JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/15/2005 - The Union University Bulldogs have began playing their best basketball at the right time as they now sit atop the TranSouth Conference standings with four conference games remaining. No. 13 Union is now 18-7 on the year, 5-1 in TranSouth play including Monday night’s win at No. 23 Cumberland (Tenn.). Union second win over a ranked Cumberland team this season.
Back on January 25, Union was 12-7 overall, 0-1 in the conference, had just come off a last second loss at Lambuth, and was on a three-game losing streak. However, Union head coach Ralph Turner new what his guys were capable of and new they had no reason to panic. His players bought into that and now, six game later, the Bulldogs are 18-7 overall and 5-1 in the TranSouth Conference. Union is currently riding a 6-game winnings streak including five straight in the TranSouth Conference. In the past two weeks, Union has jump from No. 26 to No 13 this week in the NAIA National Rankings.
Union has five games remaining, four of which are conference games. Union will host Lyon College on Thursday, February 17 and Martin Methodist on Thursday, February 24. Union will travel to Freed-Hardeman on Saturday, February 26 and then will complete the suspended game at Trevecca Nazarene; date is still to be announced. Trevecca Nazarene is currently 4-1 in league play and is the only team to defeat Union at this point in TranSouth Conference play.
Union has just one non-conference game remaining and that will be a re-match game versus No. 1 Mountain State University. Earlier this season, Union lost at then No. 2 Mountain State 64-53 after leading 29-28 at halftime. In this game, Union was without three starters.
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