BLUEFIELD, Va. — The sixth-ranked Union College men’s basketball team won its 14th game in a row with a hard-fought 76-71 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory at Bluefield on Saturday.
Tyrone Sherman set the tone with a season-high 23 points for the Bulldogs, while Gerrard Newby recorded his league-best 12th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
With the win, Union improves to 16-3 overall and a perfect 9-0 in AAC play. Bluefield now stands at 8-11 overall and 5-4 in the conference.
Down 38-34 at the half, it took Union a bit to grab control of the contest. Stanley Nelms scored with 13:31 remaining to put Bluefield up 47-45, but Union responded with a 9-0 spurt to grab the lead for good. A pair of Lance Blakely free throws get the rally underway, and Sherman capped it with a layup and a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs ahead 54-47 with 11:23 to play.
Union eventually extended the margin to 69-55 with 5:29 still on the clock. The Bulldogs needed every bit of that cushion as the Rams sliced the deficit to 74-71 following a Teyon Henry 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining.
Sherman, though, iced the game with a pair of free throws to secure the 76-71 Union victory.
In addition to Sherman and Newby, Paul Stone and Mike Martin each scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For Bluefield, Nelms and Khadier Fulcher led the way with 19 points apiece.
The Rams outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-30. This is only the third time this season Union had been outrebounded, and it’s the first time since Nov. 27.
Union is back in action on Wednesday when it welcomes Truett McConnell to Robsion Arena for another AAC contest. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Union College women’s basketball team made a late push to steal the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory on Saturday, but host Bluefield held on for the 69-64 decision.
The loss drops Union to 11-6 overall and 5-5 in league play, while Bluefield improves to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the AAC.
The Bulldogs trailed by as much as eight in the third quarter but closed out the period on a 9-2 run to head into the fourth only down 47-46. Cheyenne Stidham started the rally with a 3-pointer, and Maci Spence capped the run with back-to-back buckets to make it a one-point contest.
Despite the closeness of the contest, Union did not retake the lead until late in the fourth when Aaliyah Lumson drained a 3-pointer to put Union up 59-58 with 2:54 to play. After the teams traded buckets, the Bulldogs led 61-60 at the 2:42 mark. However, the Rams went on a 9-0 run to build a 69-61 cushion with 17 seconds to play.
Stidham hit her third 3-pointer of the day in the waning moments, but Union still fell 69-64.
Spence led the Bulldogs with 16 points with Kasey Young following with 11. Stidham followed with nine.
For Bluefield, Courtney Kendrick led the way with 13, while Whitney Smith and Autumn Hash each chipped in 12.
Union returns home on Wednesday to host Truett McConnell in another conference tilt. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.