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Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 3, 2010
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Virginia Intermont
Union

BRISTOL, Va. - Union College collected its fourth win in a row and fourth consecutive road victory with an 80-76 decision over host Virginia Intermont College Wednesday in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 14-11 overall and 8-4 in league play, moving them into second place in conference play. Tennessee Wesleyan College leads the AAC with a 9-2 league mark with Union 1.5 games back. Reinhardt (Ga.) College is third at 6-3.

The four-game win streak is the longest for Union this season and the longest streak since November 2008. All in all, the Bulldogs have won six of their last seven games, including four conference road wins.

Virginia Intermont falls to 1-22 overall and 1-10 overall.

Although the Cobras own just one victory on the year, the Bulldogs had a time in defeating them. In the previous meeting on Dec. 5, Union needed overtime to post a 92-81 win.

There were 15 lead changes Wednesday and the score was tied four times. Union owned the largest lead of the game when it held an 18-9 advantage early in the game.

The Bulldogs led 38-31 at the half and had to hold on in the second period as the Cobras outscored Union 45-42. However, it was not enough as Union left with the four-point win.

Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) poured in a game-high 28 points, the most by any Bulldog this season. Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) followed with 20 points, while Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) added 13. Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) nearly had a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

For Virginia Intermont, Jimmie Ross led the way with 14 points, while Wade Bryant and Justin Brown each netted 13 points. Marquette Knight knocked in 11.

Union returns home Saturday to entertain Bluefield (Va.) College at 6 p.m.