JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/13/2010 - The No. 10 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team took sole possession of first place in the TranSouth Conference with a 69-60 win over No. 21 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University. Union improved to 20-6 on the season and 11-1 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman dropped to 16-8 overall and 9-2 in league play.
Union has a 12-2 record since returning from Christmas, including a current six game winning streak. Union’s defense ranks No. 1 in the TranSouth and No. 3 in the NAIA, allowing opponents just a .379 field goal percentage. Over the past 14 games, Union has allowed only three teams in the 70’s with no team scoring more than 75 points. During the six game winning streak, Union is giving up only 60.8 points per game, with no team over 65 points.
Tonight, Union continued their defensive dominance by holding the Lions, who average 83 points per game, to just 60 points.
The game started with both teams swapping baskets early. Union was able to stretch their lead to eight points, 22-14, at the 8:44 mark following a three pointer from Greg Truvillion. Freed-Hardeman responded with a 14-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, 28-24, with 2:15 left in the half. Union rallied again to close the half with a 7-2 run to take a 31-30 halftime advantage.
The first half featured two ties and eight lead changes.
The second half started much the same as the first with both teams swapping baskets. Over the first six-plus minutes, the game was tied twice with Freed-Hardeman gaining one-point leads on two occasions. With the Lions leading 43-42 at the 13:33 mark, Union’s Truvillion answered with a basket to give Union the lead and they never trailed again. Freed-Hardeman stayed close and tied the game one final time at 51-51.
Union held a slim 56-55 lead with 3:18 left in the game. Union then took control with a 7-0 run that was a part of a 14-5 run to close the game. Union led by as many as 11 points, 69-58 in the final minute before taking the 69-60 final.
Union was led by Truvillion with 19 points, including two three pointers. Antoine Joseph added 14 points and Tacuma Alexander scored 13 points, including 7-of-8 free throws. Union shot 46 percent from the field, 40 percent (6-15) from behind the arc and 68 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Ken Bingham with 10 points. Zack Frey was held to single digits (9) for only the fourth time this season. The Lions shot 32 percent from the field, 17 percent (3-18) from three point range and 72 percent (13-18) from the free-throw line.
Up next for Union will be on Monday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. versus Cumberland (Tenn.) as the Bulldogs will attempt to avenge their only conference loss of the year.
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