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Basketball Govs hit road for first time at old rival WKU | APSU

APSUAustin Peay will attempt to go 2-0 for the second time in three seasons as it travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to face former Ohio Valley Conference rival Western Kentucky, 7 p.m., Tuesday, in E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Governors are coming off a 75-64 home win against Samford-only the fifth time in Dave Loos’ 23 seasons APSU opened the season at home.

The Govs played solidly on both ends of the court, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor while limiting Samford to only 38.6 percent field-goal shooting, including only 2-of-24 from the floor.

Four Govs scored in double figures, led by Will Triggs’ 15 points. Meanwhile, Chris Freeman came off the bench to record his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds-10 of the points and 11 of the rebounds came in the final half.

Meanwhile, junior guard Travis Betran was named OVC Newcomer of the Week after scoring 13 points, including a trio of three pointers, while also providing a hard-nosed defensive effort.

APSU started two freshmen in the opener, center Chris Horton and point guard AJ Lynch while the other two freshmen, Corey Arentsen and Preston Herring also played meaningful minutes.

Meanwhile, WKU erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime but fell 67-64 in overtime on  the road at Southern Miss, Saturday night.

Senior Jamal Crook led the Hilltoppers with a game-high 17 points while sophomore Kevin Kaspar hit a career-high four three-point field goals and finished with 13 points. George Fant added 10 points.

Defense continues to be the Hilltoppers trademark under coach Ray Harper, who took over in the second half of last season and led WKU to a stunning Sun Belt tourney title along with an NCAA tourney appearance.  In the opener, the Hilltoppers held Southern Miss to just 36.7 percent shooting.

-AP-

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