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Govs showcase scoring prowess in blowout

Jimmy Trodglen/Tnsports360.com

By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay addressed its needs for better point production from the bench by adding size and experience.

But even second-year coach Matt Figger might’ve been been surprised with the production the Govs received when their backups hit the floor in the season opener.

Austin Peay had 60 points from its reserves, with four players scoring in double figures in a 114-53 win over Oakland City at the Dunn Center Tuesday.

Terry Taylor scored a team-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and made his presence known in only 20 minutes on the floor.

The Govs had seven players score in double figures and held a decisive 63-16 scoring edge in the paint.

“I don’t think scoring is going to be a problem for this team, my whole concern is how committed are we going to be on the defensive side of the ball night-in and night-out,” Govs coach Matt Figger said.

“Right now, I have a hard job, which I like, I don’t think there’s a separation on our team from the guys that played.”

The Govs overwhelmed Oakland City in the second half, outscoring the Mighty Oaks 52-14.

“I’m excited with how this team is looking,” Taylor said. “We’re much different than last year. We’re more versatile and we can play many different ways. It was exciting to see all of the guys sharing the ball and being happy for one another scoring.

“It shows our team is going to be really special this year if we keep doing the things we are doing and trust what coach Fig (Figger) has in store for us.”

Zach Glotta made five 3-pointers, helping the Govs hit on 12 of 25 3-point attempts.

Austin Peay shot 59 percent from the floor and outrebounded Oakland City 49-26.

Austin Peay had 29 fast-break points and trailed only briefly at 2-0 before building a 62-39 halftime lead.

“I think we have a lot of weapons on offense and I think we showcased that tonight,” Glotta said.

Gumm’s double-double

Dayton Gumm finished with a double-double, adding 10 assists to his 11 points. Gumm became the first Gov since DJ Wright to have a double-double in points and assists. Wright had his double-double against Murray State on Jan. 31, 2008.

Gumm had no turnovers and three steals.

“I like the fact that we are unselfish,” Figger said. “He didn’t turn the ball over. He played a game like he’s a kid that’s been through it.”

Freshman in the lineup

Last season, the Govs started Taylor and Gumm as true freshmen. Against Oakland City, freshman point guard Antwuan Butler made his first start and had four assists and two points in 15 minutes. The 6-foot Butler played at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Philadelphia.

Lopsided difference

The Govs’ 61-point win was the largest margin since beating Fontbonne 112-52 on Dec. 11, 2010.

McGhee’s debut

Austin Peay graduate transfer Jabari McGhee made his debut scoring eight points while grabbing five rebounds in 14 minutes. McGhee started his time in college at Tennessee before finishing up at Western Kentucky.

Land of the giants

For the first time in the program’s history, the Govs had a pair of 7-footer on the floor at the same time. Matheus Silveira and Ivan Cucak combined for 17 points, shooting a combined 8-for-10 from the floor. Cucak was responsible for one of the Govs’ 3-pointers. They also combined for 12 rebounds.

Silveira had dealt with injuries during the preseason but was cleared to play five hours before tip-off.

“Ivan is taking strides,” Taylor said. “Last year he was hurt a lot and he couldn’t get going, but this year he came in, he’s healthy now and Zoe (Silveira) got cleared today and we were happy that he got to play. He’s been itching to play, and he came out and played well.”

Hitting the road

Austin Peay will begin a seven-game road stretch when it plays at Mississippi State Friday. It’s the first of a seven-game road trip that will witness Austin Peay playing in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic. The Govs won’t return home until playing Calvary on Dec. 5.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360

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