Union's big run buries Bulldogs
LEBANON, Tenn. – Fifth-ranked Union used a 31-12 run to start the second half to break open a tight game and cruised to a 92-67 victory over 15th-ranked Cumberland Thursday night in men’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland (20-4, 10-3 TSAC) played one of its worst all-around games of the season, as Union came up with more loose balls and really beat the Bulldogs on the boards, winning the battle of the glass, 44-27, including 15 offensive rebounds.
Matt Neaville scored the first seven points of the second period for Union (20-5, 10-1) and Greg Truvillion netted eight points during the opening run of the half, as Union built its lead to as many as 29 points.
Truvillion finished with a game-high 27 points and added nine rebounds, while Neaville posted 17 points and Keith Tolliver added 13 for Union.
Rontreal Braxton scored a game-high 15 points for Cumberland, while Kenneth Simms added 14 points, including 12 in the first half. Brandon Powell posted 13 points for CU as well.
Cumberland committed 10 turnovers in the first half but stayed in the game by shooting 55 percent from the field and forcing seven miscues from Union. The visitors led from the opening basket but CU kept the deficit at six points or less until the final minutes of the period.
The big play of the half came at the 7:59 mark when Truvillion made a basket and was fouled. After the foul CU’s Mario Stowers was whistled for a technical, which Neaville turned into two points. Truvillion then hit his free throw for a five-point play and a 33-25 Union advantage.
Union pushed its lead to 10 points late in the half after a 3-pointer from Tolliver and took a 41-34 edge into intermission. Simms scored 12 points in the period for the Bulldogs, as did Truvillion.
Cumberland embarks on a three-game road swing beginning Monday at Martin Methodist at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs final home game of the season is Saturday, February 28th versus rival Trevecca at 4 p.m. Senior Day activities will take place between the women’s and men’s game on the 28th.