BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College watched Virginia Intermont College take an 82-73 Appalachian Athletic Conference win inside Robsion Arena Wednesday.
With the results, Union owns an 8-5 AAC record and moved to 12-11 overall. Virginia Intermont went to 4-9 in the conference with an overall record of 5-20.
Union remains in a third-place tie within the conference along with Tennessee Wesleyan College. Tennessee Wesleyan suffered an upset defeat, 60-47, at Bryan (Tenn.) College.
In the final 20 minutes, Union owned the lead, 67-66, for 36 seconds after Clinton Dixon (Irvine, Ky.) scored two of his four points. Nathaniel Hart reeled off three-straight points which gave Virginia Intermont the lead for good. Jamaal Clarke added a 3-pointer to extend the Cobras' advantage to 72-67 with 4:14 left in the contest.
The Bulldogs would cut the gap down to three points twice in the waning moments, but no closer.
Union held a 29-20 lead with 7:13 left in the opening half only to see Virginia Intermont answer in the final minutes of the half. The advantage dwindled until the game was tied at 35 apiece with 3:59 showing on the first-half clock. After an Antonio Murry (Antioch, Tenn.) free throw to give the Bulldogs the lead again, Courtney White put Virginia Intermont in front for the first time of the contest with back-to-back baskets.
Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) knocked down a 3-pointer which made the score 41-40 in favor of Union as the clock had 1:13 left in the half. Five straight points from Virginia Intermont is how the half ended and the Cobras took a 45-41 lead into the locker room.
An impressive start for Union is how the first three minutes of the contest went. The Bulldogs scored the first four points as part of an 11-2 opening segment.
Brown finished the game with 18 points while James Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) chipped in 10 points. Murry dished out a season-best nine assists and collected seven steals. He also tied his season-high with five rebounds. The seven steals are the most any Bulldog has recorded this season.
Freshman Dominique Burdett (Louisville, Ky.) blocked two shots in the contest. He is the seventh Bulldog this season to block two shots in a game. In the previous two contests, Union did not record a block.
The conference's second-leading scorer, Akeem Price paced all scorers with 26 points for the winning squad. He also collected 11 rebounds. Hart and Clarke scored 18 and 13 points, respectively. Hart also grabbed eight rebounds.
Union made 28 field goals while Virginia Intermont made 27. The Cobras owned the advantage at the free-throw line going 20-for-25 (80 percent) and Union went 12-for-19 (63.2 percent).
The season series ended in a split like the previous six season of AAC play as no team has swept the season series ever as the series record stands at 7-7. The Bulldogs won the contest in Bristol on Dec. 6, 79-75. Union also watched a two-game winning streak over the Cobras snapped.
The Bulldogs started the month of February on the wrong foot. Over the last four seasons, Union owns a 5-12 record in games to start the month.
Union travels to play No. 10 Bluefield (Va.) College Saturday. The conference tilt is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. In the first meeting this season, Bluefield captured a 96-85 win on Jan. 7 in Barbourville.
- When an opponent scores more than 80 points, Union is 0-9.
- Brown has led Union in scoring nine times this season.
- If Union trails at halftime, the Bulldogs are 4-8 now.
- The Bulldogs' record on Wednesday games went to 4-4.