BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Junior Darrel Jackson poured in a game-high 22 points to help lead Union College to an 84-59 victory over visiting Kentucky Christian University Thursday.
The win puts Union at 7-7 overall as it heads into the Christmas break. The Bulldogs will play an exhibition game at Tennessee Tech University on Dec. 30 before resuming their regular-season slate at home on Jan. 2 against Indiana University East.
"It's nice to head into the break at .500," said Union coach Sean Gillespie. "It's been a good week of basketball. The guys have played well this past week, and they deserve this break. We look forward to seeing what the new year will bring."
Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) had a solid all-around game. In addition to his 22 points, he recorded eight rebounds and six assists.
The Bulldogs were in control of the game from the opening tip as they built a 13-3 lead by the 13:40 mark. After Kentucky Christian made it a 19-11 contest, Jackson capped a 12-7 stretch with a pair of free throws to give Union a 31-16 edge with 5:40 to in the break.
The Crusaders ended the half on an 8-4 run and started the second half with five straight points to pull within 35-29 with 18:34 remaining.
However, Union quickly stretched the margin back to double digits, eventually building a 64-44 cushion with 7:11 to play. The Bulldogs' lead hovered around 20 points for the remainer of the contest as they coasted to the 84-59 victory.
The Bulldogs, as a team, played a real balanced game with three players scoring in double figures and eight netting at least four points. Union also won the battle of the boards, outrebouding Kentucky Christian narrowly 41-40. In addition, the Bulldogs recorded 21 assists on 31 made baskets with four players having at least three helpers.
After Jackson, Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) paced Union with 14 points with Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) knocking in 13. Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) had a solid game with nine points, six rebounds and a game-high four steals, two more swipes than the Crusaders had as a team.
Cedomir Ilic led Kentucky Christian with 13 points with Jonathan Hood chipping in 12. Svetomir Ilic recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Blandon Clemmons added 10 points.