COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Jud Dillard was the brightest star on a night when Tennessee Tech had several standout performances on the way to claiming a convincing 70-52 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Austin Peay Saturday night in Eblen Center.
Dillard recorded his seventh double-double of the season, posting game-high numbers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He flirted with a triple-double as he also contributed a team-best eight assists along with two steals.
Tech improved to 8-12 overall and 2-6 in OVC play, and also took a one-game edge in the long-running series with the Governors, 69-68. It was also Tech's fifth consecutive win over Austin Peay. The Govs slipped to 5-17 overall and 1-7 in the OVC West Division.
Joining Dillard in producing winning numbers, Freshman Anthony Morse scored a career-high 10 points and added six rebounds, and junior Dennis Ogbe added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Travis Betran and Anthony Campbell led the Govs with 14 points each, while Will Triggs added 13 points and five rebounds. Anthony Campbell also netted 11.
The Golden Eagles came out in unison to open the contest, charging to a 13-2 lead in the first three minutes. Freshman Anthony Morse notched the first two baskets, and added a dunk shortly after Jeremiah Samarrippas hit a 3-pointer.
The Govs rallied briefly behind a jumper from Will Triggs and a 3-pointer by Travis Betran, pulling the visitors to within six at 13-7, but that was as close as Tech allowed APSU in the 0pening 20 minutes.
A balanced effort over the next seven minutes saw Tech open the lead to 13 points, where it stood until Cory Arentsen's 3-pointer made it 33-21 with 4:11 remaining in the half.
The Golden Eagles scored the next seven points, and closed the half on an 11-2 run to head to the break with a 44-23 lead.
Austin Peay challenged one time in the second half, going on a 10-0 run to cut Tech's lead from 24 points down to 14. Triggs scored six of the 10 in the run.
Tech answered with an 11-2 run of its own, including eight from Dillard, to build the difference back to 23 points at 62-39, with 7:46 to play.
After shooting 58 percent in the first half, Tech finished the night hitting 49.1 percent (27-for-55) from the field and claiming a 36-27 edge in rebounds. The Govs hit 40.4 percent (19-for-47).
The Golden Eagles hit the road for their next two OVC encounters, visiting Tennessee State on Thursday night at Belmont Saturday night.