Inside Austin Peay Basketball

Southeast Missouri

February 25, 2012 | 7:30 p.m. CT Dave Aaron Arena | Clarksville, Tenn.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - It is no longer a matter of "if" for Austin Peay's basketball team in reference to qualifying for its 28th straight Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournament. Now it is a matter of where the Governors will be seeded when the tournament starts this coming Wednesday at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

The Governors can be seeded as high as sixth and as low as eighth heading into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. regular-season finale against Southeast Missouri.

Austin Peay is coming off an 85-67 victory against UT Martin, a contest that saw five Governors score in double figures while as a team they shot 55.6 percent (30 of 54) from the floor. Three Governors reserves-Herdie Lawrence (19 points), Justin Blake (11) and Chris Freeman (10)-combined for 40 of those points.

It was significant in that both starting guard TyShwan Edmondson (five points) and Melvin Baker (zero points) were saddled with first-half foul problems. Edmondson eventually fouled out and Baker never could find his rhythm.

That was Austin Peay's second straight victory, a modest streak for a Governors team that recently endured five straight losses. They would love nothing better to take even a little more momentum into the tourney.

To do that the Governors would have to keep Southeast Missouri on its uneven pace. The Redhawks, who at one time were alone in second place in the OVC race, have lost three straight games and five of their last seven, including four conference defeats. The are now tied for third at 9-6 (14-14 overall) with Morehead State and Tennessee Tech.

SEMO dropped a 69-59 decision to Jacksonville State, Thursday night, in a contest that saw the Redhawks lose three players to fouls as JSU shot 46 free throws.

Sophomore transfer Tyler Stone leads the team, averaging 14.4 ppg, while guard Marland Smith is averaging 12.4 ppg. Nick Niemczyk, a former teammate of Josh Terry's at Three Rivers Community College, is at 9.3 ppg.

Governors Pardon

  • This is Austin Peay's 80th season of basketball.
  • Dave Loos, APSU's all-time winningest basketball coach, also is the OVC's all-time wins leader with 362 victories. He also has 444 career coaching wins.
  • The Dave Aaron Arena playing floor was named Dave Loos Court, Summer 2007. Loos is believed to be one of only three current Division I men's coaches who are coaching on courts that bear their respective names-Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim-are the other two. Valparaiso's Homer Drew, who retired after the 2010-11 season, had the floor named after him last season.
  • Austin Peay has reached at least the OVC tournament semifinals in 13 of the last 17 years.
  • Austin Peay has made 28 straight appearances, including 2012, in the OVC tournament.
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