BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Union sophomore Turrell Morris
led all scorers with 32 points and pulled down 21 total rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing 80-68 win over Virginia Intermont in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Saturday evening.
With the win, Union improved to 11-11 overall, 5-3 in the AAC, while Virginia Intermont fell to 7-18, 1-7 in the AAC with the loss.
In the first half, Union set the tone in the first five minutes, jumping out to a 13-6 lead at the 15 minute mark after a Ryan Young
(Waynesburg, Ky.) lay-in. Union eventually pushed the lead to 12 after James Strange
(Pineville, Ky.) drained a three pointer to make it 18-6 in favor of the Bulldogs with 13:33 left in the half. Virginia Intermont, however, went on a run of their own, cutting the Union lead down to four (27-23) with eight minutes left in the half and stayed within striking distance for majority of the period.
Union, however, went on a torrid run to end the half, outscoring the Cobras 11-7 down the stretch to take a 46-37 lead going into the locker room at intermission. Morris (Columbus, Ohio) made his presence felt in the period, as he had already recorded his 12th double-double of the 2010-11 campaign after 20 minutes of play with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
To start the second half, Union came racing out of the locker room, going on a 13-0 run to start the half. The run was punctuated by a Morris lay-in with 14:28 left that gave the Bulldogs a 59-37 lead. The deficit was too much for VIC to comeback from, as the closest they got to the Bulldog lead the rest of the night was 11 (77-66) with a little over three minutes left, as the Bulldogs coasted to a double-digit win.
Overall, Morris was the story of the night, scoring his 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field. Morris was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the contest. The 21 rebound total (13 defensive and eight offensive) was just two shy of tying an all-time Union record of 23, which was set by Bill Trent during the 1963-64 season.
The other double-digit scorer on the night for the Bulldogs was Stuart Stamper
(Hindman, Ky.), who scored 17 points and went a perfect 3-for-3 from outside the arc. Overall, Union shot 46.2 percent from the floor in the contest (54.8 percent in the first half) and held the Cobras to just 38.5 percent shooting from the floor on the night.
Virginia Intermont was led in the losing effort by Joshua Hart, who scored 24 points.
Union returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Reinhardt in an AAC tilt. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.