BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – No. 9 Union College ran into a formidable foe in visiting Montreat College (N.C.) and ended up on the wrong end of the 81-75 outcome on Tuesday in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play.
The win gives the Cavaliers the upper hand in league play as they are now 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the AAC. The Bulldogs fall to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in conference action.
PLAYING CATCH UP
Union spent the entire night battling from behind. With the exception of a brief 18-17 lead at the 10:58 mark, the Bulldogs played catch up all evening.
Still, Montreat could not entirely shake Union. The Cavaliers led by as much as nine points in the first half. The Bulldogs tied the score at 25-all and trailed 32-30 with 2:34 left in the first only to see the visitors take a 37-32 lead into the break.
Montreat came out clicking in the second half and opened up a 51-38 advantage after Terrell Sheffey scored with 15 minutes remaining.
Union spent the rest of the game trying to claw its way back. Yet, every time the Bulldogs pulled within five or six points, Montreat countered and pushed the lead to eight or nine. The Bulldogs finally got within four points on three different occasions during the final minute of play. But it was too little, too late as the Cavaliers hit their free throws down the stretch to register the 81-75 upset.
The Bulldogs struggled to get their offense rolling in the first half, hitting 13-of-35 shots (37.1 percent) from the field and 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers connected on 55.6 percent (15-of-27 shots) from the field.
Union shot better in the second with Montreat cooling off a bit. However, Montreat finished the game making 47.7 percent (31-of-65 shots) from the floor, while Union made 40.3 percent (27-of-67) of its shots.
FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with DeMarkus Loman leading the way with 22 points. Lance Blakley, K.J. Duronslet, and Derek Morgan followed with 13 points apiece.
Duronslet registered his ninth double-double of the season as he hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds.
Montreat outrebounded Union 46-40, marking only the third time this season the Bulldogs did not win this category.
The loss snapped a 12-game win streak against the Cavaliers. Montreat last won against Union on Nov. 20, 2013, in a 123-119, double-overtime game in Barbourville.
Five Cavaliers scored in double figures with Nicodemus Payne and Alonzo Mobley setting the tone with 16 points each.
Loman scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the first half.
NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS
Union travels to Tennessee Wesleyan University for another AAC contest on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.