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Taylor reaches 2,000-point level, Govs win by 64

Robert Smith/APSU Athletics Communications

By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay senior forward Terry Taylor reached a big milestone and the Govs took home a massive 102-38 win in the home opener against Carver, Friday, in the Dunn Center.

But the main takeaway—aside from that the Govs can handle an NCCAA foe that already has large losses against Division I foes on its record—is Taylor achieving a hallowed mark: 2,000 career points, becoming one of three players in program history to reach that total and the 19th player in Ohio Valley Conference history. And there’s still a lot of season to play—some big names in OVC history are going to have to move down a spot by the time he’s finished. 

From the start, the game was Austin Peay’s—three straight Reginald Gee three-pointers blew the game wide open near the 12-minute mark and after that, it was all Austin Peay. Such was the dominance of the Austin Peay offense that Carver did not post a run of back-to-back baskets without an Austin Peay bucket until after the 16-minute mark in the second half.

That was mere minutes after Taylor entered immortality—with 18:44 to go in the half, he took an Alec Woodard pass from three-quarters of the court away and laid it in for two points, the 2000th and 2001st of his career. He would exit not long after that, game firmly in hand for the Govs, and with his streak of double-doubles now at six straight games.

In an early-season non-conference game that gets out of hand, it’s an optimal time to rest your stars, and head coach Matt Figger took advantage, getting 10 players at least 10 minutes of action. That also led to plenty of touches to go around, with Gee (career-high 20 points to lead all scorers) getting plenty of looks to lead six Govs in double figures.

The Difference

No one thing is going to stick out in a 64-point win, but since this section is here anyway, why not highlight a turnover discrepancy best described as “robust in Austin Peay’s favor?” The Govs committed fewer turnovers for the game (13) than Carver committed in the second half (17); the Cougars finished with 29 turnovers for the contest.

Notably

  • The Govs have now won five straight home openers and eight of their last nine. The Govs have also scored 100-plus points in each of their last five home-opening wins.
  • Austin Peay put six players—Gee (20 points), Mike Peake (14), Elton Walker (13), Alec Woodard (12), Taylor (10) and Carlos Paez (10)—in double figures for the first time since Jan. 18 at UT Martin. Peake, Walker and Woodard each set career-highs as Governors.
    • Gee, Woodard and Paez are the first trio since last season’s Oakland City contest to reach double figures off the bench for Austin Peay—which was also the last time Austin Peay broke the century mark in team scoring.
  • Austin Peay’s first points have come via layup in all four games this season.
  • The Govs are 3-1 or better to start the season for the first time since 2000.
  • The victory is Austin Peay’s first on a Friday since Dec. 21, 2018 against Campbell.
  • The Govs held an opponent below 40 points for the first time since Dec. 8, 2018 (Calvary). Carver is the first home-opening opponent to score fewer than 40 points against the Govs since 2003 (Knoxville College).
  • Austin Peay has now won 17 straight games in the Dunn Center.
  • The last time Austin Peay poste 30-plus fast break points and 50-plus bench points in the same game was last season’s home opener against Oakland City.
  • Gee’s 20-point outing was his first as a Gov, and his first with five or more threes in an Austin Peay uniform. He also scored his 100th point as a Governor.
  • Walker and DJ Peavy recorded their first starts in Austin Peay uniforms; Peavy piloted the offense with seven of the Governors’ 24 assists, Austin Peay’s most since Nov. 6, 2018 against Oakland City.
  • Peake was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor and nearly secured his first double-double as a Gov with eight boards.
  • Codey BatesJordan Burchfield and Ibrahima Jarjou saw their first action as Governors in 2020-21.
  • Milestone Watch: Taylor took sole possession of third all-time in scoring, breaking his tie with Drake Reed; he also passed Reed for sixth all-time in field goal attempts (1422) He grabbed three offensive boards, putting him three away from 400 for his career, and he sits five total rebounds away from becoming the third player in program history with 1,000 boards and fifth player in OVC history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

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