Austin Peay has not lost at home since Dec. 18 to non-conference opponent Evansville, 80-75.

Since that time the Governors (19-9, 16-3 OVC) have reeled off 10 in a row, including eight inside the Ohio Valley Conference.

But, Eastern Kentucky University (17-11, 12-7) had its chances with a lead Thursday in the Winfield Dunn Center in Clarksville.

AP weathered a late charge and held on for a 77-68 win.

“The thing I’ve always said is toughness defines Austin Peay. They really are a tough-minded team and there are a lot of reasons it is undefeated in this building in the league and 12-1 overall. And those reasons showed up tonight,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said.

After watching a 10-point edge get erased, the Colonels put together a 7-0 run cut the lead to just one point, 69-68, with 1:28 remaining.

Fernandez Lockett answered with a dunk and Drake Reed and Landon Shipley sealed it with free throws before Lockett added a final exclamation dunk.

Just less than seven minutes into the second half, the Colonels watched a 10-point cushion evaporate into a two-point deficit off a 12-0 run by the Govs.

Peay took a five-point halftime deficit and brought it within two, 42-40, before EKU went on a 10-2 run and a 52-42 advantage.

But, AP showed why it has had so much success this season at home. As a bevy of players got involved and eventually took a eight-point edge, 67-59.

“Our guys do have a lot of pride and we knew Austin Peay would come out with some, we knew they were an angry team. We handled their first wave,” Neubauer said. “But, the second wave in the second half we didn’t handle.”

The Govs opened up an eight-point lead, 15-7, before the Colonels began to find a rhythm in the first half.

EKU shot 55.2 percent from the field — 50 percent from three-point range — however, timely threes from Shipley kept AP within five, 40-35, at the break.

The sophomore guard had nine points in the first 20 minutes, all from beyond the arc and at big moments. His second came as the shot clock was winding down and the last came with just seconds left in the half.

Rose led the charge for the Colonels with 16 points on six-of-seven shooting, three-of-four from three-point range.

Freshman Josh Taylor also found his touch from deep, connecting on two-of-three for six points.

Rose finished with a team-high 21 points, while Adam Leonard chipped in with 17.

Wes Channels led the Govs with 22 points, while Shipley added 16, Reed 12 and Lockett 11.

And despite not winning, EKU appears to have secured a home game in the first round of the OVC tournament with a Samford loss to Southeast Missouri State.

“I haven’t had time to think about it yet,” Neubauer said about the home

game. “But life on the road is very difficult.”

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