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Union men’s basketball pulls 84-83 upset at No. 18 Freed-Hardeman

Laventrice Gray

HENDERSON, Tenn. - 1/14/2012 - The Union University men’s basketball team defeated No. 18 Freed-Hardeman University 84-83 Saturday. Union improved to 10-7 on the season and 3-1 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman dropped to 11-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

The win for Union was their sixth win in their past eight games. The only two losses in the past eight games were on the road to ranked teams. This win for Union was the signature win that had eluded the Bulldogs this season until now. Union is now 1-4 versus teams currently ranked in the top-25.

Union controlled the lead for most of the first half, including all of the final 16 minutes. Union led by as many as nine points late in the half, before going into the locker room up 37-30.

The second half started with the Lions out scoring Union 10-2 to quickly pulled ahead, 40-39, in just under two minutes. The next 12 minutes was a back-and-fourth battle. With 7:11 left to play, the game was tied at 62-62. Union’s Laventrice Gray scored two of his team-high 19 points to give Union a lead held for the remainder. Union led by as many as six points down the stretch, while Freed-Hardeman cut the deficit to just one point on two occasions. Daniel Gravatt pulled his team to within one point in the final minute. But Union made 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds to take a four point lead. The Lions got a three pointer at the buzzer to set the final at 84-83.

Union’s Gray led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Dani Marti added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Antoine Hall added 16 points and Skyler Vaden scored 14 points. Union shot 48 percent from the field, 41 percent (9-22) from long range, and 71 percent (17-24) from the free throw line.

Freed-Hardeman was led by Kyle Teichmann with a game-high 27 points. Anthony Sampson added 14 points, Chandler Mack scored 11 points, and Jonathan Milewski scored 10 points. The Lions shot 35 percent from the field, 29 percent (10-34) from behind the arc, and 75 percent (15-20).

Up next for Union will be a home conference game Monday versus Mid-Continent at 8:00 p.m.


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