JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/17/2009 - The No. 11 Union University Bulldog dropped their second straight home game in a 57-50 loss to Campbellsville (Ky.) University. Union, who is coming off a 66-64 win at No. 5 McKendree, dropped to 3-2 on the season. Campbellsville, who is receiving votes in the NAIA preseason rankings, improved to 4-1 overall.
Union defense has been a strong force for the Bulldogs through five games, giving up only 60 points per game and not allowing a team to score 70 in any game to this point. The 57 points allowed is the fourth lowest total for Union’s defense in the past four seasons.
However, Union’s offense in their two losses has struggled, especially from behind the arc. In the three wins, Union is shooting 41 percent (24-59) from behind the arc, while shooting just 16 percent (8-50) in their two losses. The 50 points scored in this game by Union tonight is the lowest point total for a Union men’s team since the 1988-89 season when Union lost 71-46 to Mobile (Ala.).
Union jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the contest and led 30-22 at the half, but could not hold the lead.
After Union’s 10-0 run to start the game, Campbellsville answered with a 20-10 run to tie the game at 20-20 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Union closed the half with a 10-2 run to lead 30-22 at the break.
Campbellsville opened the second half by scoring six straight points and 13 of the half’s first 17 points to take their first lead of the game at 35-34. Jordan Benock’s three pointer at the 16:13 mark gave his Tigers the lead they would not give up. Campbellsville scored the next five points to push their lead to six, 40-34, making their run to start the half 18-4. The Tigers led by as many as six points on three occasions in the final 10 minutes of play, before two late free throws pushed the final score to 57-50.
Union pulled to within one point, 49-48 with just over two minutes left on a three pointer from Stan McNeil. However, Campbellsville sank six-of-six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Union was led by last week’s TranSouth Player of the Week Greg Truvillion with is third straight double-double, going for 18 points and 20 rebounds. No other Union player notched double figures. Union shot just 35 percent from the field, 19 percent (5-26) from behind the arc and a low 42 percent (5-12) from the free throw line.
The Tigers were led by Caleb Harris and Nestor Colmenares with 15 points each. Campbellsville shot 36 percent from the field, 33 percent (4-12) from behind the arc, and 72 percent (13-18) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be two road games. First Union travels to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game with William Carey University. Union then plays Belhaven (Miss.) College on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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