BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College had problems hanging onto the ball and visiting Indiana University Southeast took advantage of the opportunities as the Grenadiers registered an 87-76 victory Saturday.
The Bulldogs committed 24 turnovers, which the Grenadiers cashed in for 29 points. Conversely, IU Southeast turned the ball over only 12 times, resulting in 17 points for Union.
The loss dropped Union to 4-5 on the season, while IU Southeast improved to 6-2 overall.
The Bulldogs trailed by as much as 13 points in the first half but rallied to cut the deficit to 37-31 at the half.
As the second half unfolded, Union immediately began chipping away at the deficit and eventually took a 47-46 lead after a Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) bucket with 15:15 remaining.
IU Southeast responded with an 11-4 surge to open up a 57-51 margin at the 11:15 mark. But once again, the Bulldogs rallied and tied the game at 62-62 when Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) hit a pair a free throws with 8:50 remaining.
However, Union never regained the lead as IU Southeast methodically opened up a 78-68 lead following a Brice Mitchell basket with 4:28 left. Ponzer drained a 3-pointer to cut the margin to seven, but the Grenadiers pushed the lead to 83-71 en route to the 11-point win.
Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) led Union with 19 points and four assists, while Ponzer followed with 15 points. Jerome Carmichael (Newport, Tenn.) knocked in 13 points.
For IU Southeast, Carlos Mitchell set the pace with 19 points with Rick Bodiford contributing 18 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Jazzmire Ferguson helped out with 14 points and six assists.
Union returns to action Wednesday when it pays Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Milligan (Tenn.) College a visit. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.