CANCUN, Mexico-Austin Peay will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak when it resumes play in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge by facing Western Carolina in a 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, contest at the Moon Palace Resort.
Tuesday's game will be APSU's first official international game-the Govs played three exhibition contests in Toronto in August. The Govs, Western Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Howard are part of the Riviera Division while Iowa, DePaul, Western Kentucky and Wichita State play in the Mayan Division.
After losses to Western Kentucky and DePaul, the Governors will attempt to defeat a 1-3 WCU club without one of its offensive and defensive cogs. Forward Will Triggs misplaced his passport while in Chicago and has not yet joined his Governors teammates. He is supposed to be in Cancun, Tuesday night-after the game with Western Carolina.
Sophomore forward Chris Freeman, the Govs' leading rebounder (8.7 rpg), will move into the starting lineup. It also means freshman forward Preston Herring should receive added minutes as well.
The Govs are coming off a 98-67 loss to DePaul that saw APSU commit 27 turnovers, the most by APSU in more than a dozen years. Anthony Campbell led the Govs with 17 points, the most points he has scored on his twice surgically-repaired knee since Dec. 2, 2010.
Western Carolina was picked third in the Southern Conference's West Division in preseason polling. Guard Trey Sumler, who started all 35 of WCU's games a year ago and averaged 13.5 ppg while dishing out 147 assists a year ago, was named Preseason All-Southern Conference. He is averaging 18.8 ppg so far this season.
Veteran Larry Hunter, who has been a head coach for 33 years, is in his eighth season as head man at Western Carolina.