CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Nick Murphy became Jacksonville State's 1,000-point scorer on Monday night, but Austin Peay controlled the night by handing the Gamecocks a 83-63 defeat at Dave Aaron Arena.
The Governors (15-12, 9-6 Ohio Valley Conference) shot 60 percent from the floor and led from wire-to-wire to remain perfect at home against the Gamecocks (11-15, 7-9 OVC) in seven all-time meetings. APSU gave Jax State its second-straight loss while putting an end to a two-game skid of its own.
One of the few highlights for the Gamecocks on the night, Murphy joined Walker Russell and Jay Knowlton as the school's only 1,000-point scorers since moving to Division I in 1995-96 and the 20th in the program's history. The Bronx, N.Y., native ran his career total to 1,007 points after scoring 10 points in the JSU loss. He was just 3-for-10 from the line and 4-for-7 from the free throw line to join sophomores Dominique Shellman and John Barnes as the only Gamecocks to score in double figures.
Shellman and Barnes each pitched in 13 points for the Gamecocks in the loss, while fellow sophomore Stephen Hall scored eight to go along with his team-high nine rebounds. Junior Trenton Marshall, the OVC's leading scorer, scored just three points after playing only 15 minutes because of foul trouble. It was just the second time this season the Garyville, La., native has failed to score in double figures.
The Govs got double figures from four players and at least six points from four more to roll to the win. Anthony Campbell scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the first half, while Wes Channels added 12 for the Govs, while Tyrone Caldwell and Caleb Brown each pitched in 11.
The Govs won every phase of the game, outrebounding the Gamecocks, 38-88, and holding the Gamecocks to a 35 percent shooting percentage and a7-for-27 night from behind the arc.
The first half started slowly but was all Austin Peay. The Govs turned it up a notch and turned what was a 17-12 lead with just under 12 minutes to play into a 45-27 lead at the half. They shot 74 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and held JSU to a 37 percent shooting percentage to take command of the game.
JSU would not be able to get any closer than 13 in the second half and trailed by as many as 23 as the clock ran down.
The Gamecocks will head to Nashville, where they will face Tennessee State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a game that will serve as a make up for their earlier date that was postponed because of a leak in the roof of the Gentry Center.