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Union Men Win Battle of NAIA Ranked Teams

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/12/2005 - The Union University men's basketball team remained perfect on this young 2005-06 season with a 67-66 win over No. 13 Oklahoma City University at Union' Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Union, ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, improved to 4-0 on the year while Oklahoma City drops to 2-1 on the season.

Oklahoma City led Union by four, 33-29 at halftime after Union trailed by as many as nine points, 28-19, during the first half. After trailing by nine points, Union rallied to cut the lead to just one point at 30-29, however, Oklahoma City nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to end the first half. In the first half, Union couldn't seem to make anything fall against the tough Oklahoma City defense. Union managed just 27% (7-26) from the field including just 27 % (3-11) from behind the arc. Oklahoma City shot 44% (11-25) from the field and 33% (2-6) from three point range.

In the second half, it was more back and forth basketball with Oklahoma City leading by as many as eight points and Union's biggest lead went to five points. Union tied the game for the first since it was 2-2 with a three pointer by Kinley Sellers with 15 minutes left in the game to make the score 42-42. Union then took it's first lead of the game at the 14:20 mark. Coming down the stretch, Union led by one point, 67-66, with 31 second left. Marcus Copper for Union was fouled with 10 seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. After several players were battling for the loose ball rebound, a foul was call on Union's Deywane Lee, which put OCU's Delroy Burke on the free throw line with a double-bonus free throw. Burke proceeded to miss both free throws as Union grabbed the rebound. Rod Ross for Union would have a chance to add to Union's lead with two seconds left, however, he promtly missed his front-end free throw. OCU attempted a long pass after a time out, but it went out of bounds to give Union the win.

For the game, Union shot 72 %( 18-25) from the charity stripe, while Oklahoma City shot 68% (14-21). The defense for both teams also cased numerous turnovers. Oklahoma City committed 25 turnovers in the game, while Union turned the ball over 22 times themselves.

These two teams will meet again on December 17 in Oklahoma City.

Up next for Union will be an exhibition game at NCAA Div. I opponent Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 pm.


Steven Aldridge
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