Hot Shooting propels Bulldogs to 87-72 victory at Montreat

Special to the Mountain Advocate

The No. 16 Union College men’s basketball team shot a scorching 63 percent from the floor on the day, as the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half at Montreat (N.C.) in an 87-72 Appalachian Athletic Conference win on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Union moved to 4-1 on the year, and 2-0 in the AAC. Montreat fell to 1-3, 0-2 in the AAC with the defeat.

In the win, Union pulled away from Montreat after a close first half that saw the Bulldogs take a slim six-point lead into the break for intermission at 42-36. But, in the second half, the Bulldogs raced past the Cavaliers, outscoring the home side by nine points in the second period (45-36) to roll to another double-digit road AAC win.

In the victory, forward Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla.) led the Bulldogs, scoring a game-high 22 points in the victory. White shot 7-of-9 from the floor in the victory, nailing all three of his attempts from outside the arc on the evening.

White led five double-digit scorers on the day for Union. DeAntray Stevens (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) came off the bench for the Bulldogs and scored 16 points, forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) added 14 points (not missing a field goal or free throw in the win), and JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) posted a 13-point evening.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Union was Gerrard Newby (SO/Lexington, Ky.), who had 10 points off the bench, while snatching six rebounds and blocking three shots, as well, in the victory.

Up Next

The Bulldogs leap back out-of-conference this week, kicking things off with a game at home against Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Monday evening. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.