KANSAS CITY, Tenn. - 3/19/2010 - The University of Montana Western closed out the first round of the 2010 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship with an 82-79 upset victory over No. 10 Union (Tenn.) University late Thursday evening at Municipal Auditorium.
Union ended their season with a 26-8 record. Montana Western collected its fifth win in its last six games to move to 25-9 on the year.
Montana Western grabbed the lead for good with 5:22 remaining and held on down the stretch thanks in large part to its success at the free throw line. Montana Western was a perfect 10-for-10 in the last 1:04 of play, including eight straight over the final 38 seconds. Senior guard Layne Glaus, who was 11-for-14 overall from the free throw line, hit all six of his attempts in the last minute. As a team, Montana Western was 24-of-30 (80 percent) from the foul line.
Layne, who had earlier missed two shots from the line with less than two minutes to go, made four straight to help Montana Western cling to an 80-77 lead with 12.3 seconds remaining. Union scored on a short jumper by senior forward Keith Tolliver with 6.3 seconds on the clock to cut the deficit to 80-79. Sophomore guard Brandon Brown was fouled on the inbounds, and his two free throws extended the lead back to three points for Montana Western. Union was able to get off one final shot, but senior forward Greg Truvillion was off the mark with a 25-footer just before the final buzzer sounded.
The Union/Montana Western contest was close throughout. There were 14 lead changes in the game, including nine in the second half. Montana Western took its largest lead at 17-12 after a free throw by Brown with 11:36 to play in the first half. Union’s biggest lead came later in the half at 31-24 after a pair of free throws by senior guard Tacuma Alexander with 3:21 remaining in the period.
Truvillion posted game-high totals of 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Union. Truvillion was 14-of-16 from the free throw line in the effort. Alexander finished with 17 points, while junior guard Antoine Joseph and junior guard Stan McNeil each registered 11 points.
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