Cal Downs Austin Peay
Austin Peay coach Dave Loos isn’t worried that his team is off to a poor start shooting the ball. It’s the way the Governors are running the offense that has Loos more concerned.
Playing without its most experienced player and top rebounder, Austin Peay fell behind by 15 points to No. 22 California in the first six minutes and couldn’t recover, losing to the Golden Bears 72-55 on Tuesday night.
“We were just overwhelmed early and then started playing too fast,” Loos said. “We threw up anything, just happy to get a shot. Give them a lot of credit but we played way too fast early and it resulted in poor quality shots, therefore a poor shooting percentage.”
While he has four of five starters from last season on a team favored to win the OVC, senior center John Fraley didn’t make the trip after sustaining a concussion in the season-opening 80-71 loss Friday at Middle Tennessee.
Josh Terry scored 16 points to lead the Governors (0-2), who scored just 13 in the first half, shot 37.1 percent and missed their initial 13 3-point tries before Herdie Lawrence connected with 12:56 remaining.
Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists, and Harper Kamp added 12 points and nine boards for the Golden Bears (3-0), who just missed a chance to begin the season with three straight 20-point victories for the first time since the 1952-53 team started with four.
Gutierrez and Kamp each scored six of their points in the opening six minutes as Cal (3-0) built a 17-2 lead and wasn’t challenged the rest of the way in the Progressive CBE Classic game.
The Progressive CBE Classic continues on Wednesday with Georgia hosting South Dakota State and Sam Houston State at Notre Dame.
– Associated Press