CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's basketball team, even though outscoring their opponent, 50-44 in the second half, showed great stride on Saturday night in an exhibition game with NCAA Division I opponent Austin Peay. The Governors took the contest, 95-78, from the Dunn Center.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Sewanee (15-12, 7-7 SAA, 2016-17) at Austin Peay (11-19, 7-9 OVC, 2016-17)
Final Score: APSU 95, Sewanee 78
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Austin Peay sprinted out to a 51-28 halftime lead, but the Tigers, thanks to three players in double figures, outscored the Govs, 50-44, in the final 20 minutes. Hunter Buescher led the way with 14 points. Sean McDonough drained four 3-pointers for 12 points, while Adrian Thomas dropped 10 second half points.
-In the second half, the Tigers finished with a 53.1 percent mark (17-for-32) from the field, with seven of those 17 shots from downtown.
-Defense was a key factor for the Tigers in the contest. Forcing 23 turnovers, the Tigers scored 18 points off of those turnovers.
-Despite a 16-2 run by APSU in the final 5:07 of the first half, Sewanee was able to get the deficit down to 14 points twice in the second half.
-The Tigers showed great three-point shooting, especially in the left corner. The Tigers made 11 shots from downtown to the Governors' eight.
-Freshman Luke Smith played 36 minutes in the exhibition, scoring 23 points on 7-for-17 shooting. The Knoxville, Tenn. native also recorded four assists and two steals.
-Buescher scored 16 points with four assists and two steals.
-Thomas and McDonough finished the contest with 12 points each.
-Matt Lee led the Tigers with five rebounds in 22 minutes played.
Sewanee will open the 2017-18 schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 15 with the home opener against Emory and Henry. Tip off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Juhan Gymnasium.