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Govs gain NIT bid

Austin Peays mens basketball team received its first post-season National Invitational Tournament bid ever Sunday and will have a home game to boot.

As a result, the 21-9 Governors will be putting their 28-game home winning streak, tied for the nations second longest, on the line when they play 21-8 Belmont, 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Dave Aaron Arena in an opening-round contest.
Austin Peay's men's basketball team received its first post-season National Invitational Tournament bid ever Sunday and will have a home game to boot.

As a result, the 21-9 Governors will be putting their 28-game home winning streak, tied for the nation's second longest, on the line when they play 21-8 Belmont, 7 p.m., Wednesday, in Dave Aaron Arena in an opening-round contest.

“We are honored to have the chance to represent the Ohio Valley Conference in the NIT,” says APSU Head Coach and Athletics Director Dave Loos. “We have developed a very good rivalry with Belmont and are looking forward to the competition again.

“I am grateful that our players will have a chance to continue playing. After the outstanding year they had, it would have been disappointing had they not had the opportunity to play in post-season.”

The Governors recently completed a 16-0 OVC regular season—the first team in league history to go 16-0 and the first to go unbeaten in 34 years—before losing to Murray State, 66-60, in the league tourney championship game.

The Governors got off to a 3-7 start, the first loss a hard-to-swallow 68-65 one at Belmont, Nov. 24, sending the Govs on their downward spiral. In that game, the Governors battled back from an 11-point deficit in the game before owning a six-point advantage with five minutes remaining. But the three-point shooting Bruins outscored the Govs 13-5 to end the game and came away with the victory.

The Govs are 18-2 since Jan. 1, those 18 wins ranking as the second most in the country during 2004 as of March 14.

For ticket information, call the APSU Ticket Office at 7761.
—Brad Kirtley