BATESVILLE, Ark. - 2/4/2008 - The Union University Bulldogs, winners of four straight games, could not hold their lead as they fell 62-59 at Lyon College (Ark.) on Monday night. With the loss, Union dropped to 13-9 on the season and 7-5 in the TranSouth. Lyon snapped a four-game skid and improved to 10-12 overall and 4-8 in league play.
Union led by 18 points in the first half, however, Lyon rallied for the last 10 points of the half to cut Union’s lead to 37-29 at the break. The NAIA’s leading scorer Matt Neaville left the game just before the half and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.
In the second half, Union struggled offensively to score; only posting 22 points. Union led by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the second half, and was able to hold the lead against a charging Lyon squad for over 19 minutes of the second half. However, a lay-up from Trey Salley of the Scots gave Lyon their first lead of the game, 60-59 with 28 seconds left. Union then missed two free throws with a chance to tie or take the lead. Lyon’s Levi Taylor promptly sank two free throws for Lyon to put the Scots up 62-59. Union’s last second three-point attempt by Brian Lake missed at the buzzer.
Union was led by Matt Neaville with 14 first half points before leaving the game. Tacuma Alexander added 12 points. Union shot 33-percent from the field, 29-percent (8-28) from three-point range, and 62-percent from the free throw line (31-21).
Lyon was led by Jonathan Donaldson with 12 points. Charles Black and Trey Salley each added 10 points in the game. Lyon shot 42-percent from the field, 33-percent (4-12) from behind the arc, and 75-percent (12-16) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home game on Thursday, February 7 versus Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.). The men will play at 8:00 pm, preceded by the women’s game at 6:00 pm.
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