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Austin Peay Beats UT Martin 83-73 For OVC Title

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Mar 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-05 23:18:00-05

Freshman Jared Savage scored 24 points, hitting 8 of 14 from 3, as Austin Peay upset No. 2 seed UT Martin 83-73 Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth with its fourth win in as many days.

The Governors (18-17) won their sixth straight overall for their first OVC title since 2008 and fifth overall. This will be their sixth NCAA Tournament berth after upsetting the league's regular season champ to reach the final.

Austin Peay hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to help coach Dave Loos celebrate his 69th birthday. Josh Robinson added 20 points, Khalil Davis 14 points, and John Murry 11.

The league's Western Division champ, UT Martin (19-14) was looking for its first OVC tournament title. Twymond Howard led the Skyhawks with 24 points, Jacolby Mobley had 15, and Alex Anderson 14.