Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 31, 2009
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Tennessee Tech

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Union College suffered a 95-46 defeat to host NCAA Division I Tennessee Tech University in an exhibition game Wednesday.

Union took an early seven-point lead but once the Golden Eagles got untracked it quickly turned into a lopsided contest. With 95 points against the Bulldogs, Tech has averaged nearly 92 points in its last four home contests.

Senior Frank Davis led Tech in scoring with 23 points, just one short of his career-high, and also added five rebounds and three assists. He went 5-for-9 from long range.

Several other Golden Eagles did record career-high numbers in the game. Senior point guard Elijah Muhammad scored 17 points for a career-high effort, and added six assists and three steals. Sophomore Bassey Inameti's 14 points and four blocked shots were both career-bests numbers, and freshman Terrell Barnes had career-highs of 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

In addition to Davis, Muhammad and Inameti, sophomore Kevin Murphy also scored in double digits with 15 points and snatched a career-best three steals.

Tech shot 50.7 percent for the game and 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from long distance. The Golden Eagles also owned a 50-28 rebound advantage.

Union had balanced scoring, getting eight points from five different players and six from a sixth. Dan Penick (Ludlow, Ky.) led the way with eight points and five rebounds, while Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.), Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.), Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) and Shawn Hadley (Doraville, Ga.) also scored eight.

The Bulldogs shot 30.9 percent from the field.

Ponzer hit a 3-pointer for a 7-0 Bluefield lead, and Jackson's 3-pointer a few seconds later made it a 10-3 Bulldog edge. That set the stage for the Golden Eagles to run through a 23-2 stretch to take control.

Union (7-7 overall) returns home Saturday to play host Indiana University East at 2 p.m.