BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Bryan's Scott Newton led all scorers with 22 points as they held off the Union men's basketball team in a 65-60 victory at Robsion Arena in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 10-11 on the year and 3-3 in the AAC, while Bryan, ranked 24th in the NAIA Division II poll, improved to 15-6 overall, 6-1 in the AAC with the win.
In the first half, the lead went back and forth throughout most of the period, as both Bryan and Union had a piece of the lead on several occasions. The Lions, however, used a 6-0 run around the three minute mark to take a 24-19 lead and ended the period strong, going into intermission with a 33-26 lead after a Demond Craig lay-in with three seconds left.
To start the second half, Bryan came out and scored the halves first bucket to make it 35-26, but Union proceeded to go on a run of their own (12-2) to take the lead back at 38-37 with 15 minutes left in the half after Cody Miller
(Barbourville, Ky.) drained a three-pointer. It was at this point that both teams once again went back and forth with the lead, as the game was tied at three separate occasions in a ten minute span.
With five minutes left and their lead cut to one at 57-56 after a Turrell Morris
(Columbus, Ohio) lay-in, Bryan took control of the contest, knocking down back-to-back lay in's to take what turned out to be an insurmountable 61-56 lead with 3:48 left.
Union shortly cut the lead to three (61-58) after a Brent Cork
(Saginaw, Mich.) lay-in, but it was the closest the Bulldogs got to the lead the rest of the night, as Bryan played strong defense, and salted away the game at the free throw line over the final minute to take the win.
Overall for Union, Cork and Miller each led the way on offense scoring 13 points apiece. Cork also hauled in six rebounds, while Ryan Young
(Waynesburg, Ky.) was Union's other double-digit scorer on the night, registering 11 points. Newton scored his 22 on 10-of-20 shooting from the field, as Bryan as a team shot 52 percent from the field in the contest. The Lions also held the AAC's leading scorer Morris to just six points on the night.
Union returns to action on Saturday when they host Virginia Intermont in an AAC tilt. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.