JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/22/2007 - The Union University men’s basketball team boasts two players on the 2007 NAIA All-American Teams. Seniors Mack Bealim and Deywane Lee were named third team All-American and honorable mentioned All-American respectively. Bealim was also named to the NAIA National Tournament All-Tournament team after leading Union to the quarterfinals by averaging 25 points over his three games.
Bealim, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Livingston, Alabama, led Union with 15.0 points and 3.6 assists per game. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game and shot 50-percent from the field and 44-percent (28-63) from behind the arc. Bealim adds this to his first team All-Conference honor from earlier this season. Bealim was instrumental in Union run to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. In the three games in the nationals, Bealim averaged 25 points per game to lead Union.
Lee, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Memphis, finished a fraction of a point away from averaging a double-double for the season with 9.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He also shot 52-percent from the field and led Union with 38 blocks (1.1 per game). Lee was ranked among the rebounding leaders in the NAIA all season and finished No. 4 in the NAIA with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game and No. 9 with 9.6 rebounds per game.
Union finished the season 25-10 overall and 14-4 in the TranSouth. Union advanced all the way to the final eight of the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Tournament in Kansas City before losing to the eventual NAIA runner-up. This quarterfinal appearance matched the best finish for Union’s men in the national tournament (1999, 2007). Union also posted runner-up finishes in both the TranSouth Conference Regular Season and Tournament. Union advanced to their sixth TranSouth Tournament Title game in the 11-year history of the league. After the loss to fellow national quarterfinal participant Crichton, Union is now 5-1 in TranSouth Championship Games.
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