Scores

Final

Austin Peay 65

(21-10, 16-4 OVC)

Samford 55

(16-16, 12-8 Southern)

    6:30 PM ET, March 2, 2007

    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    PEAY 26 3965
    SAM 20 3555

    Top Performers

    Austin Peay: F. Lockett 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Samford: R. Gulina 21 Pts, 2 Reb

    Austin Peay 65, Samford 55

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fernandez Lockett scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 1 seed Austin Peay fought off pesky Samford 65-55 Friday to advance to the final of the Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournament.

    The Governors (21-10) squandered a six-point halftime lead and trailed the Bulldogs (16-16) by as many as five points in the second half before rallying to advance to Saturday's championship game.

    Trailing 42-37, the Governors went on an 11-2 run, capped off by Drake Reed's basket that gave Austin Peay a 48-44 lead with 7:09 to play. Austin Peay never trailed again after that.

    Austin Peay will face Eastern Kentucky in Saturday's championship at 7 p.m. CST.

    Lockett played all 40 minutes and made 7-of-10 shots from the floor for the Govs, who had a balanced scoring attack.

    Wes Channels scored 14 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute that pushed Austin Peay's lead to 57-49. Reed added 13 points and Derek Wright added 10 for Austin Peay.

    Samford's Randall Gulina scored a game-high 21 points, while Joe Ross Merritt and Travis Peterson added 11 points each. Jerry Smith finished with 10 for Samford.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PEAY
    SAM
    Points 65 55
    FG Made-Attempted 23-50 (.460) 20-42 (.476)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 6-21 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 5

    2006-07 Season

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