PULASKI, Tenn. - 1/7/2012 - Union University men’s basketball fell in yet another close contest, this time on the road to No. 8 Martin Methodist College 73-69. Union dropped to 8-7 on the season and 1-1 in the TranSouth. Martin Methodist improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Of Union’s seven losses on the season, five have been by five points or less. The other two were by nine points and 11 points.
Martin Methodist jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead and seemed to be in control early. However, Union rallied with a 9-0 run to go up 11-7 with 14:45 left in the half. Martin answered with an 11-0 run to go up by seven points with 11:55 left in the half. Then it was Union’s turn again. The Bulldogs responded with a 14-0 run to lead 25-18 with 9:15 left in the half. Union held their lead and went into the locker room leading 40-37.
In the second half, Martin Methodist took the lead and pushed their advantage out to as many as 13 points twice. The latest time was 67-54 with 5:10 left. Union made one final run and with 1:39 left in the game, a three pointer from Antoine Hall had pulled the Bulldogs to within two points, 69-67. Down by two with 17 seconds left, Union had a three pointer partially block with Martin Methodist regaining possession on a jump ball. Ree McCrory scored four of his game-high 28 points in the final minute to help preserve the win for the RedHawks.
Union was led by Antoine Hall with 17 points, including 11 points in the first half. Leventrice Gray added 12 points, while Anthony Freeman, Jr. pulled down 10 rebounds. Union shot 42 percent from the field, 23 percent (6-26) from long range, and just 45 percent (9-20) from the free throw line.
Martin Methodist was led by McCrory’s 28 points. Reigning TranSouth Player of the Year James Justin recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Laquantis Stewart scored 10 points. Martin Methodist shot 40 percent from the field, 23 percent (6-26) from long range, and 54 percent (7-13) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home conference game versus Lyon (Ark.) Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
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