Inside Austin Peay Basketball
Govs look to bounce back against OVC East leader Belmont
Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information
Release: 02/08/2013
Courtesy: APSU Sports Information
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Austin Peay will entertain Belmont, 7:30 p.m., Saturday in Dave Aaron Arena, the first time the two teams have played as Ohio Valley Conference foes.

The Bruins joined the OVC in the summer and are running away with the OVC East Division with a 10-1 record. However, Rick Byrd's club incurred its league defeat, Thursday night, at Murray State, 79-74.

The Governors, meanwhile, are reeling from another painstaking overtime defeat, losing to Tennessee State, 88-82, Thursday. It was APSU's second straight overtime defeat and third in four league overtime contests.

FASTBREAK

This is Dave Loos' 23rd season as Austin Peay head coach and he is 368-329 at APSU-the winningest basketball coach in Ohio Valley

Conference history-while 450-382 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 is the second of a short two-game homestand for the Govs. APSU lost to Tennessee, 88-82 in overtime, Thursday.

The Govs enter the game having lost seven straight and 15 out of their last 16 games following the overtime defeat against Tennessee State.

This will be Austin Peay's first meeting with Belmont since the Bruins officially joined the conference last summer.

Belmont comes in after incurring their OVC season's first defeat, 79-74, at Murray State, Thursday night. The Bruins rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game only to have Murray State pulled away in the closing minute.

The tandem of Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson is considered one of the nation's top backcourts. Clark is averaging 19 ppg, shooting 58 percent

from the floor that also included 52 percent (80 of 15) from three-point range. Johnson averages 13.6 ppg and 4.6 apg. He has gone to the free-throw line 149 times.

Belmont is shooting an OVC-leading 49 percent from the floor, inlcuding 40.7 from three-point territory.

Forward Trevor Noack has been a surprise up front, averaging 12.3 ppg.

THE SERIES

This is the 41st meeting between Austin Peay, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, and the newest OVC member Belmont. In fact, this will be the first meeting between the two teams as OVC combatants. The two previously battled as conference foes when both were members of the Volunteer State Athletic Conference  during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Governors hold a 30-10 lead in the series, but the Bruins have won the last three meetings, including a sweep of last season's two contests.

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