By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
While students were off playing in the snow, purchasing gifts for the holiday season and eating mass amounts of food, the hardwood Govs were hard at work winning eight of ten games that were on the slate.
The Govs currently sit in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings with a 12-7 overall record and 6-1 conference record.
Saturday, Dec. 11,
vs Fontbonne; 112-52
The Govs opened the game with a 20-2 run and did not look back. Tyshawn Edmondson played 23 minutes and scored 20 points. Melvin Baker added 16 points and Will Triggs scored 13 points. Josh Terry, who made the start for Anthony Campbell who is out for the season with a knee injury, added 12 points. Alton Willams scored 10.
Thursday, Dec. 16,
at Memphis; 68-70 OT
The Govs knew the task was large, but they did not lay down against the highly ranked Memphis Tigers. The Govs took their largest lead, 43-28, off a three-pointer from Justin Blake with 13:35 left in regulation. However Memphis’ offensive fire power slowly chipped away at the Govs lead.
They tied the score at 47-47 with 8:35 remaining off a three-pointer from Chris Crawford. No team would take a lead larger than three. The Govs went up 56-53 with 28 seconds remaining in regulation when Caleb Brown went one-of-two at the free throw line.
Will Barton would go one of two at the free throw line and Antonio Barton hit the game-tying jumper with 14 seconds remaining, tying to score at 56.
In overtime, Memphis jumped out to a 68-62 lead after Tarik Black knocked down one of his free throw attempts. The Govs clawed back but with two seconds left Justin Blake missed a three-pointer that would have sealed an APSU win.
Edmondson led the way with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow JUCO transfer Melvin Baker added 17 points and snatched 11 boards.
Saturday, Dec. 18, vs EKU; 78-51
The Govs were able to rebound from the heartbreaking OT loss to Memphis and torch EKU with a sweltering defense. EKU shot 36.5 percent from the field while the Govs shot 52.6 percent.
Four Govs starters scored double digits led by Terry’s 22 points. Baker added 14 points and eight rebounds. Edmondson added 12 points on 4-of-12 from the field (2-2 from three point range).John Fraley added 10 points, while grabbing seven rebounds in the winning effort.
The Govs never trailed against EKU. The largest lead was 76-45 with 2:44 left in the game on a layup by Triggs.
Tuesday, Dec. 21,
vs Morehead State; 86-85 OT
The Govs faced preseason OVC Player of the Year Kenneth Faried. They were able to contain him to shooting two-of-seven from the field in the first half. He grabbed seven rebounds as Morehead State held a 34-30 lead.
In the second half, Morehead State jumped out to the games largest lead, 57-52, on a dunk from Faried with 7:18 left in the game. APSU stormed back and took their largest lead, 74-70, on two free throws from Blake with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Demonte Harper’s three-pointer at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime. In extra time, the Govs took an 82-79 lead with 1:42 left.
On the next possession, Sam Goodman tied the score back up at 82. Faried gave Morehead State an 85-84 lead. On the next possession Terry missed a jumper with nine ticks left and Edmondson came up with an offensive rebound. After a time out with five seconds left, Edmondson dished a pass to Terry, he made a reverse lay-up as time expired, and gave the Govs another OVC victory.
Tuesday, Dec. 28,
vs Brescia; 101-46
The Govs opened the game on a 17-0 run capped off by one of two from the free throw line by Terry at the 15:08 mark. In the first half, the Govs blew out Brescia.
The Govs held a 48-18 lead at halftime holding Brescia to 21.9 percent on 7-of-32 shooting. The Govs’ biggest lead came with 28 seconds left on a three-pointer from Williams. Edmondson led the way with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Terry added 19. Both point guards, Brown and Tyrone Caldwell, had double-digit scoring with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Triggs grabbed nine rebounds and scored six points.
Monday, Jan. 3,
vs Chattanooga; 89-57
Chattanooga opened the game with two points but the Govs defense clamped down. They raced to a 41-23 halftime lead. The Govs just kept coming. They jumped out to an 88-52 lead with 2:43 left and continued to victory again.
The Govs offensively shot 31-62 from the field (50 percent) and were led by Edmondson’s 23 point effort. Terry dropped 16, while John Fraley added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Brown added nine points and dished 10 assists.
Saturday, Jan. 8, at Murray State; 66-64
In the classic rivalry game between the Govs and Racers, APSU prevailed. They snapped Murray State’s home winning streak, the fourth longest in the nation.
The Govs would take a 23-20 lead after a three-pointer by Blake with 7:42 remaining in the first half and would not look back. Triggs put the Govs up 38-28 at half.
The Govs jumped out to their largest lead with 9:36 remaining in the game on Baker’s one-of-two from the free line.
Murray State would claw back within two after Isaiah Canaan knocked down two free throws, cutting the lead to 66-64 with 22 seconds remaining.
Murray State had a chance to win the game when B.J. Jenkins missed a potential game winning free throw as time expired. The Govs were led by Blake’s five-of-five from three-point range for 15 points. Brown had 12 points and seven assists, while Terry added 11 points.
Monday, Jan. 10, vs. Tennessee-Martin; 71-61
In a potential “trap game,” the Govs would prevail to victory on Terry’s second half scoring frenzy. UT Martin led 34-25 at halftime after Terence Smith’s layup. Behind Terry’s 26 point effort in the second half, APSU took their first lead 53-51 with 7:40 left in the game.
The Govs would jolt to a double digit lead on a three-pointer from Edmondson with 2:39 remaining. The Govs then would trade baskets with UT Martin. They cruised to their sixth victory. Terry led the way with 27 points and eight boards. Edmondson added 12 points in the winning effort.
Saturday, Jan. 15, at Tennessee State; 74-76 OT
The Govs, played in the NCAA leading sixth overtime game of the season. They watched their six game winning streak come to an end on the road.
The Govs trailed by as much as 16 points, 26-12, in the first half after two free throws from Chris Conner. The Govs went into halftime trailing 34-28 after Brown hit one-of-two from the free throw line.
The Govs jolted back from half-time to take the lead, 52-50, with 7:42 left in the game on a layup from Terry. The Govs jumped out to their largest lead, 65-58, with 1:18 left in the game on a jumper from Brown.
TSU stormed back to tie the score at 65 on a tip in with 16 seconds remaining. The Govs came down the court and Brown took a potential game winning three-pointer which did not fall through.
In extra time, Wil Peters gave TSU their biggest lead 72-66 with a three pointer with 2:52 remaining in overtime. Edmondson would then tie the score at 72 on a one-of-two at the free throw line with 52 seconds remaining.
Peters then would give TSU the win on a jumper in the paint with two seconds left. Blake had an opportunity to win the game with a three-pointer, but it did not go through.
The Govs return to action with a home game against Tennessee Tech Thursday Jan. 20, tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.