HENDERSON, Tenn. - 12/9/2011 - The Union University men’s basketball team posted their second straight victory with an 82-73 win over William Carey (Miss.) University in the Freed-Hardeman University Classic. Union improved to 6-5 on the season. William Carey (5-4), who is receiving votes in the latest NAIA rankings, had their 5-game winning streak snapped.
William Carey opened the game with a 6-0 run, followed by Union responding to tie the game at 8-8. The Crusaders then scored seven straight points as a part of a 17-6 run to lead by as many as 11 points with 11:28 left in the half.
Union slowly began to cut into the lead. After pulling even with William Carey at 32-32, Union took their first lead of the game 37-36 on a three pointer from Dani Marti at the 2:48 mark. Union led by as many as four late in the half, before taking a 40-38 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, William Carey tied the game twice early in the half, but was never able to overtake the Bulldogs. Union extended their lead to 70-55 at the 6:28 mark. However, William Carey did not go away and over the next four minutes, outscored Union 15-3 to cut the deficit to just three points with 2:32 left. Union was able to hold off the Crusaders by making 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Union was led by Anthony Freeman, Jr. with 20 points. Antoine Hall added 19 points and Dani Marti scored 11 points. David Lane recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Union shot 48 percent from the field, 38 percent (9-24) from long range, and 74 percent (25-34) from the free throw line.
William Carey was led by Roderick Little with a game-high 22 points. Brandon Givens added 19 points and Phillip McCray with scored 11 points. The Crusaders shot 50 percent from the field, 42 percent (8-19) from long range, and 80 percent (11-15) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be their final game before the Christmas break when the Bulldogs host Emmanuel (Ga.) Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
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