CHARLESTON, Ill. — The struggle for Eastern Illinois continues.
Despite career performances from Demetrius McReynolds and Muusa Dama, the Panthers fell to Austin Peay, 92-84. The Governors shot 54.2% from the field to complete their second consecutive win.
“It’s getting pretty frustrating,” said McReynolds. “At the beginning of the game, they were making everything. [In] the second half, we tried to pick up our defensive intensity but just couldn’t get no stops.”
The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.
Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.
Last season, the Austin Peay Governors were one of the biggest surprises come NCAA Tournament time.
As the 8-seed, they came away with the Ohio Valley Conference tournament title, punching their ticket to the Big Dance in the process. Senior forward Chris Horton led the way for the Governors.
This season, with Horton having graduated following Austin Peay’s run to the tournament, Josh Robinson has taken on a lead role for the team. With the junior guard leading the way, the Governors have gone 3-2 to start the season.
Over the past seven days, Austin Peay went 3-1 over their four games, three of which were apart of the Tarkett Sports Classic in Oxford, OH.
Austin Peay went 2-1 in the event, thanks in large part to the play of Robinson.
Friday had a little bit of everything in the college basketball world.
From semi-finals of the Gildan Charleston Classic and the Tire Pros Invitational, to the Michigan Wolverines routing the SMU Mustangs to win the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, there was plenty of high-quality basketball on display all day long.
In terms of individual performances, Friday was all about the juniors, as several carried their teams to victory.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
The Austin Peay Governors were one of the first teams to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament this season, completing an improbable run through the Ohio Valley Conference tournament en route to the Big Dance.
As the 8-seed, the Governors were the first team to win the conference tournament as an 8-seed. If they keep playing the way that they did over the past four days, they could be a trendy upset pick in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
A big reason for their strong play over the last week has been the play of their big man inside.
Senior forward Chris Horton put together an impressive week that could have been even more impressive if it wasn’t for a minor ankle injury that he sustained in the tournament finale.
The 6’8” forward has enjoyed a strong career with Austin Peay, and it all culminates with an NCAA Tournament berth this coming March.