BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Milligan's Hudson Fricke scored 20 points and knocked down an eventual game-winning three in the final seconds to cap off a late comeback to beat Union, 90-86 on Wednesday night in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 9-10 on the year and 3-2 in the AAC. Milligan improved 8-9 overall with the win, 4-1 in the AAC.
In the first half, Union came out of the gates on a torrid shooting pace, opening up a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. The Bulldogs never looked back the rest of the period, as the closest Milligan got to the Union lead was six points (14-8). The Bulldogs rode the momentum into the locker room at halftime holding a comfortable 51-33 lead. In the half, Union sot 63 percent from the floor, while Milligan shot just 44 percent.
To start the second half, Union continued to hold a large lead, eventually extending it out to 62-42 with 15:29 left. It was here that the Buffaloes began to chip away at the Union lead, going on a frantic 21-3 run over a six minute period to cut the Bulldog lead all the way down to two at 65-63.
Union, however, never relinquished the lead during the Milligan run and opened a seven point lead (83-76) with 2:50 left after a Turrell Morris
(Columbus, Ohio) lay-in. The lead was short-lived, however, as Milligan drained back-to-back three's to cut the lead to one, then after two made Bulldog free throws, tie the game for the first time at 85-all with 1:06 left with another three.
In the game's final minute, Union turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions to set the stage for Fricke's go-ahead three with 17 seconds left, giving the Buffaloes an 88-85 lead, their first of the night.
On Union's second to last possession, Ryan Young
(Waynesburg, Ky.) was fouled, and after making his first free throw to make it an 88-86 game, missed the second. Milligan snagged the defensive rebound, then nailed two free throws with three seconds left to put the game away.
Overall, Morris was impressive once again for the Bulldogs in a losing effort. He ended the night scoring a game-high 22 points. He also snagged 12 rebounds to record his 11th double-double of the season.
Union had three other double-digit scorers on the night as well. Cody Miller
(Barbourville, Ky.) scored 14 points, while recording four steals and three assists, while Payton Ponzer
(Independence, Ky.) and Brent Cork
(Saginaw, Mich.) each added 13 points apiece.
Union returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Tennessee Wesleyan for an AAC match-up. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.