BATESVILLE, Ark. - 1/13/2011 - The No. 17 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball bounced back on Thursday with a 72-56 win at Lyon (Ark.) College. Union, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, improved to 13-4 on the season and 2-1 in the TranSouth. Lyon dropped to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Neither team scored for the first minute and 15 seconds. Union finally broke through with back-to-back three pointers from Stan McNeil and Antoine Hall to go up 6-0. Union led 8-2, but Lyon scored 10 straight points to lead 12-8 at the 12:55 mark. Lyon continued their run of 18-4 as they held their largest lead at 20-12. Union slowly started the rally back. Hall for Union made four first-half three pointers, including two in the final few minutes. Union regained the lead briefly at 34-33, before Lyon took the 37-36 halftime lead.
Union started the second half with the momentum from late in the first half. Union exploded out of the locker room, outscoring Lyon 35-8 over the first 13 minutes of play. Union led 71-45 with seven minutes left in the game for the largest lead of the night. Union managed just one point in the final seven minutes, but still cruised to the 72-56 win.
Union was led by Hall with 21 points, including five three pointers. Shane Burrell added 15 points, while Stan McNeil used four three pointers to help reach his 14 points. Roland Banhoro added 10 rebounds. Union shot 45 percent from the field, 36 percent (10-28) from three point range and 70 percent (14-20) from the free throw line.
Lyon was led by Slater Belew with 16 points and Andy Lee with 10 points. Lyon shot 34 percent from the field, 12 percent (3-25) from behind the arc and 56 percent (5-9) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home game on Saturday versus Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) at 4:00 p.m.
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