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APSU notebook: Figger hits coaching milestone

APSU Athletics Communications

By COLBY WILSON

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – It’s not just that Austin Peay shot (32) and made (season-high tying 27) more free-throws than the Panthers; Austin Peay hit 84.4 percent at the charity stripe, compared to 50.0 percent (7-of-14) exactly for Eastern Illinois. The Govs are now hitting 77.8 percent (98-of-126) at the line since the Jan. 24 contest against Tennessee State.

Notably

  • The Govs have won seven of their last eight against the Panthers and are 23-6 since 2006.
  • Govs coach Matt Figger is the first coach in program history to lead Austin Peay to 10-plus conference wins in each of his first two seasons.
  • Taylor is one six active players in the OVC with 1,000 career points, and the 36th member of Austin Peay’s 1,000-point club. He’s just the sixth player in program history to need two or fewer seasons to reach that milestone, joining James Williams, Howard Wright, Kenny Geralds, Lawrence Mitchell and Travis Betran. Just for fun, he also pulled down 12 boards in addition to his 25 points for his season’s eighth double-double and the 20th of his Austin Peay career. He’s averaging 23.6 points over his last five outings, hitting 55.7 percent (44-of-79) from the floor and 87.0 percent (20-of-23) at the line.
  • Over the last 17 games, the Govs are shooting 50.3 percent (522-of-1038) from the floor, going 14-3 in those contests. The Govs streak of 40 percent shooting nights has reached 22 consecutive games, longest since electronic record keeping began at Austin Peay in 1999-00.
  • Glotta finished with a career-high tying 22 points, the 30th double-digit night of his career and his fourth career 20-point game.
  • The Govs are averaging just 9.6 turnovers over the past five games.
  • The victory is Austin Peay’s first when surrendering 80 or more points since Feb. 22, 2018 at SIU Edwardsville.
  • McGhee finished with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting; since the start of the last road trip, he’s averaging 12.3 points on 64.8 percent (22-of-34) shooting and 5.5 rebounds.
  • Harris equaled his career high with six boards. Over the last six games, he’s averaging 13.5 points on 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the floor, with 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.
  • Eastern Illinois hit more three-pointers (11) than Austin Peay’s previous three opponents combined (nine).
  • For just the second time this season, the Govs won despite being outshot by their opponent.
  • Over the last four games, the Govs have enjoyed a plus-28 turnover margin, an average of plus-7.0; that has probably helped the Govs average a 19.0-10.0 advantage in points off turnover. Austin Peay is now 13-0 this season when outscoring its opponent in points off turnover.
  • The Govs are averaging 94.9 points in nine home games, going 8-1 in those contests.
  • Feeling like ’08: For the first time since 2007-08 (the last year Austin Peay won a regular season and OVC Tournament title):
    • The Govs have started February 3-0
    • The Govs are 8-1 over their first nine home games
    • The Govs are 10-2 through 12 Ohio Valley Conference games.

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