The Racers worked to block shots and block out insults as they took on the Austin Peay State Saturday night at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn. Jeering fans in red and black didn’t distract the men as they pulled ahead of the Governors in the first half.
Austin Peay put the first point of the game on the board as junior forward Chris Horton went one for two on free throws after being fouled by senior forward Jonathan Fairell. Sophomore Point guard Cameron Payne put up a 3-pointer less than a minute later to give the Racers their first lead of the game.
With just under 15 minutes to play in the first half, the Governors’ junior guard Khalil Davis tied the game by sinking two free throws. He claimed the lead on their next possession with a layup and the Governors controlled the game for the next three minutes, until Payne put two on the board with a jumpshot.
The Racers maintained the lead for the remainder of the half. Senior guard T.J. Sapp made two free throws just a second before the clock timed out, making the score 42-26 as they entered the locker room.
The Racers maintained their lead in the second half. A dunk by senior forward Jonathan Fairell gave the men their largest lead of the game with 16 minutes left to play, 51-30. The Governors closed the score gap to just nine with 3:45 left to play, but were unable to get any closer than that.
Fairell, senior forward Jarvis Williams and Sapp all fouled out in the last few minutes of the game. The clock timed out and the Racers claimed their 19th straight win 82-72 on the road.