12/2/2010 12:00:00 AM
Men's Basketball Falls to Austin Peay, 78-60 in OVC Opener
Dec. 2, 2010
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 15-point first half deficit, losing to Austin Peay, 78-60 at the Show Me Center in their Ohio Valley Conference opener on Thursday night.
The Redhawks (0-7, 0-1 OVC) managed to cut into that deficit thanks to an 18-6 run to make it a one-point game, 51-50 with 9:48 remaining.
Senior guard Anthony Allison was the catalyst of that run, scoring nine of his game-high 20 points during that span. The comeback was capped by his reverse lay-in, getting fouled in the process, and subsequent made free throw.
The Govs (4-4, 1-0 OVC) put the game away by scoring the game’s final 12 points and holding the Redhawks without a point the final 3:24 of the game.
The Redhawks opened the game by scoring the first points on a Nate Schulte lay-up. From there it was all Govs as they scored 25 of the next 31 points. Anthony Campbell contributed 14 of those points.
A Leon Powell dunk at the 4:42 mark cut the Govs lead to ten, 31-21 but they answered with a 10-3 run to push the lead back to 17, 41-24.
Another Powell dunk with 00:34 seconds left in the half made it a 15 point game at the half.
The Govs shot 50-percent in the first half including 60-percent from beyond the three-point arc. The Redhawks shot 45-percent.
Eleven Redhawk turnovers hurt, leading to 13 points. The Govs also out-scored the Redhawks in the transition game, 12-2.
In the second half, the Redhawks offense improved as they shot 50-percent from the field.
However they struggled from the charity stripe, making just 10 of their 22 attempts. The Govs converted 20 of their 25 attempts from the free throw line.
The Redhawks had the edge in rebounding, 29-27.
Allison's offensive output matched his career-high as he shot 9-17 from the field. He also led all players with three steals, setting a new career best.
Powell was a perfect 5-5 from the field and went 4-6 from the charity stripe, leading to 14 points. He extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to seven to start the season.
Powell also recorded a game-high seven rebounds.
Schulte recorded his first double-digit scoring game as a Redhawk in his first career start with 11 points. He finished with six rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore Marland Smith added nine points off the bench.
The Govs had four players in double-figures led by Campbell's 19 points, of which only five came in the second half. He was 7-12 from the field including 3-6 from beyond the arc.
Tyshwan Edmondson scored 14 points and handed out a game-high six assists.
The Redhawks resume their homestand on Saturday as they host Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center.