Basketball, Sports

Austin Peay Defeats Tech in Close Game

Austin Peay defeated Tech 58-55 on Jan. 29.

Two Tech basketball players double team a SIUE player.
Keishawn Davidson and Amadou Sylla execute strong defense skills against SIUE at the Hooper Eblen Center on January 20, 2022. Tech defeats SIUE 94 to 76. Photo by Sarah Aku.

The leaders of the game for Tech were for points. Jr.Clay, Tech’s guard, scored 18 points and had a 50% field goal and a 87.5% free-throw.

With rebounds, John Pettway, Tech’s guard, had five rebounds. Four of the rebounds were defensive and one was offensive. Keishawn Davidson, Tech’s guard, had four assists and zero turnovers in 33 minutes of playing.

Elijah Hutchin-Evertt, APSU’s center, had 18 points, 70% field goals and 80% free-throws. Hutchin-Evertt also had eight rebounds, with four being defensive and the other four being offensive. Alec Woodard, APSU’s center, had six assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes of playing.

Tech’s field goal percentage was 40.4 while APSU’s was 45.3. The three-point percentage of Tech was 31.6. APSU’s was 26.3. Tech had 13 turnovers and 29 rebounds while APSU had 18 turnovers and 37 rebounds.

Since December, Tech’s men’s basketball team has played 15 games; six games were at home and nine were on the road.​ Over winter break, Tech went 3- 10.

Tech played Evansville, a Missouri Valley Conference team, on Dec. 4. The final score was 59-51, which resulted in a loss for Tech.

On Dec. 8, Tech played Western Carolina, a Southern Conference team. In another loss for Tech, the game went into overtime and the final score was 74-69.

On Dec. 11, Tech played Troy, a Sun Belt Conference team. The final score was 75-72. While it was a close game, it was still a loss for Tech.

The game on Dec.16 against Kentucky Christian was canceled due to Covid-19.

After a five-game losing streak, Tech defeated Montreat College, an Appalachian Athletic Conference team on Dec. 16. The final score was 117-60.

However, the winning streak did not last long because on Dec. 18, Tech lost to Wright State, a Horizon conference team. The final score was 72-63.

Tech went up against Cincinnati, an American Conference team on Dec.21. The final score was 76-67, another loss for Tech.

On Jan. 13, Tech and Southeast Missouri, an Ohio Valley Conference team, went head to head. The game was postponed, but Tech played Belmont, an OVC team, that day.  This was the start of the OVC play for Tech. Tech lost by a score of 92-77.

Tech played the UT Martian OVC team on Jan. 15.  The final score was 76-70 and Tech won this game.

On Jan.17, Tech played Tennessee State.  The final score was 80-64 and Tech lost this game.

Tech won against SIUE  by a score of 94-76 on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 24, Tech lost against Murray State. The final score was 79-53.

Tech once again played Murray State on Jan. 27 and lost by a score of 80-75.

The Golden Eagles’ next game will be against Morehead State on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.  The next home game will be against Belmont on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. They will then have another home game against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. The Golden Eagles will be on the road for their next two games against Eastern Illinois and SIUE. Eastern Illinois and SIUE’s games are on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m.