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Bulldog Basketball vs. Barat College (Ill.)

Fri, March 15, 2002  4:30 p.m.   Kansas City, MO
Union Result: L 87-96 OT
NAIA National Tournament

Men's Basketball 2002 Division I National Tournament 

 

Game #21 – #15 Barat  College (Ill.) (32-5) def. #2 Union University (Tenn.) (31-5), 96-87 (OT)

  BARAT WINS OVERTIME THRILLER TO ADVANCE TO  QUARTERS

 KANSAS CITY, MO. (Mar. 15, 2002) –  No.15 Barat College (Ill.), upset second-seeded Union University (Tenn.), 97-86 in overtime in second-round action at the 2002 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.

 Barat jumped to an early lead and extended it to as much as 21 points midway through the first half before Union went on a 24-10 run to pull within eight points at the close out the half.

 Barat (32-5) started the second half with a three-point basket by freshman Larry English and extended its lead to 15 at the 16:53 mark.  Union rallied with an16-0 run to take the lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.  The lead exchanged hands seven times in six minutes before Bruno Martinessi hit a 15-foot fieldgoal with 38 seconds to send the game into overtime.

 I knew they were going to get their run.  They didn’t get to be the No. 2 team in the nation by being a bum squad,” said Barat head coach Chris Daleo.  “We’re a team of runs.  We’ll give up some runs, but we’ll get a lot too.  Tonight we got the last run.”

 Barat’s last run was a 12-2 stint with 2:54 remaining in the extra period to secure the win.  The Bulldogs were led by junior Troy Farrow with 19 points. Sophomore Sidney Holmes recorded a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds.

 Union was led by senior Robert Joseph with 28 points.  Martinessi added 18 as the Bulldogs finished their season with a 31-5 record.

 Barat advances to meet unseeded Westmont College (Calif.) (22-9), which defeated No. 7 Mountain State University (W.Va.) earlier in the day, in a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. (Central).

 

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