JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/3/2007 - The Union University men’s basketball team posted their second straight win with an 82-75 win over Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) on Saturday afternoon. Union, ranked No.22 in the latest NAIA rankings, improved to 15-7 on the season and 8-3 in league play. The nineteenth ranked Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene dropped to 14-9 overall and 7-4 in league play.
Both teams swapped quick baskets to start the game for what was the first of only two ties in the game. Over the first 10 minutes of play, Union stretched the lead to 26-16 for their biggest lead of the game. Trevecca Nazarene mounted a rally over the next five minutes with a 17-7 run to tie the game at 33-33 with 4:26 left in the first half. Union, who never trailed in the game, answered back to take a 38-35 lead into the break.
The second half saw Trevecca Nazarene score first to cut the lead to one, but Union was again able to answer. Union jumped out to a five point lead and the teams then swapped baskets over the several minutes of play, until Union was able to build a nine-point advantage, 58-49 with 9:12 left to play. Union held a nine-point lead twice in the second half, both times being capped off by a three pointer from sophomore guard Alan North. But as expected in game with two top NAIA teams, Trevecca Nazarene answered back and cut the Union lead to just four points, 76-72, with 1:13 left to play. Union immediately responded when Bolivar native Brian Lake was fouled as he sank a three pointer with 39 seconds left to give Union a seven point lead. Lake would miss the free throw, however, Union connected on three of four free throws in the final 22 seconds to help seal the 82-75 win.
Union shot 45-percent from the field, including 46-percent from behind the arc. The Bulldogs were led by Mack Bealim with 18 points, including 11 in the first half. Pierry Valmera and Tony Brown added 15 points each, while North scored 13 points in the game including 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. Deywane Lee, the conference’s leader in rebounds and NAIA’s No. 8 rebounder, grabbed a game-high 16 boards.
Trevecca Nazarene was led by Collins Onyando with a game-high 19 points. Onyando completed his double-double with 11 rebounds. Josh Helton scored 16 points, Brian Odour added 15 points, and Rick James tallied 14 points. The Trojans shot 52% from the field and 25-percent (3-12) from behind the arc.
Up next for Union will be a road game at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky on Thursday, February 8 at 9:00 pm.
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