BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – A late push was what the doctor ordered as No. 10 Union College held off a pesky Point University (Ga.) in an 84-73, Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) affair on Saturday.
Point, which entered the game winless, put up a valiant effort and gave Union all it could handle. Yet, an 8-1 run late in the second half provided the Bulldogs enough cushion to come away with the 11-point conference victory.
DeMarkus Loman led a quintet of Bulldogs scoring in double figures, finishing with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Derek Morgan followed with 17 points, while K.J. Duronslet recorded his third double-double in a row with 14 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.
Union stretched is win streak to seven games, as it now stands 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the AAC. Point falls to 0-11 overall and 0-6 in league play.
Play was tight for much of the game, especially in the first where there were six lead changes and five ties. A 4-0 spurt gave the Skyhawks a 33-31 lead with 3:42 left in the opening period.
However, Jakobe Wharton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to send the Bulldogs ahead 37-33 at the 2:58 mark. Union never trailed again, but the battle was far from over as it led 43-35 at the break.
Point kept it close for much of the second half, cutting the margin to 48-46 following a Taboris Griggs 3-pointer with 15:48 remaining. Union got a little breathing room, but Point rallied and pulled within 63-60 thanks to a pair of Jamon Moore free throws at the 7:00 mark.
The Bulldogs responded with an 8-1 surge in opening up a 71-61 advantage with 4:27 to play. Morgan accounted for four points during the run. Derio Little pushed Union’s lead to 76-62 with a 3-pointer at the 3:12 mark, cruising the rest of way to lock up the 84-73 outcome.
BULLDOG OF THE GAME
Morgan proved to a big catalyst in helping Union lock up the victory, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the second half. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot.
Wharton and Little each netted 12 points apiece.
Union hauled in 50 rebounds for the fourth time this season, outrebounding Point 50-38.
The double-double is Duronslet’s fifth of the season.
Griggs led all scorers with 27 points, hitting 6-of-12 from long range.
Since Point joined the AAC in 2011, Union owns a 13-3 series lead.
NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS
Union is off until Saturday, Dec. 8, when it visits Columbia International University (S.C.) for another AAC contest. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.