NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State got an 18-point and a career-high 19-rebound performance from junior forward Clarence Matthews to pave the way to an 80-58 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Austin Peay Monday night.
Matthews converted all nine field goal attempts and the Tigers shot 55 percent form the field as a team in the victory. TSU improves to 10-13 and 9-8 in the OVC while APSU falls to 15-12 and 10-8.
"This was a big win for our team and our first win over Austin Peay since I have been here," said TSU third-year head coach Cy Alexander. "It was certainly a solid performance by our team and important as we look to improve our position in the conference race."
In addition to Matthews performance, Wayne Arnold fired in 27 points, keyed by 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Kareem Grant added 18 and Reiley Ervin 13 as the Tigers placed four players in double figures.
TSU never trailed in the game and raced to a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes, keyed by a pair of 3-pointers from Arnold. The Tigers built as much as 18-point lead before taking a 42-28 advantage into halftime.
The Tigers opened as much as a 28-point lead (57-29) at the 14:26 mark. APSU would get no closer than 13 points which came at the 2:48 mark.
The Govs were led by Maurice Hampton who scored 24 points. Zac Schlader added 12, all coming in the second half. The Govs shot 37 percent (18-49) from the field.