Thursday, February 12, 2015

Union College Destroys St. Andrews to Capture AAC Regular Season Championship, Extend Record Winning Streak

(20) Union College 83
St. Andrews 58

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Guard Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) poured in a season-high 30 points, as the No. 20 Union College men's basketball team rolled past St. Andrews (N.C.) in a historic 83-58 victory on Wednesday night at Robsion Arena.

With the win, Union improved to 23-4 overall, 14-1 in the AAC, and won their 14th straight game, a new school-record. Also, by virtue of AAC-rival Milligan's (Tenn.) loss to Reinhardt (89-81), the Bulldogs clinched their second straight AAC Regular Season Championship.

In the victory, the first five minutes was a defensive struggle between the teams, with Union eventually taking control with 14 minutes left after taking a 14-4 lead. St. Andrews, however, clawed their way back in it, eventually cutting the Bulldog lead down to 18-13 with 8:47 left.

From this point on, Union dominated play, racing on a quick 6-0 run to go back up double-digits at 23-13. The run continued for the rest of the half, as the Bulldogs rolled into the locker room holding an insurmountable 40-23 lead over the visiting Knights after ending the half on a 22-10 run.

It was more of the same in the second half, as Union quickly ballooned the lead out to 20 points at 45-25 two minutes into the half. St. Andrews was unable to get very close to the Union lead the rest of the evening, as the Bulldogs coasted down the stretch for another dominating victory at home, this time by 25 points.

Overall, Hagans was spectacular in the win, scoring his 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor. The senior from Lexington also snatched seven rebounds, blocked two shots, and had two steals in the win, as well.

Elsewhere for the Bulldogs, JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) had another strong game, scoring 17 points, while Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) ended the night with 12 points and six steals, a career-high in that department for the senior.

On the defensive end for the Bulldogs, it was another impressive showing, as they held St. Andrews to just 39.6 percent shooting from the floor (18.8 percent from three-point range). Union also forced 17 SAU turnovers, recording 15 steals and six blocks, as well.

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