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Union falls to Martin Methodist in clash of ranked teams

Antoine Joseph

JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/8/2011 - The No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team fell at home 73-62 to No. 11 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College. Union’s nine-game winning streak came to an end as the Bulldogs dropped to 12-4 on the season and 1-1 in league play. Martin Methodist stayed perfect on the season with a 13-0 season record, 1-0 in the TranSouth.

Union fell to 5-3 at home after leading by as many as 19 points in the first half, including an 11 point halftime lead.

Union scored first on a three pointer from Stan McNeil and maintained the lead for the entire first half. Union led 5-4 with 18:01 to play in the first half. Then, the Bulldogs exploded for a 25-6 run thanks to a flurry of three pointers. Union lead again by 19 points, 34-15 with 5:57 left in the half.

It was then that Martin Methodist started to chip away. Over the next two-plus minutes, the RedHawks outscored Union 12-2 to get back to within nine points, 36-27. Union quickly jumped back up by 17 points, 44-27 with 1:04 left. But back-to-back three pointers from Ree McCrory and James Justice cut the Union lead to 44-33 at the half.

In the second half, things went bad for the Bulldogs as turnovers and cold shooting paralyzed the offense. Union managed just 10 points over the first seven minutes in the second half, but still led 54-44. Martin Methodist then scored the next 19 points to go from 10 down to lead by nine points, 63-54 with 3:37 left. Union went almost 10 minutes with scoring, including a stretch of eight turnovers in 13 possessions.

Martin Methodist led by as many as 13 points, 73-60, before taking the win 73-62.

Union was led by Antone Joseph with 13 points and 13 rebounds. CJ Davis scored 12 points and Shane Burrell added 13 rebounds. Union shot 40 percent from the field, 38 percent (11-29) from behind the arc and 64 percent ( 7-11) from the free throw line.

Martin Methodist was led by Ree McCrory with a game-high 18 points. Chris Leggett and Chris Godwin added 15 points each, while James Justice added 10 rebounds.

Up next for Union will be a conference road game at Lyon (Ark.) on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m.


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