Bowling Green connection is very strong for Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, TN. (WBKO)-- When Western Kentucky wrapped up nonconference play against Austin Peay at the Dunn Center Friday night, the Governors featured three Bowling Green natives in the starting lineup.

Chris Porter-Bunton (Redshirt junior forward/Warren Central grad), Terry Taylor (Freshman forward/Bowling Green grad), and Dayton Gumm (Freshman guard/South Warren grad) are all making impacts in Clarksville.

"I'm so used to playing against them but now playing with them is fun," Taylor said. "We feed off each other and we know what it's like to be underdogs and fight for each other. It's been great playing with them."

"It's nice to play with people you've played ball with but not on the same team," Porter-Bunton said. "You know, Dayton went to South Warren and Terry to BG, so it's pretty cool."

Porter-Bunton is into his fourth season with the Govs and has had the chance to play in the NCAA Tournament once (2016).

Taylor is coming off an incredibly successful high school career with the Purples that was capped off by the schools' first state championship his senior year.

After a standout career with the Spartans, Gumm spent a postgrad year at 22 Feet Academy and now settling into his new home.

"It was good to have somebody familiar here," Gumm said about playing with his fellow Bowling Green teammates. "At first, I didn't talk much, but now it's like a family now. In high school, it was like that, but now it's even more like a family because we're all so invested and trying to be great at what we're doing."

Porter-Bunton finished the game with three points and six rebounds before fouling out, Taylor was second on the team in scoring with 11 points and six rebounds, while Gumm added seven points and four rebounds.