BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Second-ranked Union College led from wire-to-wire in collecting the 87-65 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory over visiting Truett McConnell (Georgia) on Wednesday.
The win is the Bulldogs’ 15th in a row as they improve to 17-3 overall and a perfect 10-0 in conference play. The Bears now sit at 9-10 overall and 4-6 in the AAC.
Tyrone Sherman turned in a solid all-around game with a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. He connected on 9-of-13 shots from the floor, including burying 2-of-3 from long range.
Helping him out were Paul Stone with a double-double and Mike Martin with a season-high. Stone posted 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year, while Martin made 7-of-10 shots in racking up 17 points.
Although Union never trailed, play was tight early on with three ties and the margin staying within six points. Truett McConnell cut the deficit to 18-17 following a Tylor Brown bucket, but Union embarked on an 11-2 run to open up a 29-19 advantage with 8:28 to play. Martin started the rally with a 3-pointer, and Newby capped things with a putback.
Not willing to bow out, the Bears rallied to pull within three. Yet, Union outscored Truett McConnell 18-10 to close out the half for a 47-36 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs took over in the second half as they steadily padded its lead. Sherman drained a 3-pointer with 11:56 to give Union its first 20-point lead at 64-43. The points kept coming, and a Sherman layup make it 81-51 with 5:26 remaining as the Bulldogs cruised to the 87-65 victory.
Union dominated the glass, outrebounding Truett McConnell 51-32. The Bulldogs had 17 offensive rebounds and cashed them in for 27 second-chance points.
For Truett McConnell, Brown led the way with 16 points. Jacob Booke helped out with 14.
The Bulldogs have a week off before its next game. Union returns to action Jan. 18, at Bryan (Tenn.) for a 7:30 p.m. tip.