JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/5/2012 - The Union University men’s basketball team earned an 83-65 victory over Bethel University in the TranSouth Conference opener. Union improved to 8-6 on the season, while Bethel dropped to 10-5 overall.
With 10 minutes to play in the contest, Union led by just two points, 45-43 following a basket by Bethel’s George Coleman. However, over the next eight minutes of play, Union outscored Bethel 32-10 to stretch their lead outs to as many as 24 points to seal the win. Union shot 54 percent from the field in the second half. Union made just three 3-pointers in the second half, however, two came from senior guard Antoine Hall. His first was early in the run, putting Union up by seven points while is second came to cap off the run and give Union their largest lead of the game.
The final margin of victory would have been 21 points for Union had it not been for a half-court three pointer made by Bethel’s Bryan Ware, Jr. as time expired. It was his third 3-pointer of the night.
Union led by 10 points at the half. However, Bethel came out of the locker room and sank three 3-pointers on their first five possession to cut into Union’s lead. However, the Wildcats never caught the Bulldogs in the second half.
Union scored first in the game on a basket from Anthony Freeman, Jr., the first two points of his game-high 18. Bethel followed with a three pointer from Jarvis Palmer to give his team their only lead of the game at 3-2. Hall and Skyler Vaden each sank a three pointer on the next two possession for Union to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. Union led by as many as 11 points in the first half, before taking a 36-26 halftime lead.
Freeman’s 18 points led all scorers as he was 7-of-10 from the field. Leventrice Gray added 15 points, Vaden scored 13 points and David Lane added 11 points. Hall made three 3-pointers for his nine points. Union shot 47 percent from the field, 29 percent (7-24) from long range and 64 percent (18-28) from the free throw line.
Bethel was led by Palmer with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Caleb Hardy added 13 points, while Coleman scored 10 points. Bethel shot 38 percent from the field, 38 percent (9-24) form the three point line, and 71 percent (12-17) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be a tough road conference game Saturday at No. 8 Martin Methodist at 4:00 p.m.
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