WALESKA, Ga.- Union College topped Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Reinhardt College in comeback fashion Saturday evening, 59-54.
With the win the Bulldogs improve their record to 18-12 (11-5) while Reinhardt falls to 16-11 (9-7) on the season.
The win was Union's fourth victory in a row and eighth in their last nine contests.
The victory also guaranteed the Bulldogs either the second seed or the third seed in the conference tournament, as well as a shot at the regular season championship in the AAC.
Union was led in the contest by Senior Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) who netted 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field in the tilt. Stephens showed his medal from the free throw line as the guard converted on 6-of-7 from the line. The Bulldogs also received a solid contribution from Senior Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) who added 10 points in the win.
The Bulldogs found themselves down six, 26-20, at the midway point of the game large in part to ice cold shooting in the opening stanza, going 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) from the floor, 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from behind the arc and 2-for-6 (33.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs were looking for a spark as they headed into the second half and Coach Sean Gillespie pulled the right strings as Union scored 39 second half points on the strength of hot shooting from the field. The final twenty minutes saw the Bulldogs shoot 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from the floor, 4-of-8 (50 percent) from three point range and 13-18 (72.2 percent) from the free throw line to help seal the comeback.
The Bulldogs will return to action Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.
Details on the post season conference tournament bracket will be finalized Sunday.