No. 17 Union Blows Past RU, 86-70; Moves on to AAC Title Game

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Union College forward Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) scored a game-high 21 points (18 of which in the first half), as the No. 17 and top-seeded Bulldogs rolled past fourth-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.) on Friday night in the Semifinals of the 2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, 86-70. The entire Tournament is being played at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.

With the victory, the Bulldogs captured their 19th win in a row and moved to 28-4 on the season, matching the most number of victories in program history in a season in the process. Reinhardt ends their season with the loss, finishing 18-12.

In the first period, things we close between the teams and very physical, as a three by the Eagles with 13 minutes left gave Reinhardt their first lead of the day at 10-7. But, the lead was very short lived, as Union raced on a 16-0 run to go up by double-digits at 23-10.

Once Union got up by double-figures in the contest, Reinhardt was unable to cut the Bulldog lead to single figures, as the run continued for Union as the first half wore along. With 3:23 left, Union went up by 20 points (38-18) and never looked back, going into intermission up by 19 at 42-23.

In the second half, Reinhardt tried their best on several occasions to make a run, but the closest the Eagles came to the Bulldogs’ lead was 10 points (on two separate occasions late in the contest), as Union coasted down the stretch. Despite being outscored by three points in the half (47-44), Union still won the game by 16 points, registering their 10th straight win by double-figures in the process.

Overall, White’s hot shooting in the first half propelled the Bulldogs to the insurmountable lead they built, as he shot 7-of-11 overall, 4-of-8 from three to post 18 points at the break. For White, the 21-point performance was a point short of a season-high, as he also snatched six rebounds and recorded four assists.

Elsewhere, three other Union players scored in double-figures. Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) ended with 14 points and seven rebounds, while DeAntray Stevens (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) also had 14 points off the bench, while dishing out eight assists, a season-high. Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) rounded out the double-digit scorers for Union, ending with 13 points, along with four assists and four steals.

The Bulldogs now move onto the Championship Game of the AAC Tournament, which will be played Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Kingsport. There, the Bulldogs will take on either Milligan or Tennessee Wesleyan.