BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Five scored in double figures as No. 11 Union College defeated visiting Allen (South Carolina) 122-80 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) contest on Wednesday.
Not only did five Bulldogs score in double figures, but also all five had at least 15 points. Gerrard Newby led the way with his ninth double-double of the season as he netted 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The 36 points equals his career high, which he posted earlier this season against Southeastern (Florida).
Paul Stone and Tyrone Sherman followed with 20 points apiece. Stone recorded his fifth double-double of the year as he hauled in 14 rebounds, and Sherman nearly had a double-double with a season-high nine assists. Sam Natt and Lance Blakely rounded out the double-digit scoring with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Union came out of the gate shooting the ball well and continued to heat up as the game progressed. The Bulldogs connected on 18-of-36 shots (50 percent) in the first half, only to surpass that in the second half with 66.7 percent (20-of-30 shots).
Union ended the game with a season-best 57.6 shooting percentage (38-of-66 shots).
The Bulldogs were lethal from long range as well, burying a season-high 14 3-pointers. Union finished the game making 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from behind the arc.
Allen (4-8 overall, 2-4 AAC) scored the game’s first points, but Union responded with a 17-0 run and never looked back. The Bulldogs led by as much as 26 (47-21) in the opening frame en route to a 59-39 halftime cushion.
In the second half, Union steadily added to the margin, stretching to 44 points (116-72) on its way to the 122-80 victory.
Like Union, Allen had five players to score in double figures. Donald Marshall Jr. and Loce Hill led the way with 17 points each, while Demetrius Richardson followed with 14. Arvel Atwater added 13, and Ivory Drummer scored 10.
The Bulldogs dominated the glass, outrebounding the Yellow Jackets 51-30.
In addition to his double-double, Newby also blocked four shots and had three steals.
This marked the fourth time Union scored in over 100 points in a game this season, and it is the most points the team has scored since netting 123 against Virginia Intermont in a five-point, overtime win on Feb. 3, 2014.
With the win, the Bulldogs extend their win streak to nine game, improving their overall record to 11-3 and conference mark to 5-0.
Union returns to action Saturday when it hosts Milligan in another AAC tilt. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Union College women’s basketball team had four players finish in double-digits to capture its 10th win of the season with an 83-72 win over Allen.
The Bulldogs now own a 10-2 overall record while sitting on top of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) with a 5-1 record. Allen falls to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
For the seventh time this season, Maci Spence posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards, while Jenna Mills posted a season-high 17 points going 4-for-5 from downtown. Dannika Prater and Katrina Johnson rounded out the top scorers for Union with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs saw themselves down as much as seven points at the conclusion of the first quarter. An old fashion three-point play from Spence knotted the game up 13-13 at the 2:20 mark. However, Allen went on a 10-3 run take the 23-16 lead heading into the second quarter.
Union came out in the second frame and quickly erased the seven point deficit and flipped the momentum. A 3-pointer from Cheyanne Stidham with 1:30 remaining in the half pushed the Bulldogs lead out to 42-34.
The difference maker in the offensive surge for Union was the success at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs were 10-for 15 at the stripe, while the Yellow Jackets only attempted four shots from the line.
The third quarter consisted back-and-forth play from both sides as Union was able to hang on to an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer from Union’s Brianna Adler with 1:02 minute left in regulation capped off a 6-0 run to give the Bulldogs the push they needed down the stretch to secure the 11 point victory over Allen.
Kamya Thomas led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points going 7-for-12 from the field.
Union returns to the court on Saturday with a tough matchup against fellow AAC foe Milligan. The Buffaloes pay a visit to Barbourville for a 4 p.m. tipoff.