BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. - 1/23/2010 - The Union University men’s and women’s basketball teams earned wins on Saturday at Blue Mountain (Miss.) College. The No. 1 ranked Union women posted a 98-57 win, while the No. 18 Union men pulled away for a 76-62 win.
Union’s men led 40-29 at the half with the help of 11 first half points by Antoine Joseph. In the second half, Blue Mountain made the game close as they pulled to within six points, 61-55 with just over three minutes remaining. However, Stan McNeil sank his fifth 3-pointer of the night to spark an 8-0 run for the Bulldogs as they closed out the 76-62 conference road win. Union is now 15-6 overall and 6-1 in the TranSouth. Blue Mountain dropped to 0-20 on the season and 0-5 in league play.
Union’s men were led by Greg Truvillion with 22 points, including 16 in the second half. McNeal added 16 points and Joseph finished with 11 points. Union shot 41 percent from the field, 32 percent (8-25) from behind the arc and 71 percent 12-17 from the free-throw line. Blue Mountain’s Renell Collins, the reigning TranSouth Player of the week, scored a game-high 31 points.
In the women’s game, Union used a late first half run to pull out to a 47-26 halftime lead. Top-ranked Union extended their lead in the second half as they coasted to the 98-57 victory. Union is now 20-1 on the season and 7-0 in the TranSouth. Blue Mountain dropped to 8-11 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Union’s women were led by Kaitlin Dudley with a game-high 22 points. Five other Lady Bulldogs recorded double figures including Kayla Hudson with 14 points, while Sara Chan, Ashley Lillard, Jessica Graves and Lavanda Ross each scored 13 points. Union shot 50 percent from the field, 26 percent (8-31) from 3-point range and 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line.
Both Union teams are off until Thursday, January 28 when the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs host Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.). Both games will be for sole possession of first place in the TranSouth standings at the midway point. Union and Trevecca’s women both sit at 7-0 in the TranSouth, while the men’s teams are both at 6-1 in league play.
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