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A perfect ending: Govs, Lady Govs claim OVC regular-season titles

Austin Peay achieved history Saturday night as the Governors defeated Eastern Kentucky, 81-64, and became the first team in the Ohio Valley Conference to finish league play at 16-0.

The Govs also became only the fourth team to go unbeaten, joining the 1948-49 Western Kentucky team (8-0), as well as the 1965-66 and the 1969-70 Hilltoppers (14-0). Almost lost in the historic victory was the Governors 27th straight home victory, the fifth longest home streak in the nation and now the longest in Austin Peay history.
Austin Peay achieved history Saturday night as the Governors defeated Eastern Kentucky, 81-64, and became the first team in the Ohio Valley Conference to finish league play at 16-0.

The Govs also became only the fourth team to go unbeaten, joining the 1948-49 Western Kentucky team (8-0), as well as the 1965-66 and the 1969-70 Hilltoppers (14-0). Almost lost in the historic victory was the Governors 27th straight home victory, the fifth longest home streak in the nation and now the longest in Austin Peay history.

“This is just an unbelievable achievement by an incredible group of guys,” says APSU Men's Basketball Coach and Athletics Director Dave Loos. “To go through last year and win both championships was one thing. But to come back this year, come back with that big target on their back, and to go 16-0, what can you say? This is just a special group of guys.

“I just love these guys and the way they play basketball.”

In addition, with a 94-72 victory against Tennessee Tech Feb. 24, the Lady Govs claimed the OVC regular-season title in women's basketball, successfully defending their 2002-03 crown. They are only the third team in conference history to claim back-to-back outright titles, joining Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee.

OVC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher presented the Governors and Lady Govs their respective regular-season championship trophies.

Tickets for tonight's first-round OVC tourney action went on sale to the general public Monday, March 1. The Lady Govs will play Morehead State at 5:30 p.m., and the Govs will take on Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. in a doubleheader at home.

The APSU Ticket Office will be open for ticket sales at 4:30 p.m. today. All tickets will be sold on a reserved basis.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for Austin Peay students, $5 for high school students and younger. The OVC also has granted a $5 ticket for all military and their dependents.
—Brad Kirtley and Cody Bush