HATTIESBURG, Miss. - 11/20/2010 - The No. 10 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team fell 85-75 at William Carey (Miss.) University. Union (3-2) dropped their second straight game. William Carey, who is receiving votes in the NAIA rankings, improved to 4-1 on the season.
Union scored first in the game with two free throws from Roland Banhoro. However, the William Carey Crusaders rattled off 11 straight points to go up 11-2 at the 15:01 mark. William Carey kept a comfortable lead for most of the of the first half, including their largest lead of 12, 25-13, at the 6:28 mark.
But the Bulldogs of Union stormed back over the final six minutes of the first half. Union outscored William Carey 22-9 to take the 35-34 halftime lead.
In the second half, William Carey scored the first basket on a jumper by Marcus Spann to take the lead. Union never led again. Union did not score their first points of the second half until Shane Burrell’s basket at the 15:08 mark. That basket snapped an 11-0 run by William Carey to start the half.
Union got as close as six points early in the second half, but William Carey extended their lead out to as many as 17 points on three different occasions. Union trailed 70-53 with 3:55 left, before cutting the final score down to 85-75.
Union out-rebounded William Carey 42-33, including 19-12 on the offensive glass. William Carey forced 16 Union turnovers, while committing just eight themselves.
Union was led by CJ Davis and Skylar Vaden with 13 points each. Banhoro added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Shane Burrell scored 11 points. Union shot 40 percent from the field, 18 percent (2-11) from behind the arc and 71 percent (27-38) from the free throw line.
William Carey was led by Jonathan Woodland with a game-high 21 points. Drew Meyerchick added 15 points, Keven Branch scored 14 points and Spann contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. The Crusaders shot 49 percent from the field, including 56 percent in the second half. They sank 7-of-16 (44%) three pointers and shot 58 percent (24-41) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home game against No. 17 Campbellsville (Ky.) at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth game in a stretch of eight straight against team either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA rankings.
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