Tuesday, November 18, 2014

No. 16 Union College Destroys Alice Lloyd College

(16) Union College 87
Alice Lloyd College 50

Final from Barboursville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - T.J. Jones (JR/Spartanburg, S.C.) came off the bench to lead four Union College double-digit scorers, as the No. 16 Bulldogs pulled away from Alice Lloyd in the second half in an 87-50 victory in NAIA men's basketball action on Monday night at Robsion Arena.

With the victory, Union won their third straight game, improving to 5-1 overall on the season. Alice Lloyd fell to 2-3 with the defeat.

In the first half of the ballgame, both teams struggled in trying to find rhythm on the offensive end. Union, however, kept a lead for most the half, only falling behind early on two separate occasions. With six minutes left, Union opened their first double-digit lead of the night, going up 28-18 after a Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla.) jumper in the lane.

Once Union grabbed a double-digit lead, Alice Lloyd was unable to get very close the rest of the period, as the Union defense was tenuous all half. At intermission, the Bulldogs held an 11-point lead at 37-26, as they held the Eagles to just 23 percent shooting from the floor in the first half (6-of-26).

In the second half, the Union offense caught up with the defense, as the Bulldogs blew the game out early in the period after a 13-2 run to start the half resulted in a big 52-28 lead. That lead was too much for the visiting Eagles to come back from, as the Bulldogs continued to pour it on over the first 10 minutes of the period, going up by 30 points at one point (67-37).

From there, Union coasted, on their way to their third 30-plus point win on the young season.

Overall, Jones led a balanced scoring attack for Union with his 12-point night, missing just one shot in a 5-of-6 performance from the floor. Elsewhere, White scored 11 points, and Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) and Tyler Wagner (SR/Corbin, Ky. ) each scored 10 points, apiece. Wagner also blocked two shots in the win, as well.

But, the true star of the night for Union was their defensive unit, which was dominant for 40 minutes. In the end, ALC shot just 24 percent from the floor in the loss, making just four three-pointers. The Bulldogs also forced 24 turnovers, blocked nine shots, and held the Eagles to just 24 points in the second half.

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