HENDERSON, Tenn. - 2/21/2009 - After leading by 17 points midway through the second half, No. 4 Union University could not hold on late as No. 14 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University rallied for the 75-73 win. Union dropped to 22-5 on the season and 11-2 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman improved to 21-8 overall and 12-3 in league play.
Union still holds a one game lead for first place in the TranSouth Conference standings with just three games remaining.
Both teams started the game matching buckets with neither team able to pull away. Then with 5:53 left in the first half, Union pushed their 26-24 lead to 47-36 at the half, thanks to a 21-12 run.
In the second half, Union continued to dominate the home Lions as they extended their lead to as many as 17 points, 62-45 at the 11:27 mark. It was then that Union’s offense when cold, while Freed-Hardeman began to make shots. Union still led by 15 points, 65-50 with 7:08 left, but went the next five minutes without a field goal, and just two made free throws. Freed-Hardeman posted a 24-7 run over a 10 minute stretch and with 1:16 left in the game, the Lions had caught the Bulldogs at 69-69.
Union’s Greg Truvillion stopped the bleeding momentarily with a basket to help Union regain the lead at 71-69. But Zach Frey of FHU sank a three pointer to give the Lions their first lead since early in the first half. Union’s Keith Tolliver then made two free throws to give Union the lead 73-72 with 32 seconds remaining. Frey sank two free throws on the offensive end, and then blocked a Union shot on the defensive end to help seal the game. A late free throw by the Lions put the final at 75-73.
Union was led by Matt Neaville with 13 points. Brian Lake scored 12 points in the loss, while Antoine Joseph added 11 points. Truvillion and Alan North each added 10 points. Union shot 46-percent from the field, 37-percent (10-27) from three point range, and 73-percent (11-15) from the free throw line.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Kristopher Smith with 26 points, including 4-of-6 three pointers. Shun Trevillian scored 17 points and Zach Frey added 10 points. The Lions shot 48-percent from the field, 38-percent (9-24) from behind the arc, and 60-percent (12-20) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home game on Tuesday, February 24 at 8:00 pm with Trevecca Nazarene University.
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