles down to two conference games.
Leading scoring for the Govs was Murry, with 25 points through 30 minutes. Jones followed close behind with 20, while Dre’Kalo Clayton finished with 12 and Josh Robinson had 11. Murry’s night was his fourth 20-point performance in the past five games.
APSU’s most efficient scoring performance of the season opened up early as the Govs found themselves ahead 17-10 through the first 5 1/2 minutes. The success continued with Loos’ team entering the locker room up 54-37. Jones led the way in the first half with 15 points and Clayton followed behind with 10. Murry, Robinson and Chris Porter-Bunton combined for 24 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The largest lead for the Govs came a few moments before halftime when a free throw by Jones put the men in red and black ahead by 20. Jones finished his night 8-11 from the free-throw line. Robinson finished with the highest percentage from the line due to his 4-4 performance. The Govs slowed their pace in the second half, but kept a strong, firm lead in tack throughout the game’s closing schedule. APSU finished the knocking down 10 points in the final two minutes.
The Govs finished with four players in double digit scoring while three more neared the 10-point mark. Robinson left his mark on the game with 7 assists, over twice the amount of any teammate. Jalen Henry led scoring for the Cougars with 21 points while Devin Thorton followed with 19.
APSU closes out its season on the weekend as the travel to the University of Tennessee at Martin on Thursday, Feb. 23, and away to Southeast Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 25.
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