JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/20/2011 - The No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team posted a 72-59 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) University. Union’s fourth straight win improved their record to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in the TranSouth. Cumberland dropped out of a tie for second with Union, going to 4-2 in league play and 8-8 overall.
Union has now won 13 of their past 14 games. With the Martin Methodist loss earlier in the evening, Union moves into a tie for first place in the conference standings. Union lone conference loss game to the No. 6 ranked Martin Methodist RedHawks.
All nine players for Union scored in the first half as the Bulldogs used a team effort to hold a 33-31 lead at the break. Union jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead before Cumberland finally got on the board with a basket at the 15:39 mark. Cumberland slowly came all the way back and tied the game at 27-27 with 3:03 left in the half. The game was tied again at 29-29 and 31-31, but Union never trailed. Union Bulldogs two free throws from CJ Davis to take the slim 33-31 advantage.
In the second half, the game was tied for the fourth time at 33-33, before Union was able to build a lead. Union held at least a three-point lead for the first 11 minutes of the second half. Then, with nine minutes remaining, Union extended a 45-42 lead out to a 59-46 lead, thanks to a 14-4 run. Union led again by 13 points, 61-48 with 2:54 left and made that lead stand for the 72-59 final.
Union was led by Davis with a game-high 20 points. No other Bulldog scored in double figures, however all Union’s nine players scored in the game. Antoine Joseph, Antoine Hall and Shane Burrell each added nine points. Burrell added a game-high 11 rebounds. Union shot 42 percent from the field and 35 percent (7-20) from the three point line. This was the first time in five games that Union failed to make at least 10 three pointers. Union sank 85 percent (33-39) from the free throw line, including 16-19 in the second half to seal the win.
Cumberland was led by Graciano Negron with 18 points and Kyle Upton with 13 points. Cumberland shot 36 percent from the field, 24 percent (5-21) from long range and 77 percent (10-13) from the foul line.
Up next for Union will be a home conference game on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m. versus Blue Mountain (Miss.).
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