JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/21/2006 - The Union University Bulldogs pulled even in TranSouth Conference play with an 89-66 win over Crichton College (Tenn.). Union, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, improved to 15-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play. Crichton, who had received votes in the NAIA polls for three straight weeks, fell to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in league play.
In the first half, it was a close back and forth battle until Union stretched the lead to 34-24 with three minute to play in the first half. However, Crichton proved they were not going away that easy as they posted an 11-2 run to close out the half. Union led by just one, 36-35 at the break.
The second half started much like the first half with Union jumping out to a quick 40-35 lead. Crichton again rallied a took a brief 45-43 lead at the 14:45 mark. Union regained the lead and held off a Crichton team that stayed close for a while. With 8:49 left to play, Union led by just one at 60-59. From that point own, Union's second half shooting started to heat up even more to help the Bulldogs pull away. In the second half, Union shot 56 percent from the field, including 53 percent (8-15) from behind the arc. Crichton went the last 3:24 of the game without scoring a point.
Union was led by Corey Burkett with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Burkett made 6-of-11 three pointers in the game. Pierry Valmera added 18 points and five blocks. For the game, Union shot 50 percent from the field and 46 percent (12-26) from three point range.
Crichton was led by Dereck Boykin with 11 points, while Brian Gibbs scored eight points and grabbled 10 rebounds. The Comets shot just 33 percent from the field and 30 percent (7-23) from behind the arc.
Up next for Union will be a home TranSouth game versus Lyon College (Ark.) on Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 pm.
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