No. 14 Union has last say in 79-76 AAC battle

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WALESKA, Ga. – No. 14 Union College had the last say in a see-saw affair as it pulled out a 79-76 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory over host Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Saturday.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 20-6 overall and 15-4 in the AAC, while the Eagles fall to 12-13 overall and 10-10 in league play.


Neither team held momentum very long during the contest as there were eight ties and 15 lead changes. Union’s largest lead was six points, while a four-point cushion was the best Reinhardt could muster.

Michael Mays pulled Reinhardt even at 75-all with 2:35 remaining. A Lance Blakley bucket and a Derio Little free throw pushed Union owned a 78-76 advantage with 1:16 to play. Little added another free throw with 38 seconds left to make it a three-point game. Reinhardt missed two 3-point attempts in the final 21 seconds with the last one coming as time expired, allowing Union to escape with the 79-76 victory.


K.J. Duronslet paced the Bulldog scoring attack, leading the way with 20 points. Despite going 5-for-14 from the floor, he hit 10-of-13 from the foul line. Duronslet also hauled in eight rebounds and blocked one shot.


Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. Joining Duronslet are Jakobe Wharton with 12 points and Jabari Antwine with 10.

Blakley nearly recorded a double-double, finishing with a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points.

Union led the charge on the glass, outrebounding Reinhardt 45-39. The Bulldogs registered 17 offensive rebounds.

This marks the sixth year in a row the Bulldogs won 20 or more games in a season, making it the longest streak in program history.


Union returns home Tuesday to host St. Andrews University (N.C.) in an AAC showdown. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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