By John Gatto
For the Mountain Advocate
Forward Gerrard Newby (SO/Lexington, Ky.) and center Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 17 points, apiece, as the No. 23 Union College men’s basketball team never trailed against Point (Ga.) on Wednesday night, rolling to an 81-65 victory in Appalachian Athletic Conference play at Robsion Arena.
With the victory, the Bulldogs won their 12th straight game to move to 21-4 overall, 13-1 in the AAC. Point fell to 3-23, 2-13 in the AAC with the defeat.
In the victory, the game was essentially put out of Point’s reach in the first three minutes of regulation, as the Bulldogs came out on absolute fire out of the gate. When the dust settled, Union had held a huge 14-0 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half.
The closest Point came to the Union lead the rest of the period was 12 points (41-29), as the Bulldogs went into the locker room up by 14 points (43-29) over the visiting Skyhawks.
To start the second half, Point was the aggressor, as they scored the first four points of the period to cut the Union lead to 10 at 43-33.
This, however, was the closest Point came to the Union lead the rest of the night, as the Bulldogs went on a staggering 21-0 run over the next six minutes to take an insurmountable 64-33 lead with 13:34 left. From there, the Bulldogs rolled, as they coasted to their 12th straight win by 16 points.
Overall, Newby and Johnson led the way for Union inside with their 17-point evenings. Newby’s night was very impressive, as the sophomore registered a double-double (his third of the season) after pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. Johnson once again didn’t miss a shot in a Union win, going 8-for-8 from the floor in his fifth straight double-digit scoring game.
Elsewhere, Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) went into double-figures yet again, missing just two shots (7-of-9) from the floor in a 16 point, six rebound, six assist evening. Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla.) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Bulldogs, chipping in with 13 points in the victory.
By the Numbers
- ¥ With tonight’s win, Union has won 10 games in a row in AAC play. Also, dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have now won 21 of their last 23 AAC regular season contests.
- ¥ Tonight’s win was Union’s 18th by double-figures on the 2014-15 season, 10th in the teams current 12-game winning streak. It was also their fifth of the team’s 12-game winning streak in which they never trailed.
- ¥ The Bulldog defense once again had a strong night, holding Point to just 35 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 19 turnovers.
- ¥ Hagans’ double-digit scoring night was his seventh straight, and 10th in 12 games played on the year. The Bulldogs still have yet to lose a game in which Hagans plays.
Union will now take five days off, returning to action on Monday when they take on Ohio Christian at Robsion Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.