NAIA
NAIA
Men's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 12, 2011
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90
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73
Bluefield
Union
BLUEFIELD, Va. -- Bluefield used a strong second half offensive performance to pull away from the Union College men's basketball team in a 90-73 win in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night.

With the loss, Union fell to 8-9 overall on the year, 2-1 in the AAC, while Bluefield improved to 7-10 overall and 2-1 in the AAC with the win.

In the first half, Union went into the locker room at intermission with a slim 40-39 lead. The Bulldogs were paced in the period by hot shooting from the floor, as they shot 59 percent (16-27) in the period.

In the second half, it was Bluefield who had the hot shooting hand, as they shot 58 percent (14-24) from the floor in the half to pull away from the Bulldogs, outscoring Union 51-33 in the period. The Rams were also helped by a 19-for-26 shooting performance from the free throw line in the half.

The Rams were led in the period by Borgia M'bala, who scored 17 points and shot a torrid five-of-seven from the floor.  M'bala also shot four-of-five from the three-point line in the half.

Overall for the Bulldogs, sophomore forward Turrell Morris (Columbus, Ohio) was the team's leading scorer, scoring a game-high 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting. Morris, who was named the NAIA's Division II Player of the Week on Tuesday also notched his 10th double-double of the season after pulling down 10 rebounds.

Union's other double-digit scorer on the night was Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) who scored 13 points. M'bala scored 27 on the night to lead Bluefield.

The Bulldogs will look to get back on track on Saturday when they travel to Montreat for another AAC contest. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.