BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College ended the regular season with a 76-73 defeat by No. 24 King (Tenn.) College on Senior Night in the Appalachian Athletic Conference season finale Saturday.
Union finishes the regular season with a 10-8 conference record and an overall record of 14-14. King moved to 14-4 in league play and 21-7 overall.
The Bulldogs will have to wait to see how the AAC Tournament bracket fills out to see who the next opponent will be. Union will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament that starts Thursday. It will be contested at King's Student Center located in Bristol, Tenn. Union's first-round opponent will be announced Sunday. However, the game is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m.
A late flourish in the final three minutes brought Union to within three after trailing by as many as 14 points four minutes earlier.
Six King free throws in the final three minutes helped seal the contest.
In the opening half senior Ryne Bretz (Carlisle, Ky.) started the game with a 3-pointer. From there King went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to grab control.
Union fought back with 10 straight points to take a 15-12 lead.
The lead changed hands seven more times as King took a 38-33 advantage into the half-time break. The Bulldogs are now 4-10 when trailing at halftime. Union did outscore King 40-38 in the final 20 minutes, but it was three points short.
Michael Hester (Independence, Ky.) paced Union with 14 points and dished out six assists. The trio of Tino Washington (Lexington, Ky.), Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) and Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) all scored 13 points each. Brett Miller (Carrolton, Ky.) grabbed nine rebounds.
Kyle Savley, the league's second leading scorer to 19 points. He entered the game averaging 21.2 points per contest.
Eddie Piccinini poured in 15 points. Ben Bosse and J.T. Blair scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Union made four more shots than King, 24-20, however the Tornado knocked down 13 more free throws. The Bulldogs were called for 33 fouls in the contest which led to King's 45 free-throw attempts. King made 30 of their attempts. Union was 17-for-25 at the line. The Bulldogs did make two more 3-pointers. Union moved to 7-2 when making more 3-pointers.
The rebounding advantage went to King, 44-38. Of King's 44 rebounds, 15 were on the offensive end that led to nine second-chance points.