LAURINBURG, N.C. – A poor second-half performance resulted in a 20-point swing for host St. Andrews University (N.C.) as No. 7 Union College fell 89-78 in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play on Saturday.
The loss drops Union to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the AAC, while the Knights improve to 5-9 overall and 4-5 in league play.
The Bulldogs owned a 50-41 lead at the half, commanding the lead since the 14:05 mark of the opening period. Union maintained the lead until the 12:51 mark in the second half when St. Andrews embarked on an 11-0 run in seizing a 68-64 advantage. D’Antre Harvey tied the game at 64-all with 12:51 on the clock, while Christian Lathan capped the rally with 9:40 remaining to give the Knights a four-point lead.
From that point on, Union was not able to cut the deficit any lower than three points. St. Andrews led by as many as 12 points en route to the 89-78 victory.
KEY STAT OF THE GAME
Poor shooting did in the Bulldogs during the second half. Union connected only 10-of-37 shots (27 percent) during the final 20 points and was 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc.
Meanwhile, St. Andrews sank 43.8 percent (14-of-32) of its shots including 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from long range during the second half. What really boosted the Knights’ offense in the second half was their free-throw shooting, going 16-for-23 (69.6 percent).
BULLDOG OF THE GAME
DeMarkus Loman logged his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds – both of which led the Bulldogs.
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures. Joining Loman are Lance Blakley (15 points), K.J. Duronslet (13 points), and Derek Morgan (13 points).
This marks only the second time Union has lost to St. Andrews as it leads the series with a 12-2 mark. The Bulldogs are now 5-2 in Laurinburg with their last loss coming on Feb. 14, 2014.
St. Andrews finished the game 26-of-39 (66.7 percent) at the foul line.
Union outrebounding St. Andrews 47-44.
Warren Vinson paced the Knights with a double-double, registering 29 points and 14 rebounds. Harvey followed with 21 points and nine rebounds.
NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS
Union returns home on Tuesday to host Montreat College (N.C.) in another conference showdown. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.