JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/27/2004 - The Union University Bulldogs put five players in double figures as they defeated Faulkner University (Ala.) 75-52. Leading the Union attack was senior forward Bruno Martinessi's first career triple double (10 points, 10, rebounds, 12 assists). Union improved to 7-2 on the season and remain a perfect 5-0 at home, while Faulkner falls to 5-2 on the season.
This marks the third straight game that Union has allowed 52 points or less. Over the past three games, Union has allowed just 152 points total.
Union and Faulkner swapped leads eight times during the first half with Faulkner leading by as many as three. Union started to pull away late in the half thanks to a 9-0 run started by a Marcus Cooper three-pointer. Union took a 35-25 lead into halftime.
After the half, Union's Bruno Martinessi made a three pointer to give the Bulldogs a 13 point lead. Union would never led the lead fall below 11 points after that. The Bulldog stretch the lead out to 21 points at 53-32 with 10 minutes left in the game. Union's 23 point lead as the buzzer sounded marked the Bulldog's biggest lead of the game.
Union was led by Marcus Cooper with 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. Corey Burkett added 16 points, Ben Frederick scored 12 points, Rod Ross tallied 11 points, and Martinessi scored 10 points. Union shot .491 from the field including .412 (7-17) from three point range. The Bulldogs outrebounded Faulkner 40-30 in the game.
Faulkner was led by Kellen Cole with 15 points and Teon Jefferson with 10 points.
Up next for Union will be a road game at William Carey College (Miss.) on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 pm.
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