JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/11/2012 - The Union University men’s basketball team lost at home to Freed-Hardeman University 73-70. Union dropped to 16-10 on the season and 9-3 in league play. Freed-Hardeman improved to 17-8 overall and 7-4 in the TranSouth.
Union scored the first eight points of the game on their way to a 21-6 lead after six minutes of play. Union led by 15 points again later in the half at 24-9.
However, Freed-Hardeman outscored Union 64-46 over the final 30 minutes of play. The Lions posted a 9-0 run to cut the Union lead down to six points, only to be stopped momentarily by a three pointer from Union’s Antoine Hall. Freed-Hardeman continued to rally and with 5:08 left in the half, had cut the lead down to just two points. Union answered and stretched their lead back to seven points, but a late flurry by the lions in the final seconds of the half, set the halftime lead for Union at 38-35
In the second half, Union seemed to regain control and with 15:26 left in the game, had their lead back to double figures at 48-38. But once again, the Lions rallied with a 20-10 run over the next seven minutes to tie the game at 58-58. The game produced three ties and three lead changes over the final eight minutes.
Union took the lead 70-69 after Skyler Vaden converted a three-point play with 1:13 left to play. After turnover by Freed-Hardeman with 55 seconds left, Union had the ball and the lead. However, a missed shot and a tip out by the Lions created a fast break. Jonathan Milewski drained a 3-pointer for the Lions with 19 seconds left to give his team the 72-70 lead. Union missed on their next shot and Kyle Teichmann pulled down the rebound for the Lions. With five seconds left, Teichman made one of two free throw, giving Union one last chance to tie. However, David Lane’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was long.
Union was led by Antony Freeman, Jr. and Hall with 13 points each. Vaden added 12 points. Leventrice Gray and Lane each scored nine points. Union shot 44 percent from the field, 33 percent (8-24) from 3-point range, and 77 percent (10-13) from the free throw line.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Teichmann with 20 points. Anthony Sampson added 16 points, while Milewski scored 11 points. The Lions shot 42 percent from the field, 33 percent (6-18) from long range, and 79 percent (15-19) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be another home conference game Monday, February 13 versus Cumberland at 8:00 p.m.
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