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No. 13 Union Drops Bethel in Area Rival Game

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/13/2007 - The 13th ranked Union University Bulldogs defeated Bethel College (Tenn.) 92-66 on Monday night to win their fifth straight game. Union improved to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in the TranSouth. Bethel dropped to 11-15 on the season and 3-11 in league play.

With the win and a loss by Lambuth University (Tenn.) this same night, Union moves into a three way tie for first place in the TranSouth Conference with Lambuth and Crichton College (Tenn.), all with three losses.

Union jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and would not look back as the Bulldogs led this game wire-to-wire. Union led by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 36-23 halftime lead.

In the second half, Union posted a 30-15 run over the first nine minutes of play to take their biggest lead at 66-38. Union cruised from that point and came away with the 92-66 win.

Union was led by Pierry Valmera with 21 points. Brian Lake posted 16 points including 4-of-4 from the three point line. Ben Frederick added 15 points, while Mack Bealim and Deywane Lee added 12 and 11 points respectively. Lee completed his double-double with 12 rebounds in the contest. All nine players for Union broke into the scoring column for Union.

Bethel was led by Thomas Haynes with 19 points including 5-of-10 from three point range. Justin Williamson added 12 points for Bethel.

Up next for Union will be a road match up versus one of the teams currently tied with Union atop the league standings. On Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, Union plays in Memphis versus Crichton. Union topped Crichton 93-64 at home earlier this season, however the Comets are playing better basketball now as they are coming off a 105-98 upset win over Lambuth to help create the crowd atop the TranSouth.


Steven Aldridge
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