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Union men’s basketball rolls in Niven’s first game as head coach

Keith Tolliver

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/7/2009 - The No. 11 Union University Bulldogs cruised to a 108-51 victory over William Woods (Mo.) University in the head coaching debut of David Niven. Union starts the season 1-0, while William Woods dropped to 1-2 on the season.

After 12 years as an assistant for Union, Niven began his head coaching career with a win in front of the Union Homecoming crowd.

Union jumped out to a 7-0 lead early, but William Woods rallied back to tie the game at 13-13 at the 15 minute mark. Union closed out the half with a 45-9 run to push their lead to the biggest of the half at 36 points, 58-22.

In the second half, Union posted another 50 points, extending their lead to as many as 63 points on two occasions. The last coming 108-45, before William Woods added two late three pointers to set the final score at 108-51.

Union posted great shooting throughout the game. The Bulldogs shot 54 percent from the field, 43 percent (13-30) from behind the arc and 82 percent (9-11) from the free throw line.

Ten of the 12 players for Union scored in the game with six players in double figures, led by senior guard Keith Tolliver with a game-high 20 points. Samuel Danache scored 10 points in his first game as a Bulldog. Alan North added 16 points including four from long range. Greg Truvillion, last season’s leading scorer, added 12 points with his first points not coming until just before the half. Roland Banhoro added a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

William Woods was led by Seth Thomas with 13 points, including three from behind the arc. Dan Anderson added eight points. The Owls shot just 28 percent from the field, 28 percent (6-21) from behind the arc and 50 percent (9-18) from the free throw line.

Up next for Union will be a home game on Monday, Nov. 9 versus No. 25 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University at 7:00 p.m.


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