ATHENS, Tenn. --
Union's Brent Cork
and Ian Davis
both recorded double-doubes, as the Bulldogs used a strong second half to pull away from Tennessee Wesleyan, 72-66 on Saturday afternoon in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the win, the Bulldogs moved to 10-10 on the year, 4-2 in the AAC, while Tennessee Wesleyan fell to 8-11 and 2-3 in the AAC with the loss.
In the first half, Tennessee Wesleyan controlled the pace and took a slim 36-32 lead going into intermission. TWC was led by Matt Harper in the period, who scored 10 points, but the half's leading scorer was Cork (Saginaw, Mich.), who scored 14 on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.
In the second half, defense was the name of the game for the Bulldogs, as they held Tennessee Wesleyan to just 32.3 percent shooting from the floor and forced eight turnovers to take control of the game. On the offensive end, the Bulldogs did just enough, as they outscored TWC 40-30 in the period to take the six point victory.
The Bulldogs were helped in the win by an impressive performance from the free throw line, ending the night shooting 81.8 percent from the charity stripe (18-of-22). Union also pulled away from TWC in the second half after missing just two free throws (14-16) in the period.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Wesleyan was hampered in the contest by poor shooting from both the free throw line (38.7 percent) and from three-point range (28.6 percent).
Overall, Union was led by Cork, who was the game's leading scorer with 19 points. Cork also pulled down 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high 13 boards to record his second double-double of the season. Davis also blocked two shots in the victory. Antonio Murry
(Nashville, Tenn.) and Darriel Hunter
(Indianapolis, Ind.) each pitched in with eight points apiece in the win as well. Union also won the contest despite being without the services of the AAC's leading scorer in Turrell Morris
(Columbus, Ohio), who sat out the entire contest.
Tennessee Wesleyan was led by Harper, who finished with 18 points.
Union returns to action on Wednesday when they host Bryan in an AAC match-up at Robsion Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.