Bulldogs News
Men's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 17, 2009

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College only has two Appalachian Athletic Conference games left and the Bulldogs start the final week Wednesday at Montreat (N.C.) College.

The tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs won their first game in the month of February Saturday, a 94-70 result over Covenant (Ga.) College. Union knocked down a season-high 12 3-pointers in the contest. The win was the second time this season Union has won a game when scoring more than 90 points and both were against Covenant. In each half, Union scored 47 points.

Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) and Ryne Bretz (Carlisle, Ky.) both scored 16 points. James Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) chipped in 14 points. Antonio Murry (Antioch, Tenn.) collected seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Michael Hester (Independence, Ky.) was also credited with six assists to go with a pair of steals.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and moved the Bulldogs' record to 9-7 in league play. Union's overall record was evened at 13-13. In the conference standings, Union trails Tennessee Wesleyan College by a game for third place. The Bulldogs are a game better than Bryan (Tenn.) College.

Montreat enters the contest tied with Milligan (Tenn.) College with 7-9 AAC records tied for sixth. Montreat's overall record stands at 10-18.

Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) continues to own Union's scoring lead by averaging 13.4 points per contest. He is coming off a 6-point performance Saturday and has scored 28 points in the last three games. Brown has the most steals on the team with 47.

Hester provides 4.6 assists per game. Murry dishes out 3.0 assists as well.

Brett Miller (Carrolton, Ky.) continues to hold the rebounding lead with 5.2 per contest.

Seven times this season a Bulldog has scored 20 or more points, however it has been nine games since the feat occurred. Brown scored 20 points at Covenant on Jan. 14 and it was the first 20-plus scoring effort in six games.

Union needs 12 assists to surpass last season's squad total. The 2008-09 team has 365 assists through 26 games and last season's team had 376 over 32 games. This season's edition averages three more assist per game then last season.

For Montreat, M.J. Njoku owns a 19.1 points per game average and he is the only Cav to average in double-digits. His average ranks third in the conference. Njoku also grabs 5.4 rebounds and provides 3.3 assists per game to lead Montreat in each category.

Seth Moore averages 1.1 blocks per contest which is the third best mark in the AAC. He has blocked a total of 30 shots on the season. As a team, Union has 51 blocks with the most, 13, coming from Miller.

The last time Montreat played, the Cavs fought off Bryan for a 78-70 win Saturday. Freshman Vince Dombrowski scored a team-best 17 points off the bench. Njoku scored 12 and Moore provided 11 points with 10 rebounds.

In the first meeting with Montreat, Union needed five points in the final four seconds to scratch out a 77-75 win on Jan. 17. A pair of free throws from Hester with two seconds left gave Union the lead after Brown knocked down the game-tying 3-pointer with four seconds showing on the clock.

Demus paced Union with 13 points. Bill Davis (Harrodsburg, Ky.) scored 11 points and blocked two shots.

Njoku led all scorers with 24 and A.J. Smith provided 16 points.

The win was the 70th for Union in AAC play since joining the league for the 2002-03 season. Union currently has a 73-65 conference record over the seven seasons.

Montreat owns the series advantage at 4-11 during Union's time in the AAC. At Montreat, the Bulldogs are 1-5.

The last two games have gone to Union, but before that the Bulldogs dropped nine in a row to the Cavs. The two Union victories have been by a combined three points while Montreat's average margin of victory in the previous nine games was 11.2.

Union will look to break a two-game losing streak in contests played on Wednesday. When games are on Wednesday, the Bulldogs are 4-5 this season.

 
 
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