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.