HENDERSON, Tenn. – - 2/12/2011 - The No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team topped Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University on the road 93-82. With the win, Union improved to 20-5 on the season and 9-2 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman, who is receiving votes in the latest NAIA rankings, dropped to 16-9 overall and 8-3 in league play.
The win for Union also broke a tie with Freed-Hardeman for second place in the league standings. Union sits just one game back of No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (10-1), but does not hold the tie-breaker.
Union scored first with a basket from Antoine Joseph, but the home Lions responded with six straight to lead 6-2. Union rallied to tie the game at 6-6, before Freed-Hardeman stretched their lead back to as many as six points, 19-13, with 12:45 left in the half. Union answered with a 32-13 run to close out the half. Union led by as many as 15 points twice in the first half, before taking the 45-32 lead into the locker room.
Union shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, including 4-of-11 three pointers.
In the second half, Union continued their hot shooting, including 53 percent from the field and 56 percent (10-18) from long range. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to as many as 22 points, 59-37, with a 14-5 run to start the half. Union led by 22 points twice in the second half with the latest coming 62-40 with 13:43 left in the game. Union maintained a double-figure lead for the rest of the game. Freed-Hardeman got as close as 10 points late in the game before Union took the 93-82 final.
Union was led by CJ Davis with a game-high 21 points. Antoine Hall added 20 points, while Stan McNeil added 17 points, both sinking five three pointers in the game. Shane Burrell posted his eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Skyler Vaden added 11 points. Union shot 55 percent from the field, 48 percent (14-29) from behind the arc and 63 percent (17-27) from the free throw line.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Kyle Teichman and Cedric Austin with 15 points each. James Haddix, Anthony Sampson and Michael Young each added 10 points. The Lions shot 43 percent from the field, 31 percent (10-32) from long range and 83 percent (10-12) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a road game at Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Monday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m.
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