KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 3/17/2011 - Unseeded Carroll College (Mont.) converted six-of-eight free throws in the final 45 seconds to outlast No. 11 Union University (Tenn.), 69-63, Wednesday in first-round action of the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium.
Junior forward Andy Garland registered his 12th double-double and 31st straight game in double-figures with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He ended the game 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while senior guard Sam Cartmell added 12 points and junior forward Tony Dalton chipped in 11 points, respectively.
The victory is Carroll's seventh in tournament play and first since 2006, as the Fighting Saints advance to second round play against Rogers State University. Tipoff between Carroll and Rogers State University (Okla.) is scheduled for Friday at 6:15 p.m.
Union tied the score only once in the second half, 51-51, on a pair of free throws by senior forward Antoine Joseph. Carroll scored five of the next six baskets to take the lead for good, but the Bulldogs fought tough, staying within six the remainder of the game. Carroll utilized timely free throw shooting down the stretch to maintain the slim advantage and earn the six-point victory.
Joseph scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Union, which was making its 13th appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Senior guard Stan McNeil and junior forward Shane Burrell registered 10 points apiece to round out the Bulldog double-figure scorers. As a team, Union shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field, but was outscored 23-13 from the free throw line. Union, who with the loss closes the season at 26-7, outscored Carroll, 24-16, in the paint.
Union: Union is one of nine programs in this year's field with at least 14 National Championship appearances... Union ends its season with a 23-4 record since Nov. 26... With a team-high 14 points tonight, senior forward Antoine Joseph finishes his career with eight-straight games of 10-plus points... The Bulldogs fall to 5-9 all-time in first round games... Become the fourth seeded team to lose in Day 1 action... Averaging nearly 80 points on the year, Union is held under 70 points for just the sixth game this year.
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