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Govs season ends with 86-64 loss to Louisville in NCAA contest

March 21, 2003

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Austin Peays NCAA tourney basketball run went up in smoke in a five-minute first-half span Friday night.

Louisville outscored the Govs 18-4 to break open a one-point game as the Cardinals defeated APSU, 86-64, in NCAA East Regional play at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.
March 21, 2003

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Austin Peay's NCAA tourney basketball run went up in smoke in a five-minute first-half span Friday night.

Louisville outscored the Govs 18-4 to break open a one-point game as the Cardinals defeated APSU, 86-64, in NCAA East Regional play at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.

Trailing just 20-19 in the opening half, the Govs watched sloppy ball-handling result in four turnovers, contributing to 10-0 and 18-4 runs. As a result, APSU's deficit grew into double digits. The Govs could get no closer than nine points the rest of the half. The Govs also cut their deficit to nine early in the second half but could not maintain the momentum as Govs' turnovers and hot Louisville shooting undid the Govs.

“We played a very good basketball team tonight,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “During that stretch in the first half we did not handle their defensive pressure very well. We turned the ball over way too many times and we couldn't slow things down. We also couldn't keep them off the offensive board.

“We were successful when we got the ball inside. We got down and attempted to rely on the three. We are not a three-point shooting team. We went 2-of-21 from three.”

Josh Lewis led the Govs with 20 points while Adrian Henning added 17 and Anthony Davis 13.
Luke Whitehead led Louisville with 20 points while Reece Gaines added 18 as the Cardinals shot 50 percent from the floor plus out rebounded the Govs, 44-29.

The loss ends the Govs season at 23-8. It is the second most wins in school history and the first single-digit loss season since the 1976-77 season.