CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - 1/2/2010 - The Union University men’s basketball team posted their first win of the new year with a 76-68 win at Campbellsville (Ky.) University. No. 19 Union, playing for the first time in 20 days, improved to 9-4 on the season. Campbellsville, who is receiving votes in the latest ranking, dropped to 11-4.
Union avenged an earlier home loss to Campbellsville, 57-50, back in the fourth game of the season. Union is 7-2 since that loss.
The game opened with a three-point play from Union’s Stan McNeil. That play sparked a big start for a Union team that was playing without All-American and leading scorer Greg Truvillion.
Union dominated the first 14 minutes of play as they jumped out to an 18 point lead, 31-13, with six minutes left in the half. However, the home Tigers of Campbellsville rallied by outscoring Union 21-9 over the remained of the half to cut their halftime deficit to 40-34.
Union opened the second half by scoring the first six points, pushing their back up to 12 points. But once again it was Campbellsville rallying to keep the game close. Union led 48-36 with 19 minutes to play, but over the next nine minutes, Campbellsville posted a 20-7 run to take their first lead of the contest, 56-55 at the 10 minute mark.
But just as quick as Union gave up the lead, the Bulldogs regained the lead for good on a basket from Roland Banhoro. Banhoro posted a career high 21 points and was bested only by teammate Tacuma Alexander with 24 points, just one point shy of his career high.
The Tigers remained close, but Union pushed their lead back up to as many as eight points in the final minute. Alexander scored nine of his game high 24 points in the final six minutes, including four-of-four from the free throw line. Union sank four-of-four free throws in the final 40 seconds to help seal the road win.
Union was led by Alexander and Banhoro with 24 and 21 points respectively. McNeil added 10 points while Alan North was two-of-two from behind the arc for his six points. The Bulldogs shot 58 percent from the field, 45 percent (5-11) from behind the arc and 88 percent (15-17) from the free throw line.
Campbellsville was led by Nestor Colmenares with 17 points. JaVaughn Espritt and Joe Robinson and 13 and 10 points respectively. Campbellsville shot 40 percent from the field, 27 percent (3-11) from three point range and 69 percent (11-16) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be their final non-conference game of the regular season as they host William Carey (Miss.) on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.
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