JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/26/2010 - The No. 10 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball team ended a three-game losing skid with an 87-75 win over No. 8 McKendree (Ill.) University. Union improved to 4-3 on the season, while McKendree falls to 3-6 overall.
This game for Union was the fifth in a stretch of eight straight games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA preseason rankings. Union is 2-3 in those five games thus far.
Union led by as many as 22 points in the second half, included a 21-point lead (87-66) with 2:14 left in the game. McKendree closed the game with an 11-0 run.
The first nine minutes were back-and-forth with four ties and five lead changes. McKendree held a slim 12-11 lead after leading by as many as three points, 9-6. Union then scored seven straight to take the lead for good. McKendree cut the deficit down to two points at 18-16 with 7:46 left, but got no closer.
Over the final 7:46 of the first half, Union outscored McKendree 20-9, including a two separate 8-0 runs. Union led 38-25 at the half.
In the second half, Union kept the lead in double figures for the duration. Union matched their biggest lead of 22 points at 56-34 thanks to a 18-9 run over the first five minutes of the second half.
Union boasted five players in double figures. Antoine Hall, Antoine Joseph and Shan Burrell each posted 13 points. Burrell tallied his first double-double at Union with 11 rebounds. Skyler Vaden and Roland Banhoro each scored 10 points. Union season scoring leader, CJ Davis, scored nine points, while Samuel Danache added eight on a very balanced scoring night for the Bulldogs. Union shot 48 percent from the field, 36 percent (9-25) from behind the arc and 62 percent (8-13) from the free throw line.
McKendree was led by Sean Rakers with a game-high 28 points. Andy Wolff added 12 points. The Bearcats shot 42 percent from the field, 35 percent (6-17) and 77 percent (17-22) from the charity stripe.
Up next for the Bulldogs will be the final game of the Union Thanksgiving Classic against Tougaloo (Miss.) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:00 p.m. The No. 1 ranked Union women will play Tougaloo at 4:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman and McKendree’s men open the final day of the classic at 2:00 p.m.
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