Recap: Austin Peay vs. Jacksonville St
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Brian Williams led the way with 18 points as the seven-seed Jacksonville State Gamecocks put together a late comeback to rally past the sixth-seed Austin Peay Governors and pick up a 75-70 victory in the final game of the first round of this season's Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.
Darion Rackley added 16 points off the bench for JSU (15-17), while Tarvin Gaines scored 12 points. Ronnie Boggs finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to help the Gamecocks advance to the quarterfinal round, where they will face the third-seeded Morehead State Eagles on Thursday night.
TyShwan Edmondson scored a game-high 22 points for APSU (12-20) while Melvin Baker contributed a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. John Fraley scored 10 points as the Governors had their 11-game winning streak versus JSU snapped.
APSU took a 39-31 lead into halftime after it shot 59.3 percent from the floor and connected on 4-of-6 from three-point range in the opening period. The Gamecocks stayed within striking distance by hitting 44 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half.
JSU rallied back after the break by shooting 48.5 percent from the field and converting 9-of-12 at the charity stripe. The Governors saw their lead shrink as they could only drain 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks took their first lead of the second frame less than five minutes as Williams gave them a 44-43 edge. APSU took back control and was in front, 67-61, with 4:59 left to play. Williams put the Gamecocks in front, 72-70, with 33 seconds left after he drilled a clutch three-pointer. After an APSU turnover, Boggs made it a three-point lead with 18 seconds left. Edmondson missed a game-tying attempt from beyond the arc with 12 seconds left and Williams put it out of a reach with a layup to push his team to the quarterfinals.
JSU made the most of its time at the charity stripe, as it converted 15-of-19 at the foul line. The Governors went 11-of-20 from the free throw line in their five-point loss.Game Notes