Evansville downs Austin Peay 78-74 in OT behind Riley’s 22
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — K.J. Riley scored 22 points — 14 from the free throw line — and Evansville needed overtime to beat Austin Peay 78-74 on Saturday.
Blake Simmons scored 18 points for the Purple Aces and his 3-pointer to start the extra session put Evansville (9-2) ahead for good. Evansville entered the game 8-2 for the third time in four years.
Austin Peay’s Averyl Ugba made a 3-pointer with three seconds left to force the extra session. Terry Taylor made a jumper to put Austin Peay up 61-60 with 1:48 left. Riley made a pair of free throws with 50 seconds left, and two more with 12 seconds to go, before Ugba’s tying shot.
Simmons made a layup with 9:40 to go and gave Evansville a 55-46 lead before Austin Peay (4-6) used a 15-5 run and took the lead on Taylor’s jumper. Taylor scored 10 points during the run.
Taylor, a freshman, finished with a career-high 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Dayton Gumm added 17 points for the Governors.