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Terry scores 22, Govs win by 35

APSU Athletics Communications

By Noah Houck

Tnsports360.com

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay made quick work of SIU Edwardsville, winning 80-45 at the Dunn Center Thursday.

Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor led both sides in points, just as he did when the Govs and Cougars played three weeks ago. Taylor’s 22 points was the basis of the 35-point win. The win kept the Govs tied atop the OVC, improving to 17-7 and 9-2 in the OVC. The Cougars fell to 8-15 overall and 4-7 in the OVC.

Heading into halftime, Taylor, with 20 points, had scored more than SIUE.

“On Mondays coach gets us to work on our offensive executions and knowing our plays well,” Taylor said. “It is us having confidence and trusting each other that we are going to make shots.”

The Govs found themselves ahead 15-2 five minutes into the game before going on a 21-0 run to push the lead to 36-5 with 6:25 to go in the half. At the break, APSU was ahead 42-18.

“We needed to get back to what our roots (are), identity and what our culture is, and that is being a tough-minded defensive team,” Govs coach Matt Figger said. “I think sometimes we get to caught up in the results of games, instead of who we are and what we are as a team.”

In the first half, the Govs hit six 3-pointers and were shooting 18-for-36 from the field.

However, defense became the stable of the Govs.

In the first 20 minutes, SIUE was shooting 24 percent. When the Govs and Cougars met in January, SIUE nailed three 3-pointers in the first half alone. In the rematch, the Govs held the Cougars to a pair of 3-pointers for the game.

“I got back to dedicating time to really defending and emphasizing it and holding guys accountable defensively,” Figger said. “That has been the difference.”

The Govs forced 18 turnovers, collected 13 steals and held the Cougars to seven assists. The Govs had 20 assists.

Noah Houck is an intern with TNsports360.com. Questions and comments can be directed to jtrodglen@tnsports360.com

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