BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College blocked a season-high eight shots Monday as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Milligan (Tenn.) College 78-69 for their third win in a row.
The three-game win streak matches the longest one for Union this season as it improved to 13-11 overall and 7-4 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. The Bulldogs are winners in five of their last six games.
Milligan, meanwhile, dropped to 8-14 overall and 4-7 in league play.
Union blocked eight shots with Ishan Phillips (Philadelphia, Pa.) swatting four and Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) recording three.
Both Phillips and Hurd had solid all-around games. Phillips netted 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Hurd went 6-for-6 from the floor in scoring 13 points to go with six rebounds.
Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) paced the Bulldogs with 20 points and dished out four assists. Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) had another solid outing with 17 points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds.
The game was tight early on with the leading changing hands twice within the first eight minutes. However, Union took the lead for good after a Stephens layup made it 12-11 with 12:03 to go in the period during a 14-0 run, making it 21-11 with 9:48 remaining.
Milligan rallied, cutting the margin to 29-25 after a Cordero Seymour bucket with 4:09 left. But Union closed out the half on a 10-4 run to take a 39-29 advantage into the break.
The Bulldogs put the game on cruise control in the second half, leading by as much as 14 points with Milligan never coming closer than six to threatening to take the lead.
Union shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57 shots) from the field, while Milligan made 43.1 percent (28-of-65) of its shots. The Buffaloes did not help themselves at the charity stripe as they made only 8-of-17 free throws (47.1 percent).
Seymour was the lone Buffalo to score in double figures as he finish with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Two others scored nine points with two more netting eight.
Union returns to action Wednesday at Virginia Intermont in a conference showdown. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.