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No. 10 Union opens season with 79-69 win

Roland Banhoro

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/6/2010 - The No. 10 ranked Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with a come-from-behind 79-69 victory over Truett-McConnell (Ga.) College. Union is now 1-0, while Truett-McConnell dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Union jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead following a basket from Roland Banhoro and a three pointer from Skyler Vaden. Truett-McConnell answered back with a 12-2 run to lead 12-7 at the 14:39 mark. Truett-McConnell extended their lead up to as many as 11 points (28-17) at the 8:05 mark. Union rallied to get to within one point, 39-38, but a basket from Dustin Jeffords in the final seconds of the first half put Truett-McConnell up 41-38 at the half.

A three pointer from Antoine Joseph at the start of the second half tied the game at 41-41. Union tied the game again a 43-43 and continued to push the lead up to six points, 52-46. Truett-McConnell got back to within one point, at 52-51, but it was Union keeping the lead for the remainder of the game. Union stretched their lead to as many as 12 points late in the game before taking the 79-69 final.

Union was led by Banhoro with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Antoine Joseph also put up a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Skyler Vaden added 14 points and Stan McNeil scored 12 points. Union shot 49 percent from the field, 30 percent (6-20) from behind the arc and 62 percent (21-34) from the free throw line.

Truett-McConnell was led by Roderick Bombard with 16 points and Tyron Louis with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Truett-McConnell shot 41 percent from the field, 24 percent (7-29) from behind the arc and 40 percent (4-10) from the free throw line.

Up next for Union will be two games in the McKendree University Classic in Lebonon, Ill. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13.


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