Vols’ stunning loss to APSU says it all
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 7:01 pm
By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin took a few extra minutes but remained his calm, collected self when he entered the Volunteers’ locker room. He felt a loss to a one-win team should speak for itself.
Austin Peay overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and shut down the Vols in the closing minutes to grab a 74-70 victory on Saturday.
“Hopefully it’s a wakeup call,” Martin said.
The Vols (3-5) thought they were finally getting a break after a brutal early season schedule that included three AP Top 25 opponents. Instead they ended up with a third-straight loss.
Tennessee had a week off after its last game, a 61-56 loss to No. 15 Pittsburgh, to focus on exams. The Vols started sluggishly and couldn’t draw much support from the stands, thinned because of an early tipoff time and because the university’s winter break meant few students were in town.
The Governors (2-9) were coming off their only other win, an overtime victory against Arkansas State on Monday, and had never beaten Tennessee in eight previous tries. They were picked in the preseason to win the Ohio Valley Conference but have struggled through a stretch that’s included seven true road games, two neutral-site games and only two home games.
“This is really huge for us going forward,” Austin Peay coach Dave Loos said.
TyShwan Edmondson hit a floater with 16 seconds to go and Josh Terry hit a free throw with two seconds left as Austin Peay beat Tennessee 74-70 on Saturday to get its second win of the season.
The Vols led by 11 points with 6:27 to play and held a 68-62 lead with 4:40 to play but would only get one more basket, a jumper by Jordan McRae that made it 70-66 with 2:39 left. Melvin Baker answered for the Govs with a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game. Published in The Messenger 12.12.11