Sunday, January 4, 2015

Union College Destroys St. Andrews in AAC Action

Union College 107
St. Andrews 71

Final from Laurinburg, North Carolina

Game recap by UC:

LAURINBURG, N.C. - Union College guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) scored a game-high 22 points, as the Bulldogs never trailed in a dominating 107-71 victory at St. Andrews (N.C.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Union improved to 10-4 overall, 5-1 in the AAC, while St. Andrews fell to 5-5 overall, 2-5 in the AAC with the loss.

In the win, Union made quick work of the host Knights, leaping out to an insurmountable 27-9 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. As the period wore on, the Bulldogs continued to increase their lead, going up by a half high 29 points with 1:48 left (56-27). At intermission, the Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 56-35 lead, as Union shot at a 65 percent clip in the period to take the big lead.

In the second half, the Bulldogs continued to roll, going up by 44 points with 7:17 left (98-54). From there, Union coasted, going over the century mark for the first time since a 107-43 win in the Bulldogs' first game of the season on November 4 in the convincing 36-point win.

Overall, Tucker led five Union double-digit scorers with his 22-point effort. marking the third time on the year the junior has gone over 20 points in a game on the year (first since Nov. 25 at Tennessee Wesleyan).

Elsewhere, guard Michael Bueter (SO/Fort Thomas, Ky. ) shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range in a 13-point effort, while forward Gerrard Newby (SO/Lexington, Ky. ) tacked on 12 points, snatching down seven rebounds, as well.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Union was David Kapinga (FR/Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and newcomer Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.), who each had 10 points in the win.

As a team, the Bulldogs posted their best shooting night of the season at 64 percent from the floor. Union also shot 80 percent from three-point range (12-of-15) in the victory, as well.

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