JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/22/2011 - The No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team cruised in an 87-66 win over Blue Mountain (Miss.) College. Union improved to 17-4 on the season and 6-1 in the TranSouth. Blue Mountain dropped to 6-13 overall and 0-6 in league play.
Union has won 14-of-15 games, including five straight. The Bulldogs currently sit in a three-way tie for first place in the TranSouth.
The Bulldogs scored the first five points of the game and 10 of the first 12 to jump out to a lead they never gave up. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to as many as 30 points in the first half. Union sank 9-of-22 three pointers in the first 20 minutes, including 4-of-8 from Stan McNeil.
In the second half, Union maintained their lead, extending the cushion to as many as 33 points. Union cruised down the stretch for the 87-66 final.
Union was led with five players in double figures. Antoine Hall finished with 17 points, including 5-of-8 three pointers. Shane Burrell added his seventh double-double on the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. McNeil finished with 14 points, all of which came in the first half. Skyler Vaden added three 3-pointers as a part of his 14 points. Vaden also led with eight assists. Union shot 46 percent from the field, 38 percent (16-42) from behind the arc and 58 percent (7-12) from the free throw line.
Blue Mountain was led by Josh McCalmon with a game-high 26 points. Renell Collins added 19 points for the Toppers. Blue Mountain shot 39 percent from the field, 39 percent (9-23) from three point range and 60 percent (3-5) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a road game at Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) on Thursday, Jan. 27.
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