MARTIN, Tenn. - After three straight excruciating defeats, including the last two by two points, Austin Peay will attempt to find that winning formula, 6 p.m., Saturday when it plays UT Martin at the Elam Center.
The Governors are coming off an 86-84 defeat at Southeast Missouri that saw the visitors control much of the second half. But in a span of a little more than three minutes the Govs watched a six-point lead become a seven-point deficit with 2:30 left in the game. APSU valiantly rallied down the stretch but SEMO made 10 straight free throws to hang on in APSU's first OVC contest.
It was another difficult defeat in the Govs' current seven-game losing streak, a streak that has seen the Govs lose in a variety of ways. It was a game that saw both Travis Betran (30 points) and Will Triggs (29 points and 11 rebounds) record career scoring highs.
But APSU will have little time to digest its most recent loss. And they will have to attempt to bounce back against a team in UT Martin that also is amidst a seven-game losing streak. The Skyhawks are coming off an 11-pointloss to heavily favored Murray State, also on Thursday.
This is Dave Loos' 23rd season as Austin Peay head coach and he is 368-321 at APSU-the winningest basketball coach in Ohio Valley Conference history-while 449-374 all-time in his 27th season as a college head coach
Austin Peay was picked to finish third behind Murray State and Southeast Missouri in the newly formed OVC West Division in the preseason poll.
This will be the fifth of five straight games played by the Govs away from Dave Aaron Arena. The Govs return home, 7 p.m., Wednesday, to play Morehead State.
APSU enters the game seeking to snap a seven-game losing streak after losing 86-84, Thursday, to Southeast Missouri. It was APSU's second straight two-point defeat.
UT Martin also comes in amidst a seven-game losing streak. The Skyhawks are 0-3 after losing at home to Murray State, 73-62, Thursday night.
Jason James is in his fourth season at UT Martin, owning a 23-85 record. The UTM position is his first as a head coach.
Sophomore forward Myles Taylor leads UTM in scoring, averaging 16.3 ppg along with 7.3 rpg. He also is shooting an impressive 82.5 percent at the free throw line.
Although he comes off the bench, career 1000-point scorer Mike Liabo is averaging 12.9 ppg.
Guard Terrence Smith, who got off to quick start as a freshman two years but since has battled health issues, played in his third game since returning from a broken ankle and scored 10 points against Murray State.
What You Should Know...
THE SERIES: This is the 92nd meeting between the two Ohio Valley Conference foes, Austin Peay and UT Martin, with the Govs holding a decisive 67-24 advantage. The Governors swept last season's two meetings and have won the last six games in the series.