Indians Drop OVC Opener
Jan. 8, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Southeast Missouri State (7-5, 0-1 OVC) spotted Austin Peay a 8-0 lead to begin the game as the Governors won the contest 52-48.
Austin Peay (5-7, 2-0 OVC) used strong defense to jump out to a large lead early in the game. After scoring the first eight points, the Governors extended their lead to 22-7, with 6:05 left in the first half. It wasn't until 5:43 that Southeast reached double digits, thanks to a 3-pointer by Dainmon Gonner.
APSU led 29-20 at the half, although neither team shot well from the floor. For the half, Austin Peay outshot Southeast 37 percent to 29. However, the Governors did manage to find the bottom of the rim from long range. APSU hit 60 percent of its shots from 3-point land in the first half, and 62.5 percent for the game.
In the second half, Southeast nearly surmounted the large APSU lead. After the Governors rebuilt a 15 point lead, the Indians chipped away. With the score 47-38 in favor of Austin Peay, Southeast went on a 7-0 run, including five points from senior center Brandon Griffin. The scoring outburst cut the lead to 47-45 with 3:05 left, but the Indians were never able to get any closer.
Griffin led all players in the game with 17 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Junior guard Derek Winans finished with 13 points, including three buckets from long range. Winans surpassed the 1,000 career points mark with a second half 3-pointer, and currently has 1,007 career points.
Gonner also had a strong game, as he put up 12 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Austin Peay was led in scoring by Zac Schlader's 12 points. Meanwhile, center Josh Lewis had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, as well as four blocks in the game.
APSU edged Southeast on the glass 40-37, and also was on fire from downtown, hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Southeast will have a day off before it next plays Tennessee Tech Saturday Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center.