Austin Peay got a game-high 21 points from Todd Babington, who canned 6 of 12 three-pointers in the losing cause. Derek Wright added 16 points and Fernandez Lockett added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Governors.
Tennessee State took the early lead on a steal and dunk by Gerald Robinson (18:23), but Austin Peay gained control over the next five minutes to build an eight-point (15-7) lead at 13:33. TSU fought back to gain a tie (23-23) at 7:31, but again the Governors spurted out to a 42-33 lead at halftime.
TSU chipped away at the APSU lead, and using an 18-7 run, took the lead 51-49 on senior Reiley Erving’s 3-pointer with 11:36 remaining. TSU ran out to a 62-52 lead with 8:20 on a pair of 3-pointers by senior LaDarious Weaver. The Tigers held as much as a 12-point lead (67-55) at the 6:05 mark, before APSU mounted a comeback of their own. The Governors closed the score to 70-67 (01:23) on an Ernest Field tip-in and FT, but were never able to close the final gap against TSU.
TSU shot 39% (24-61) from the floor, 39% (9-23) from three-point range and 55% (16-29) from the FT line. APSU hit 40% (21-52) from the field, 35% (8-23) from beyond the arc and 68% (19-28) from the charity stripe.