JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/17/2011 - The No. 14 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team survived an upset bid from Mid-Continent (Ky.) University on Thursday night with a 77-67 overtime win. Union improved to 22-5 on the season and 11-2 in the TranSouth. Mid-Continent dropped to 10-17 overall and 3-10 in league play.
Union scored 12 unanswered points in overtime to get the win.
The teams went back and forth over the first 12 minutes of the game with three ties and five lead changes. Union took an 18-16 lead at the 8:20 mark on a pair of free throws from CJ Davis. Union extended their lead to as many as 11 points, 31-20, thanks to a 15-4 run over the next five minutes. Mid-Continent then cut the Union lead down to just five points at the half, 33-28.
In the second half, Union pushed their lead back out to 49-38, matching their largest lead of 11 points in the game. With 12:21 left to play, Union led 51-41. Mid-Continent slowly started to rally and tied the game at 59-59 on a basket from Tim Bryant with 1:37 left in the game. Union went back up by four points, when Chris Tillman of Mid-Continent sank a three pointer to cut the deficit down to one point, 63-62, with 51 seconds left. After a missed field goal from Union’s Davis, Mid-Continent’s Matt Fraliex sank a three pointer in traffic with 15 seconds left in the game to give his team a 65-63 lead. Union’s Stan McNeil drove the length of the court and missed on a game-tying attempt. However, Union’s Velko Petrovic put back the offensive rebound and was fouled with 1.5 seconds left. His free throw fell short, sending the game to overtime, 65-65.
In overtime, Mid-Continent scored the first basket at the 2:56 mark. Union answered with a bucket from Shane Burrell, followed by back-to-back three pointers from McNeil and Burrell to put Union up 73-67 with 55 seconds left to play. Union got a pair of free throws each from Davis and Antoine Joseph down the stretch to seal the 77-67 win.
Union put five players in double-figures led by Davis with 19 points. McNeil scored 16 points, Joseph recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Antoine Hall and Burrell added 10 points each. Union shot just 38 percent from the field, 32 percent (10-31) from long range and 76 percent (25-33) from the free throw line.
Mid-Continent was led by Bryant with 22 points and Fraliex with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. The Cougars shot 34 percent from the field, 33 percent (10-30) from behind the arc and 46 percent (5-11) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a road game at Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Saturday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m.
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