BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College hit over 57 percent of its shots, but it wasn't enough to over come 26 turnovers as visiting Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) University scored the 93-85 victory Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (3-4 overall) hit 39-of-68 shots (57.4 percent) from the floor while the Eagles shot 40.7 percent (33-of-81 shots). However, Cincinnati Christian (4-3 overall) netted 29 points off of Union's 26 turnovers.
Conversely, Union scored only 17 points off of 19 Cincinnati Christian miscues.
Union maintained the lead for much of the first half, building a 20-13 cushion after a Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) bucket at the 9:45 mark. However, the Bulldogs could not shake the Eagles as the visitors rallied to tie the score at 26-26 on a Darriel Hunter 3-pointer with 3:15 remaining.
After Union made it 28-26, Cincinnati Christian went on an 8-0 run to grab a six-point lead. Anthony Coote (Georgetown, Ky.) hit a 3-pointer just before the half to pull Union within 34-31 at the break.
The Bulldogs kept the game close for much of the second half. Dan Penick (Ludlow, Ky.) tied the game at 59-59 with 10:58 to play, but Union never reclaimed the lead in the second half.
Following a 7-0 Eagle run, the Bulldogs scored six-straight points to cut the margin to 66-65 at the 7:44 mark. But Cincinnati Christian countered with a 14-5 rally to open up an 80-70 lead with 4:27 remaining. Union never recovered as it could not get any closer than seven points as Cincinnati Christian pulled out the 93-85 decision.
Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) paced Union with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) chipped in 15 points and five rebounds. Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) just missed recording double-double as he finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
For Cincinnati Christian, Dartanian Thomas set the tone with 24 points, while Joe Mendenhall netted 17 points. Meanwhile, Josh Reid chipped in 15 points, and Hunter and Kurt Duke contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Eagles outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-35 as well.
Union returns to action Friday when it plays host to Berea (Ky.) College at 7:30 p.m.