JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/17/2009 - The No. 5 ranked Union University Bulldog had their six-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University, 69-66. The win for Freed-Hardeman is their sixth-straight.
Union (14-4, 4-1) started the game with a 16-6 run to take their first of three 10-point leads in the first half. Union maintained the lead for all but 54 seconds in the first half. The Lions of Freed-Hardeman (13-6, 5-1) used a three pointer from Logan Greer to take a 31-30 lead, their first of the game. After Union made one of two free throws, Freed-Hardeman made a shot in the final seconds of the half to take a 33-31 halftime lead.
In the second half, Freed-Hardeman maintained momentum as they pushed their lead to as many as seven points, 57-50 with 6:49 left to play. Union then stormed back with an 8-0 run to take a 58-57 lead with 4:24 left in the game. The Lions quickly regained the lead that they would not give up. Union had a chance with 11 seconds left following a Zach Frey missed free throw. Union had won two of their last three games on shots by Brian Lake in the final seconds. However, this time would not be the same as Union's game-tying shot by Martez Hawkins was just off the mark.
Neither team posted impressive shooting numbers, but Union struggled the most. The Bulldogs managed just 37-percent from the field, 23-percent (6-26) from behind the arc, and 64-percent (16-25) from the free throw line.
Freed-Hardeman shot just 39-percent from the field, 33-percent (8-24) from behind the arc, and 56-percent (9-16) from the free throw line.
Union was led by Matt Neaville with 19 points, including four three pointers. Martez Hawkins added 12 points and Brian Lake grabbed 17 rebounds.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Jess Moulton with 16 points including four three pointers. Shun Trevillian added 14 points and Zack Frey had 12 points.
Up next for Union will be a home conference game on Monday, January 19 versus Blue Mountain (Miss.) College at 8:00 pm.
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