Austin Peay 63, SE Missouri 56
Feb 22, 2003
By R.B. FALLSTROM
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Adrian Henning had 18 points and seven rebounds as Austin Peay beat Southeast Missouri State 63-56 for its 10th victory in 11 games Saturday night.
Josh Lewis and Anthony Davis added 14 points apiece for the Governors (18-7, 11-3 Ohio Valley Conference), who shot 57 percent. Davis scored six straight points during one second-half sequence after Southeast Missouri had cut the gap to a point.
Austin Peay has won seven in a row in the series, including a 62-49 victory at Clarksville, Tenn., on Jan. 25. The Governors' nine-game winning streak was ended Thursday at Eastern Illinois.
Derek Winans had 19 points and Brett Hale 17 for Southeast Missouri (10-17, 4-10). It was the home finale for the Indians, who have lost six of seven. Southeast Missouri is eighth in the nation in 3-point percentage and kept it close with long-range accuracy, going 7-for-19 despite overall 36 percent shooting.
Brandon Griffin, averaging a double double for Southeast Missouri, was limited to 24 minutes by foul trouble. He had 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:42 to go, and the Indians trailing 50-49.
Austin Peay scored nine of the next 12 points for a 59-52 lead, capped by Lewis' dunk with 1:21 to go. But the Governors were shaky at the finish, with Henning missing a bonus free throw in the final minute.
Two free throws by Rhet Wierzba clinched it with 36 seconds to go, giving Austin Peay a 61-56 lead.
Southeast Missouri led 10-4 early but Austin Peay took the lead with a 14-5 run and led by as many as seven points before a 3-pointer by Damarcus Hence cut the gap to 26-22 at halftime.