By John Gatto
For the Mountain Advocate
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) scored a game-high 19 points, as the No. 20 Union College men’s basketball team won their 15th straight game overall on Saturday evening at Robsion Arena, controlling Bluefield, 82-67, in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 24-4 overall, 15-1 in the AAC, while Bluefield fell to 10-13, 7-10 in the AAC with the defeat.
In the first 10 minutes of the victory, it was a defensive struggle between the squads, as Union held a slim 18-14 lead over Bluefield. Here, the Bulldogs began a run that essentially put the Rams away, racing on a 17-6 run over the next six minutes to take a 35-20 lead with four minutes let in the period.
Once the Bulldogs began running downhill, they never stopped the rest of the first half, as they went into the locker room up by 12 points at 47-35.
It was more of the same for Union in the second half, as quick 8-0 run by the Bulldogs put Union up by 20 points at 55-35, an insurmountable deficit for the visiting Rams. From there, the Bulldogs rolled down the stretch, as they went on to record a 15-point victory at home.
Overall, Tucker had a solid night for Union, scoring his 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Elsewhere, forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) registered another double-digit scoring night, coming in with 17 points and nine rebounds. T.J. Jones (JR/Spartanburg, S.C.) was the last double-digit scorer for the Bulldogs, as he chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
By The Numbers
- ¥ Tonight’s win was Union’s 21st by double-figures on the 2014-15 season, 13th in the teams current 15-game winning streak.
- ¥ Union has now won 10 straight games inside Robsion Arena on the year and is 12-1 overall in Barbourville.
- ¥ With tonight’s win, Union has won 12 games in a row in AAC play. Also, dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have now won 23 of their last 25 AAC regular season contests.
- ¥ The game was televised locally on WYMT-TV 2/This TV.
- ¥ After the game, the Bulldogs cut down nets on both sides of the court to commemorate winning the 2014-15 AAC Regular Season Championship. Union clinched the title on Wednesday night after a Milligan (Tenn.) loss.
The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in almost a month on Wednesday, as they travel to Bryan (Tenn.) for another AAC-clash. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.