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The Colonels have struggled bringing energy out of the locker room at halftime all season.

It happened again on Monday.

EKU trailed by just two points at the break, but was out-scored 19-10 by Austin Peay in the third quarter. The Governors (12-8, 10-6 OVC) used that momentum to pull away for a 65-49 win at McBrayer Arena.

Jayla Johnson and Bria Bass each had 13 points for the Colonels (8-14, 7-11 OVC), who were playing their first home game since Feb. 6.

So far this season, EKU has been out-scored 399-322 in the third quarter.

The loss keeps the Colonels in ninth place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings with two games left in the regular season. EKU is a game behind Eastern Illinois (10-13, 8-10 OVC).

Only the top eight teams advance to the OVC Tournament next month in Evansville, Ind.

EKU trailed 48-37 after three quarters. The Colonels, though, chipped the lead to six points, 53-47, after a Bass lay up but could never get any closer.

The Govs answered with a 10-0 run capped off by a D’Shara Booker free-throw to take the lead, 63-47, and take full control of the game.

The two teams traded points for much of the first quarter, but the Colonels ended the quarter on 5-0 run to tie the game at 19-19. Both teams struggled in the second quarter, but the Govs scored the final four points of the first half to take a 29-27 lead into the break.

Kendall Wingler had 12 points and four rebounds for EKU. Alice Recanati had four points. Emma Hacker had three points, while Corriana Evans and Clara Rosini had two points each.

Booker led the way posting a game-best 21 points and nine rebounds for the Govs. Brandi Ferby had 10 points off the bench.

EKU shot 34 percent from the field. UT Martin shot 41 percent.

The Colonels shot 13-of-15 from the free throw line.

EKU is set to return to action Thursday at home against Belmont.

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