PULASKI, Tenn. - 2/5/2011 - The No. 14 Union (Tenn.) University men’s basketball lost on the road 84-74 to No. 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College. Union dropped to 19-5 on the season and 8-2 in the TranSouth. Martin Methodist improved to 21-1 overall and 8-1 in league play.
Union’s seven-game winning streak came to an end, while the loss marked just the second defeat for Union since Nov. 22. Union’s only two losses this semester have come to Martin Methodist. The Bulldogs dropped out of a tie for first and are now a game back in the league standings.
Union scored first when Skyler Vaden sank one of two free throws on their first possession. However, Martin Methodist responded with a 17-2 run as they jumped out to a 17-3 lead at the 14:33 mark of the first half. Union got as close as seven points in the first half, but the RedHawks controlled the game with a 43-30 halftime lead.
In the earlier meeting at Union, the Bulldogs led by 19 in the first half and 11 points at halftime, before Martin Methodist rallied for the win. Union tried to return the favor on Martin Methodist’s home floor.
Union started the second half with a three pointer from Antoine Hall. His shot sparked a 15-4 that helped the Bulldogs pulled to within two points, 47-45, with 14:01 left in the game. But over the next six minutes, the RedHawks pushed their lead back to 15 points, 63-48. Martin Methodist again led by 15 points, 69-54 with 5:45 left in the game when Union posted one final rally. The Bulldogs closed the gap to four points, 75-71 with 1:59 left. But the RedHawks stopped the rally and sealed the 84-74 victory.
Union was led by Antoine Joseph and CJ Davis with 20 points each. Davis sank 6-of-11 three pointers. Vaden added 11 points for Union. The Bulldogs shot 39 percent from the field, 36 percent ( 10-28) from long range and 71 percent (20-28) from the free throw line.
Martin Methodist was led by Ree McCrory with 17 points. James Justin and LaQuantis Stewart added 16 points. Derrick Davis recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The RedHawks shot 49 percent from the field 36 percent (6-16) from behind the arc and 77 percent ( 10-13) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a home game on Thursday, February 10 versus Lyon (Ark.) at 8:00 p.m.
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