Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cancun Challenge - Austin Peay

Just as Western Kentucky had their way with the Catamounts Saturday night, DePaul rolled past Austin Peay State University, 98-67, Saturday afternoon in second-round action of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, played at Allstate Arena in Rosemount, Ill.

The Catamounts will now face Austin Peay Governors at 1:30 pm ET at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the third round of games in the Cancun Challenge.

The Governors were picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference's newly-formed West Division, trailing defending champion league champ Murray State and Southeast Missouri.

Coming off a 12-20 season, the Governors had to replace four starters from last season's team.  Guards Jerome Clyburn (6.3 ppg) and Herdie Lawrence (3.7 ppg), who shared the point guard duties last year will return, as will forward Will Triggs, who averaged 6.2 ppg and 3.9 rpg.

Forward Anthony Campbell returns, but is coming back from a second ACL tear operation in two years. Campbell only played in 10 games in each of the last two seasons before suffering knee injuries, but hopes to end his career on a strong note this season.  The Governors added a talented scorer in junior college transfer Travis Betran (guard) in the off season.

APSU is currently 1-2 on the season, with a season opening home win over Samford (75-64) and two losses in the Cancun Challenge.  The Governors lost to WKU (74-54) in the first round, and to the DePaul Blue Demons (98-67).

Dave Loos serves as the head basketball coach, as well as the athletics director. Loos is the dean of Ohio Valley Conference basketball coaches, also is the longest-serving athletics director at his university-he currently is in his 14th year.