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No. 6 Union tops Bethel 103-79 in first conference game of season

JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/4/2008 - The No. 6 ranked Union University Bulldogs earned their first TranSouth Conference win of the season over Bethel (Tenn.) College 103-79. With the win, Union improved to 7-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Bethel dropped to 8-1 overall, 0-1 in the TranSouth.

The Bulldogs scored first in the game, but Bethel quickly answered with a field goal of their own to tie the game at 2-2. Bethel began to build a lead against Union, going up by as many as seven points on several occasions. The Bulldogs chipped away at the Wildcats lead, tying the game up again at 17-17, with less than 13 minutes to play in the half. In a first half that featured nine ties, Union slowly began to add to their lead, going up by seven points, 51-44, with less than two minutes in the half. When the horn sounded, Union took a five point lead into halftime, 51-46.

Union scored first to open the second half, taking their lead back to seven, 53-46. The Wildcats again answered, pulling back to within one point, 53-52. However, it was the Bulldogs pulling away for good with fifteen minutes left in the contest. Union’s biggest lead of 26 points, 101-75, came with two minutes left in the game, before settling for the final of 103-79.

The Bulldogs boasted six players in double figures. Union was led by Greg Truvillion who posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Tacuma Alexander also added 18 points for the Bulldogs, 16 of which came in the first half. Brian Lake recorded 16 points in the contest, while Martez Hawkins posted 14 points. Roland Banhoro added 13 points, and Matt Neaville scored 10 for the Bulldogs.

Bethel was led on the night by Antoine Lesesene with a game-high 26 points, Dontaye Hinton added 13 points for the Wildcats, and Dane MacDonald recorded 10.

Up next for the Bulldogs will be their second conference game of the season with a match up against Lyon (Ark.) College. The game will tip off at 4 pm, Saturday, Dec. 6 at Fred DeLay Gymnasium on the campus of Union University, preceded by the women’s game at 2:00 pm.

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