ATHENS, Tenn. - A tale of two halves saw Union College drop a 72-60 Appalachian Athletic Conference contest Wednesday at Tennessee Wesleyan College in a battle for third place in the conference standings.
Union owned a 38-31 half-time lead and then in the second half, Tennessee Wesleyan outscored the Bulldogs 41-22. Union's 22 second-half points are the fewest scored by the Bulldogs in the final half this season.
Beau Brown returned to his hometown of Athens and scored 14 points for Union. James Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) also poured in 14 points for Union's cause. Both recorded two steals.
Brett Miller (Carrolton, Ky.) scored eight points with six rebounds.
Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 23 points for the winning squad. Wes Suiter finished with a dozen points.
Shooting woes in the second half hampered Union. The Bulldogs went 7-for-29 in the half after a 18-for-40 first-half. However, Union made one more field goal than Tennessee Wesleyan. The home team was able to make two more 3-pointers and go 20-for-32 at the free-throw line. On the other side, Union was 8-for-13 at the line.
Union slipped into a tie for fourth at the moment at 8-7 in the conference. The Bulldogs' overall record went to 12-13 as their losing streak was pushed to three games. Tennessee Wesleyan moved into sole possession of third at 10-5 with an overall record of 13-10.
Tennessee Wesleyan evened the season series after Union won the contest in Barbourville 75-63 on Jan. 10.
Union will host Covenant (Ga.) College for a 6 p.m. conference contest Saturday. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 93-67 on Jan. 14.