McKENZIE, Tenn. - 1/29/2009 - The No. 9 ranked Union University Bulldogs exploded for 58 second half points in route to a 97-68 win at Bethel (Tenn.) College. With the win, Union improved to 17-4 on the season and 7-1 in league play. Bethel dropped to 12-10 overall and 1-8 in the TranSouth Conference.
Union scored first on a basket by Greg Truvillion. However, a Bethel 9-0 run put the home Wildcats up 9-2 with 16:29 left in the first half. But Union answered with a 14-2 run of their own to take a 16-11 lead at the 12:19 mark. After the lead changed hands a couple of times over the next few minutes, Union took the lead for good, 24-23, on a three pointer from Keith Tollivar with 5:52 left in the half. Union closed out the half with a 15-9 run to take the 39-32 halftime lead.
The second half was all Union as they outscored Bethel 58-36. Union took their biggest lead of the game, 90-55, with 3:45 left in the contest. Union then coasted to the 97-68 final.
Over the last three games for Union, the Bulldogs have averaged 104.7 points, while allowing just 68.3 points per game.
Union was led by Greg Truvillion with game-highs of 29 points and nine rebounds. Truvillion has averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game over his last three games. Matt Neaville scored 17 points, including 15 second half points on five made three pointers. Antoine Joseph added 11 points. Union shot 59-percent from the field, including 58-percent (11-19) from behind the arc, and 67-percent (16-24) from the free throw line.
Bethel was led by Dontaye Hinton with 15 points. Antoine Lesenese and Daniel Doyle each added 12 points, while Eddie King added 10 points. The Wildcats shot 40-percent from the field, 44-percent (7-16) from three point range, and 54-percent (7-13) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a third straight road game at Lyon (Ark.) College on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 pm.
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