JACKSON, Tenn. - 12/10/2004 - The Union University Bulldogs, ranked No. 18 in the latest NAIA Men's Basketball Rankings, fell at home on Saturday to the No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Christian University Eagles 75-65. Union drops to 9-3 on the season and sees their five-game winning streak come to an end. This also marks the first loss of the season season at home for the Bulldogs. Oklahoma Christian improves to 11-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs, who trailed just 34-29 at the half, found themselves behind much of for the entire second half. Oklahoma Christian jumped the lead up to 13 points twice but could put the game away. Union, playing with out starting point guard Marcus Cooper for the entire second half, used several rallies to pull to within five points. The last rally attempt fell short with 1:38 left in the game as Union closed the score to 70-65. Oklahoma Christian made 14-of-16 free throws in the second half alone, including 9-of-10 in the final four minutes to seal the win.
Union was led by senior forward, Bruno Martinessi with 19 points. Corey Burkett added 12 points while Ben Frederick tallied 10 points. Union shot 45% from the field, including 33% (6-18) from behind the arc. Union shot made 17-of-22 free throws in the game, including all four attempts in the first half.
Oklahoma Christian was led by Jarred Merrill with 32 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Merrill made 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Brady Page added 23 points for the Eagles of Oklahoma Christian. The Eagles shot 51% from the field including 43% (9-21) from behind the arc.
Union will play next versus Arkansas Baptist College on Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm. The game will be in Henderson, Tenn. on the campus of Freed-Hardeman University.
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